We have a vacancy at Castle
Mead School in Trowbridge for an Early Years Teaching Assistant. The successful
candidate will join a friendly team whose vision for children’s individual
needs is at the heart of school life – every child matters. T he Nursery at Castle
Mead School cares for 2 – 4 year olds, and accepts Universal and Extended
funding. There is also the provision of breakfast and after school clubs.
Years practitioners are highly professional, experienced, and committed. The
successful candidate will be a key part of this close-knit team and contribute
to the life of the whole school. The role will involve:
with groups of individuals within all curricular areas under the direction of
the Senior Early Years Teaching Assistant, to develop the physical,
intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
with learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and
opportunities for children to work towards the Learning Outcomes
activities, ensuring that appropriate materials/equipment are available, and
assisting in clearing away afterwards
the preparation and adaptation of teaching aids, games, and worksheets as
pupils’ pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care
responsibility for the welfare and hygiene of pupils, including changing and
cleaning as necessary
You might have just finished a
qualification in childcare or Teaching and Learning, or worked as a
childminder, or are looking for a complete career change. Our staff come from a
huge variety of backgrounds, and we embrace and actively welcome people from
all walks of life. We understand and embrace the vast knowledge and skills that
come from a range of sectors. No matter your background, you will need to be:
passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone
who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
in working with pre-school children
to support all children with their learning and development
to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative
need to have the following skills to be really effective in this role:
2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (essential)
3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (desirable)
in First Aid, or willing to undertake training
ability to communicate well with children and adults alike
recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our
schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:
ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in
all of our schools
highly organised and very supportive team
quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a
National College account, where you can access thousands of training courses
online for free
clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our
staff confidential support and guidance whenever they need it
contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme
the school and Nursery are warmly welcomed. If you would like to arrange this,
please call the school office on 01225 768641.
Castle Mead School is
part of The Mead Trust, which is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire:
The Mead School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River Mead School in
Melksham. We are proud that each of our three schools are graded as Good
by Ofsted. The schools are individual learning communities, and their
differences are valued. We strive to develop and protect their character within
a supportive and collaborative environment so that each school, teacher and pupil
can learn from each other.
– 4.15pm Monday to Friday, term time only (plus 5 INSET Days a year and some
additional holiday working to a maximum of 5 days). There is the possibility of
some additional hours should this be desirable.
This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
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