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Casual Creche Worker OCC6918

Salary: £9.16 per hour, plus holiday pay 

Work Location: Either Bicester, Banbury or Witney

Hours per week: Various 

Contract type: Casual 

Closing date: Sunday 20th January 2019

Interview date: To be confirmed

We are looking for casual bank staff who are qualified experienced early years practitioners to deliver crèches at the Children and Family Centres in Banbury, Bicester and Witney. There are two posts available at each location.

Working under the supervision of our Level 3 Crèche Co-ordinator, you will have a good knowledge of child development, be able to carry out observations and plan suitable activities for children from birth to 8 years old in line with the EYFS as a key person and work in partnership with families and other professionals as part of a care plan.

You may be required to work flexibly and to undertake some work outside of normal working hours. You should have the ability to travel to and access a variety of premises, and safely transport children and families to venues across the county.


Main Purpose(s) of the job:


To meet the FSS aim: To support the FSS with Early Years provision to allow FSS to meet its aims.

  • To provide timely support and interventions to vulnerable families to address safeguarding concerns and reduce risks to children and young people
  • To provide case work to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service, these will include children and young people whose needs approach but do not reach the thresholds for statutory intervention (as defined by the matrix of needs), and those who require a statutory response through CIN, CP or LAC
  • To offer a range of group programmes to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service
  • To deliver and co-ordinate services within the designated Children and Family Centres
  • To provide both casework and group programmes through outreach to venues other than the Children and Family Centres
  • Provide services in-line with the expectations of the Thriving Families programme


Job Purpose:

  • To provide a quality crèche provision in a variety of environments across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse
  • To support children in the early years in their play, learning and development
  • To help parents/carers to understand their children’s play and learning to empower them as their children’s first educator
  • To provide support to Children and Family Centres in their provision of services to the community


Main Duties:

  • To ensure the physical and emotional needs of each child are met
  • To ensure high standards of health and safety, assessing safety of environments and suitability of equipment/toys/activities etc is maintained
  • To support setting up rooms for the session and tidy up at the end of the session, ensuring that all toys and equipment are clean and safe at all times
  • To have an input into planning activities and evaluation of crèches provision
  • To take on a Key Person role to build good relationships with individual children and their family ensuring each child’s/family’s needs are recognised and meet individual care plans
  • To support parents/carers to understand their children’s learning and empower them as first educators
  • To keep up to date with current legislation
  • To understand and work to the setting’s policies and procedures e.g. child protection, health and safety, confidentiality
  • To work as a team member and attend meetings
  • To promote equality of opportunity and inclusive practice
  • To have a personal commitment to personal and professional development e.g. supervision, training
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by your line manager which may include supporting Play and Learn


Essential Criteria:

Education, Training and Work Qualifications

  • Recognised Level 2 qualification relevant to early years e.g., NVQ 2 in early years care and education
  • Literacy & numeracy at grade C
  • ICT skills



  • Early Years Foundation Stage & Development Matters
  • Safeguarding Standards & Practice



  • Direct experience of children aged 0 to 8 years
  • Recognising and responding to individual children’s needs, routines and interests
  • Supporting and extending children’s holistic development through a stimulating and challenging environment both inside and out
  • Forming appropriate relationships with children and their parents/carers
  • Observing and planning for individual children’s development and learning


Job Related Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with adults and children
  • Ability to set boundaries for children and manage their behaviour appropriately and sensitively
  • Ability to assess risks and concerns and escalate appropriately


Equal Opportunities

  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles of Equal Opportunities for all in employment and the delivery of services


Other Requirements

  • Ability to travel throughout the county and beyond as necessary


Desirable Criteria

Education, Training and Work Qualifications

  • Paediatric First Aid certificate
  • Food Hygiene certificate
  • Generalist Safeguarding



  • Involvement in learning
  • UN Convention Rights of the Child
  • Understanding of the impact of social disadvantage on children’s wellbeing, learning and development



  • Working within a team
  • Working with home carers/parents
  • Working with other professionals
  • Observing and planning for individual children’s development and learning


Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note, references will be sought prior to interview.

Please contact Sarah White on 01865 328740 or more information about this post.


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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