About us Join our team Childcare Practitioner About the role: We are looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Childcare Practitioner, who will become a proactive member of our Kidzone team. You will play a crucial role in assisting the Childcare Manager in delivering fun, interesting and engaging day-to-day activities, and a high standard of care, for the children at Westbank’s Kidzone After School & Holiday Club, Pre-School and Play Group services. Our Ofsted-registered Kidzone team prides itself in delivering stimulating, exciting and engaging activities at our After School, Holiday Club and Play Group services. We have recently opened a new pre-school provision, designed to assist young children to begin their learning and start developing their skills through play, learning and interaction with other children. As a Childcare Practitioner, you will have the rare opportunity of playing a part in the development, and implementation, of this new service. As a Childcare Practitioner: You will assist the Childcare Manager in delivering day-to-day activities at Westbank’s Kidzone After School & Holiday Club, Pre-School and Play Group services; You will provide stimulating activities and a high standard of care for children aged between 3-12 in a safe, secure environment; You will contribute to maintaining a varied and interesting selection of activities and play experiences for the children, becoming an integral part of their learning and development journey; You will provide full care for the children, including: collecting children from school and provision of snacks/refreshments, providing play opportunities and extend learning through play; You will maintain accurate data records, ensuring all administration is processed efficiently. What we are looking for: We will be shortlisting on the following criteria, so please make reference as to how you meet these in your covering letter, ensuring similar work examples are included: Childcare Qualification, or NVQ in Play Work (Level 2 essential, Level 3 desirable); An understanding of the Play Work Principles and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; Level 2 Safeguarding Awareness Training (training will be offered); Health & Safety, Food Hygiene in the Workplace and Paediatric First Aid Certificates (training will be offered); Previous experience of caring for, or working with, children aged 3-12 in a voluntary or paid capacity; Enthusiasm for giving the highest possible quality care and educational opportunities; Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with colleagues, parents, carers and children; Previous experience of teaching in a Pre-School setting (desirable). Full details can be found in the Job Description Rate of pay: £12,480.00 pro rata - £19,240.00 FTE (Level 2 Qualified) £13,104.00 pro rata - £20,202.00 FTE (Level 3 Qualified) Hours per week: 24 – 37 per week (flexibility available with working days) Location: Westbank, Exminster Contract: Permanent To apply Our charity is committed to supporting inclusion and diversity in everything we do, so we encourage all candidates who meet the requirements to submit their application. To help us better evaluate your suitability for the role, please submit an up-to-date CV, with a covering letter outlining how you meet the shortlisting criteria, to [email protected]. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. An enhanced DBS check is required for this role About Westbank: Westbank is an award-winning, Devon-based registered charity established in 1986 and became a company limited by guarantee in 2007. The organisation was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in the villages along with west bank of the River Exe. The organisation now works with communities and individuals across Devon. Westbank provides many varied services to individuals across Devon, including Volunteering & Community Support Services, Gym & Fitness, Kidzone, Hospitality & Conferencing Services and Day Centre Services. We also deliver a Diabetes Prevention Programme and Devon Carers, providing support to over 22,000 unpaid carers of all ages.