Vacancy for Early Years Educator

(Early Years Practitioner/Nursery Staff)


Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you have the skills to support their learning and development? Do you hold (or are working towards) a full and relevant Early Years qualification level 2 or 3 as shown here?  At Green Ridge Primary Academy, we are looking for Early Years Educators to work within Little Ridges Nursery to support children in their learning and development throughout Nursery and into Reception year.  We are looking for people who are up for getting stuck into all aspects of academy life and have a ‘can-do’ approach and outlook! Little Ridges Nursery is a term time only setting offering breakfast and after school sessions, therefore, our nursery staff are required to work shifts that fall between the hours of 7:15am and 4:45pm, totalling 32.5 hours per week.

About us

Green Ridge Academy is a new primary school built on Berryfields, which opened in September 2017 in temporary accommodation on the site of the permanent building.  The permanent school building opened in September 2018.  The academy currently has two Nursery classes, with two form classes from Reception to year Six.  The school has grown year-on-year since its inception, taking children from aged 2-11.  The school will initially have a capacity for over 450 children but is being built with the additional capacity to extend to a three-form entry school with just over 650 children as and if required.

The academy is now looking to appoint additional staff to meet the needs of the children within the academy in its brand-new building.  You will be part of the team which has the unique opportunity to build and grow the school from its infancy.  There is no doubt about it, setting up the academy from scratch will take vision, dedication and hard work, but being part of that exciting and rare journey will be very rewarding to see the academy take shape over the next few years.  To see more information about the school, including design plans of the school, please visit our website

Aaron Wanford

Headteacher, Green Ridge Primary Academy


About the role

As a member of the academy’s support staff team, you will be responsible for supporting the development of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of learning.  This may be supporting children on a one-to-one basis, supporting small groups or delivering interventions and additional support to children as needed.  Initially this will be within one of the Early Years classes (the 2/3-year-old room) and the role also includes supervising children during break and lunchtimes and before/after school sessions in line with your shift pattern and as necessary.

What we’re looking for:

We welcome applications from candidates with experience from educational or other relevant childcare backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to hold (or be working towards) a minimum of a full and relevant Level 2 or 3 qualification in Early Years Education in line with DfE guidelines on ratios across the provision.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A full & relevant Level 2 or 3 qualification
  • The motivation and passion to achieve the very best for the children in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
  • A good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a wider team
  • The ability to work on initiative
  • A ‘can-do’ approach to all aspects of academy life
  • A willingness to undertake professional development and grow their skills
  • Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour

In return we can offer:

  • A commitment to you and your professional development
  • Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
  • A growing learning community
  • Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference

Green Ridge Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Green Ridge Primary Academy has a rigorous Child Protection policy and is committed to the welfare of every child.  Consequently, all short-listed candidates will be asked for two references before interview, and these could be followed up with a verbal discussion with your referee.  If successful, your enhanced DBS check will be carried out irrespective of any previous checks and a Disqualification Declaration form will also be required.

Candidates will be expected to self-disclose information to us should there be any current or historical convictions, hearings or allegations.

We hope you will take the time to find out more about our new academy and experience our warm welcome. For further information about the role, or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Lauren Curtis-Cross, Executive Assistant to the Leadership Team, at [email protected] or telephone 01296 326320.  For details on how to apply for the role, please refer to the application pack.

EYE Application Pack | 3MB

Application Form – EYE | 139KB