EYFS Teaching Assistant - Pentland Primary School - 1Excellence Multi Academy Trust

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time - term time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 12/11/2021 12:00
£16,990-£18,029 - Level 3 - Grade H - Spinal Point 14-17
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Schools - Support
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Closing date:
12 Nov
Further Information

Two Posts - Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant
Post 1 – Level 3, Permanent
Post 2 – Level 3, Fixed Term until 31/08/2022
32.5 hours, term time only

1Excellence Multi Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust of 2 schools but with plans to grow to 4 primary schools during 2021. The Trust was set up in July 2017, and is a mixed MAT. The vision and rationale behind the wider partnership is based on shared values and aspirations, a strong sense of community identity and values of inclusion and aspiration for all.

1Excellence Multi Academy Trust believes in supporting and investing in its staff and has a structured well-being programme. The programme includes physiotherapy, Nurse support service and drop-in clinic, counselling, mindfulness support, weight management, stress awareness, GP consultations and private medical operations.

We are also keen for staff to be able to reach their full potential and offer a range of professional development opportunities in all areas of education, nurturing and leadership.

Pentland Primary school’s Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) has undergone extensive growth and development since the trust began. We have a very popular and inviting nursery and separate reception setting ran by a team of experienced and dedicated staff who all believe that every child is unique and deserve the best possible start in life though quality and enabling experiences.

As part of our growth, we have recently taken over the bespoke nursery setting within the 0-19 hub situated at the back of the primary school. We are moving our current 45 place nursery into the new building and opening our doors to 2year old children from early November. Due to this, we are looking to appoint two enthusiastic and hardworking, Level 3 Teaching Assistants.

The candidates need to be motivated, enthusiastic and resilient EYFS practitioners who have experience of working with children of EYFS age. Ideally, you will have an understanding of the new EYFS profile and framework as well as sound safeguarding knowledge. The candidate should be a team player full of creative ideas and a positive attitude.

The role will involve:
- Providing specialist support in the early years foundation stage, adhering to safeguarding policies and procedures.
- Supervising groups and occasionally whole classes for a session in the nursery or outside as required.
- Providing a high standard of nurturing and early education, through quality interactions and play, for all children within the setting. As well as on a one to one basis if required.
- Being proactive, flexible and a reliable team player, offering support to colleagues when required.
- Building and maintain strong relationships with children, parents and other settings or agencies to enable all children to develop and flourish with their needs at the forefront of all we do.
- Helping the children to make progress working closely with a supportive and experienced EYFS team, as well as other external professionals. You will regularly feedback to both the class teacher, EYFS leader and your colleagues regarding children’s progress and general wellbeing.
- Flexibility around your working hours. Due to the context and nature of the provision, there will be a need for some of the hours to be outside of the normal school hours (8.45 – 3.15).

You will need to hold an APPROVED Level 3 (or higher) teaching assistant or child care qualification. You will have experience of working with and supporting younger children within a school or private setting. You will have experience of dealing with intimate care and other self-care needs of younger children. You will have an understanding of the EYFS curriculum. Ideally, you will have an understanding of SEN and additional needs that children may have within the setting. An experience of supporting those with sensory issues would also be desirable. Most importantly, you will have a passion for working with young children and be a positive and enthusiastic team player.

Disclosure: We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to enhanced clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For an informal chat regarding this post, or to arrange a visit please contact Mrs Dawn Dacombe (Head Teacher) on (01642) 559609.

Application packs can be downloaded from the school website or from supporting documents. Please send completed application forms to natasha.white@1exmat.org.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.