About the role: The Hundred of Hoo Nursery has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable SENCO to join our full time Day Nursery. We are incredibly proud of our achievements and the environment we offer the children in our care, and our successful candidate will be joining a highly experienced, friendly and encouraging team who will welcome you with open arms!
Our successful candidate will have previous experience of supporting children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) or disabilities and promoting the equality of opportunity for children in your care. The responsibility of the role of SENCO within The Hundred of Hoo Nursery involves the day-to-day operation of the settings SEN policy and also supporting individual practitioners in implementing the approach for individual children. Our successful candidate will work closely with the Nursery Manager and will regularly review the policy and agree how it will be implemented.
We're a nursery like no other and here are just some of the benefits you will receive when working for us;
- A highly skilled nursery management team who have been with the nursery for over 20 years, utilising their experience in the best way possible
- We have fantastic facilities, particularly our outdoor spaces which our children thoroughly enjoy making use of
- Very strong relationships with both the primary and secondary school sites, allowing us to use their facilities and also offer interaction with older students
- A large pupil intake highlighting our popularity in the local area
- Opportunities to progress and gain additional qualifications
- Fantastic support and excellent relationships with the parents of our pupils
This is a permanent opportunity, 30 hours per week and offers an annual salary of £14,895 (£9.93 per hour) plus £1000 additional SENCO rate.
Candidates must hold a full and relevant Level 3 qualification in order to comply with staff:child EYFS ratios. You can check your qualification(s) by visiting the .gov website. Shortlisted candidates will be required to bring evidence of their qualification(s) to their interview.
Working with our nursery: At the Hundred of Hoo Nursery we aim to provide a safe and friendly play space where highly qualified practitioners organise our enabling environment to allow children high quality play.
We recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents, our highly effective use of Tapestry for our observation, planning and assessment cycle ensures that parents are engaged with their child’s day immediately and that they have the opportunity to share with us any learning opportunities that happens at home.
Our well-established key person system means that our practitioners are skilled and sensitive in helping children form secure emotional attachments. From these secure bases’ children are encouraged to develop their independence to explore the environment and gain increased confidence in their own abilities.
OFSTED July 2019 – ‘Staff are inspirational role models. Children are extremely polite and their behaviour is impeccable’
We use our amazing outdoor spaces to facilitate a feeling of awe, wonder and fun for our children. We recognise that children embrace the freedom and space that the outdoors gives them in a different way to indoors. Being outside gives us the opportunity to shout, jump, run around, hop and skip and a sensory experience not found inside.
Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.
Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.
Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.
Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.