Lead Nursery Practitioner

Job summary

Location:Hopscotch Hove Station

Hours:Full Time - 42.5 hours per week Monday to Friday


Holiday:32 days

Deadline:Applications closed


  • Highly Competitive Salary
  • £750 Welcome Bonus
  • 20% Childcare Discount
  • Supplementary Cost of Living Payment
  • Generous Sickness Entitlement – 7 days paid sickness per year
  • Employee Assistance Programme for Staff Mental Health Wellbeing and Support
  • Regular Socials for all Nursery Teams
  • Weekly Fitness Classes
  • Interest-free Season Ticket Loans
  • Free Enhanced DBS Checks
  • Well-Established Career Path and Training Opportunities
  • Fresh Fruit, Tea & Coffee available for all staff


  • Minimum of NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education or equivalent
  • Two relevant satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check
  • Valid Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Undertake specialist supervisory training


  • To act as a Room Leader and taking responsibility for all aspects of care provided within that assigned room
  • To have exceptional knowledge of all children and their needs in order to oversee their development and provide support
  • To implement the nursery’s curriculum, the EYFS and be aware of any updates
  • To ensure all activities are age appropriate, stimulating and relevant to the EYFS and children’s specific learning objectives
  • To take ownership of the room so children have the best possible learning environments
  • To ensure displays showcase the nursery activities and are frequently updated to a high standard
  • To carry out the duties of a Key Person as per Ofsted’s definition
  • To work cohesively with the Nursery Management Team to prepare for Ofsted inspections
  • To ensure that the Hopscotch ethos is implemented in all areas of nursery life
  • To provide frequent updates to support to the Nursery Management Team
  • To manage and direct staff in line with Hopscotch policies and procedures, including safeguarding, health and safety, safe food preparation and allergen management
  • To support staff development through regular supervisions, peer on peer reviews, mentorship and CPD opportunities
  • To train new and existing staff in all aspects of observation planning and assessment
  • To work as part of a team with all staff members to keep the nursery evolving, improving and developing
  • To effectively monitor and support staff well-being and performance
  • To communicate effectively with parents and build a professional, trusting relationship
  • To potentially Deputise where required to do so

Please email jobs@hopscotch.uk.com if you have any questions or visit our Hopscotch Jobs page for more information.

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