Early Years Practitioner


Working with children of varying needs in the Reception and Nursery classes

Swalwell Primary School

Swalwell, NE163HZ


Per Week

37.00 Hours

Per Week

Role and Responsibilities

Additional responsibility:

• Support children and staff during breakfast club on a rota basis.

• Support children and staff in after school clubs if required.

• Supervise children with ASD during lunchtimes.

• To participate in specific ASD training.

The key roles of this post will generally include:

1. Providing support for pupils by

1. Attending to personal needs and implementing related personal programmes, including social,

health, physical, hygiene and welfare matters

2. Supervising and supporting pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning

3. Establishing good relationships, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs

4. Promoting the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils

5. Encouraging interaction with others and engaging pupils in activities led by the teacher

6. Encouraging pupils to act independently as appropriate

7. Supervising and providing support for pupils with special needs

8. Assisting with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and

Personal Care programmes

9. Supporting and monitoring the challenging and demanding expectations set by the teacher and

promote self-esteem and independence

10. Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher

11. Support pupils with hygiene needs and personal care.

2. Providing support for the teacher by

12.Preparing the classroom as directed for lessons, clearing afterwards and assisting with

the display of pupils work

13. Being aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and reporting to the teacher as agreed

14. Undertaking pupil record keeping as requested, eg filing of records and pupil profiles

15. Supporting the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate

16. Gathering/reporting information from/to parents/carers as directed

17. Providing clerical/admin. support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc.

Level 2 to include:

18. Promoting good pupil behaviour, in line with school policy, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour

19. Maintaining constructive relationships with parents/carers

20. Administering routine tests and invigilating exams and undertaking routine marking of pupils’ work, referring any difficulties to the class teacher

21. Using strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupils to achieve learning goals

22. Contributing to the planning of learning activities

23. Monitoring pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record/report achievement/progress as directed

3. Providing support for the curriculum by

24. Supporting pupils to understand instructions

25. Supporting pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, early years, as directed by the teacher

26. Supporting pupils in using basic ICT as directed

27. Preparing and maintaining equipment/resources as directed by the teacher, assisting pupils in their use

28. Carrying out annual stocktaking as directed

Level 2 to include:

29. Undertaking structured and agreed learning/activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses

30. Undertaking programmes linked to local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, early years recording achievement and progress and feeding back to the teacher

4. Providing support for the school by

31. Be committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children and young people.

32. Being aware of and complying with school policies/procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, behaviour, anti-bullying, anti-racism, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

33. Being aware of and supporting difference, ensuring all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

34. Contributing to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school

35. Appreciating and supporting the role of other professionals

36. Attending relevant meetings as required

37. Participating in training and other learning activities and performance development as required

38. Assisting with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes

39. Accompanying teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required

40. Such other responsibilities allocated which are appropriate to the grade of the post

Level 2 to include:

41. To take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher

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Required Skills

Knowledge of:

• Basic ICT – computer, video, photocopier

Experience or working towards:

• Working with or caring for children of relevant age

Knowledge of or working towards:

• Basic understanding of child development and learning

• General understanding of national/foundation stage curriculum and other basic learning programmes / strategies

To be able to work with children in an education setting.

To be part of a team.

To take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher

Establishing good relationships, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs

Required Qualifications

Grade 4-9 in English, maths and ICT or equivelant


  • Level 2 Early years practitioner
  • Maths & English level 2 if not already achieved.
  • Appts with apprentice, employer & provider, observations of workplace as well as gathering evidence.
  • Undertake self-assessment in last month of apprenticeship. The self-assessment must be submitted to the end point assessor as a source of evidence to prepare for End Point Assessment which will include a showcase portfolio; a project, employer reference & interview about the portfolio and project.


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