Nursery Nurse

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

The closing date is 04 July 2022

Job summary

Come and work in our friendly NHS nursery

Working in a great team of staff,many of whom have been with the nursery since it opened.

Our three nurseries remained open during all lockdowns for the children of keyworker children offering a vital service.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, approachable and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm. With a passion for childcare you will bring your experience and ideas to our friendly and welcoming team.

Our Nurseries

The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) Nurseries began operating over 25 years ago and are located in Maidenhead, Slough and Reading. The nurseries offer full day care for 51 weeks per year, from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. The buildings are single storey purpose built environments that offer care and education for children up until the age of 5.

Being owned by the NHS, the BHFT nurseries come highly recommended by families and the standard of care demonstrated for all children links to the expectations that the NHS portray worldwide.

The BHFT nurseries employ a high calibre of staff, ranging from Nursery Trainees to Degree Level practitioners. In general, the nurseries have a low staff turnover and the retention of highly skilled and motivated staff is paramount.

Staff are expected to maintain the standards of care and learning opportunities for the children in a safe and stimulation environment, supporting the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Main duties of the job

  • Encouraging all areas of the children's development within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with the appropriate activities, play opportunities and actions through imaginative play and innovative programming.
  • Compiling and maintaining development records on children and report to the Team Leader at agreed intervals. Ensure that all records are accurate, signed and dated
  • Providing a stimulating, friendly and caring environment at all times. Promote the nursery to current and potential parents.
  • Completing, after consultation with the team, monthly and weekly plans and displays.
  • Demonstrating good practice with regards to special needs and inclusion, working with the nursery and area SENCO as appropriate.
  • Developing good relationships with parents and encourage parental interest and participation in the life of the nursery.
  • Being a key carer carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families.
  • Working with Early Years and other professional teams to continuously improve the quality of childcare and education and to learn about current developments in childcare practice and policy.

The "must haves" to be considered:

o Level 3 qualified essentialo Paediatric first aid and food hygiene desirableo Previous relevant work in childcareo An understanding of the EYFSo Knowledge of inclusive practiceo A knowledge of safeguarding children and child protection

About us

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

o Salary ranging from £21,396 - £22,866 per annum (incl of HCAS)o Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balanceo Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service.o Excellent learning and development opportunitieso Salary sacrifice scheme for a new caro Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staffo Advanced IT enablement and supporto Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • NVQ 3 in childcare or equivalent qualification in line with those listed on the 'qualification finder' section of
  • An understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Continuous Professional Development


  • As stated in the EYFS, a good standard of written and spoken English. Also able to read and understand English such as to follow instructions or interpret a policy
  • A knowledge of safeguarding children and child protection and appropriate protocol


  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate

Previous Experience


  • Experience of any work which demonstrates the skills required for the post
  • Experience of team work
  • Previous relevant work in childcare

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Good communication skills
  • An understanding of the role of the Key Person
  • Knowledge of inclusive practice

Additional Requirements


  • Flexible approach to hours which includes a willingness to attend meetings, training and nursery events as appropriate

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Nursery Jack In The Box

Upton Hospital, 34 Albert St, Slough SL1 2BJ



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Richard Wheeldon


Date posted

16 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 3


£21,396 to £22,866 a year per annum (incl of HCAS)



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Nursery Jack In The Box

Upton Hospital, 34 Albert St, Slough SL1 2BJ



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Saturday: 9am to 3pm

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