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Early Years Educator

Institute of Education

Location:  Nursery and Forest School, Stoke Campus
Salary:   £18,529 to £20,600 Per Annum
Release Date:  Wednesday 15 June 2022
Closing Date:   Sunday 17 July 2022
Reference:  IOE22-11-R

Would you like to work in a brand- new state-of-art purpose-built Nursery? 

Staffordshire University is opening a £4.4m Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School in early 2022. 

The nursery is located on our Leek Road Campus and is set adjacent to woodlands, yet very close to the city centre, with excellent local public transport links and employee on-site parking.

The new facilities will be a sustainable place of early years learning with connections to the immediate landscape and nature reserve. Through the forest school provision, children will get the opportunity to experience endless outdoor learning opportunities such as identifying nature, play-based learning, den building and forest art. Learn more about Staffordshire University Woodlands Nursery and Forest School 

About the role

Early Years Educator 

Apply online by enclosing your CV.

In 2022, we are welcoming a brand-new Nursery and Forest School in the heart of our Stoke-on-Trent campus on Leek Road. Our Nursery and Forest School brings the forest setting to our city campus and is not only connected with its landscaped and idyllic surroundings, but also provides inspirational and flexible learning spaces that offer developing children digital experiences too.

Sustainability, digital technology, and nature are at the forefront of the new build, which aims to further the University’s commitment to creating a family-friendly campus. Featuring four inspirational learning spaces with areas for food preparation and wet play as well as flexible floor space, the new build also has additional capacity for a 24-place classroom and observational suite with leading digital technology.

The new nursery provision will also incorporate a forest school facility to further develop links with local schools and provide community participation opportunities. Aimed at children between the ages of three and seven years, the forest school will enable children to experience outdoor learning opportunities such as identifying nature, play-based learning, den building and forest art.

We have an exciting opportunity at Staffordshire University Nursery and we are looking for a highly motivated colleague in Early Years. The successful candidate will possess the drive to continue with professional training and development. You will have a flexible approach, a positive attitude and the ability to build positive constructive working relationships with children, colleagues, parents, students and other professionals as appropriate.

You will be passionate about caring and educating children and babies, focused on service delivery with the drive and enthusiasm to further develop standards of care and education. You must be hardworking and display a motivation to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of the early years foundation stage (EYFS). You will act as a key person to a key group of children supported by a co-key person and colleagues you will have special responsibility for ensuring their individual needs are met.

You will have skills in observing children’s learning and progress, undertaking and maintaining records of formative and summative assessment of children’s care, learning and development, tracking children’s progress, identifying next steps and teaching strategies to shape future learning opportunities.

In return for your dedication, we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • 29 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

We reserve the right to close any vacancies when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. All applicants are advised to complete and submit your applications as soon as possible. 

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.


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