11 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    23 July 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    9 July 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type

Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

£23,114.00 - £23,893.00 Annually (FTE) Depending on skills and experience

Nursery Teaching Assistant job summary

Hours of work: There are a number of hours available, covering a core day of 8.45am - 4.15pm. Please note that every shift pattern will include at least two evenings until 5.30pm. Three, four and five days a week will be considered. 39 weeks a year (term-time plus 5 INSET Days).

A bit about us:

The Mead Primary School is a proud member of EQUA Mead Learning Trust. Our family of like-minded schools collaborate to provide mutual support, share best practice and learn from each other, whilst retaining and developing each school’s distinctive character. We believe all children and young people have the right to a great education and we seek to improve the life chances of all those we serve; it is our mission to give Every Child, Every Chance of success.

Across our Trust, we want our children and young people to be inspired by their learning, and to instil in them a motivation and aspiration to succeed in all they do. Our schools are highly inclusive and we are proud to have high expectations of our children and young people, encouraging and preparing them to do their very best in their learning both within the curriculum and beyond.

High quality teaching is a priority, coupled with strong nurturing support, where adults genuinely care about the wellbeing of the children and young people in their care. It’s our aim to meet the needs of each child individually and we provide the resources and staff to achieve this. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a wonderfully creative learning environment to fascinate every child.  Aspirations for excellence underpin all that we do; our schools are highly inclusive and we are proud to have high expectations of our children and young people.

Children and young people in our schools are happy and safe, motivated to reach their full potential and equipped to become resilient, independent learners. They are prepared to live responsibly and peacefully in the spirit of understanding, and opportunities to develop their creativity, confidence and communication skills are woven into all aspects of school life.

Inclusion is the beating heart of our organisation, and we cherish it in our staff just like we do in our children. We are committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of our communities and welcome applications from anyone with the skills and experience to do the role they are applying to, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic. We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance when they need it most
  • A clear, comprehensive induction process
  • Generous employer contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme

All about the role:

We have vacancies at The Mead Primary School in Trowbridge for Nursery Teaching Assistants. The successful candidates will join a friendly team whose vision for children’s individual needs is at the heart of school life – every child matters. The Nursery cares for 3-4 year olds, and accepts Universal and Extended funding. The school provides breakfast and after school clubs for all children, including those in the Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our Nursery practitioners are highly professional, experienced, and committed. The successful candidates will become key members of this close-knit team and contribute to the life of the whole school. The role will involve:

  • Working with groups of individuals within all curricular areas under the direction of the Nursery Lead, to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
  • Assisting with learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and encouragement
  • Providing opportunities for children to work towards the Learning Outcomes
  • Preparing activities, ensuring that appropriate materials/equipment are available, and assisting in clearing away afterwards
  • Supporting the preparation and adaptation of teaching aids, games, and worksheets as directed
  • Meeting children’s pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care
  • Taking responsibility for the welfare and hygiene of children, including changing and cleaning

You might have a qualification in childcare or Teaching and Learning, or worked as a childminder, or be looking for a complete career change. Our staff come from a wide 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:

  • Experienced in working with children of the relevant age range
  • Able to support all children with their learning and development
  • Happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative

You will need to have the following skills to be really effective in this role:

  • Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (essential)
  • Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (desirable)
  • Trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training
  • The ability to communicate well with children and adults alike

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. We will only submit a DBS application to the relevant disclosure service when a position is accepted.

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. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all interviews, regardless of role, will include questions about approaches to safeguarding. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our website and follows all guidance in the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

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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About The Mead Community Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
519 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

The Mead is a happy, vibrant place where children are enabled to dream, strive, achieve and celebrate. It is situated across two sites on the outskirts of Trowbridge; a larger site with 14 classes and a Nursery in Hilperton, and a smaller setting with four classes (including a pre-school provision) in Wingfield village. There are extensive grounds on both sites, which include wildlife areas, trim (agility) trail, pond, fruit and vegetable gardens. These are used extensively to enhance approaches to teaching and learning.​

The friendly, energetic and professional staff work together to establish a happy, popular school community. They take pride in offering a rich and vibrant curriculum with specialist teachers in music and PE, as well as early language learning for all years. ​

The career progression for staff is well-recognised, supporting initial teacher training through to roles at a leadership level.

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