Vacancy for Pre-School Key Worker

Pre-School Key Worker

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person who loves working with young children to join our hard working team as a Key Worker.

We provide a fun, caring and safe environment in which children aged 3-5 years can thrive. We were rated Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2013 and in our previous 3 inspections.

Applicants should have a full and relevant Level 3 childcare qualification.

We are looking for someone to start in September.

Hours are as follows:
Wednesday: 8.45am – 2.45pm
Thursday: 8.45 – 1:00pm
Friday: 8.45am – 12.45pm.

Total: 14.25 hours.

If you are interested in applying for the position please send a completed Application Form to by 2nd July 2018.

We are intending to hold interviews on the morning of Thursday 5th July or Friday 6th July. Please let us know if these dates would be difficult for you.

Caversham Heights Pre-School is open to all children, families and adults committed to the welfare of children. The group works in accordance with all relevant legislation. It is our intent to treat all children, families and staff involved with Pre-School, fairly and without prejudice.

Job description

The Key Person will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Early Years Outcomes and the learning and development requirements in Development Matters. They will have knowledge of the safeguarding and welfare requirements.

 They will support the Supervisor in providing a stimulating and varied programme of play and education while ensuring the safety and well being of the children.  In order to achieve this the Key Person will:

Help prepare and fully set out the equipment before the children arrive and tidy it up after the children leave, pack away and clean.

Listen to, encourage, enable, stimulate and ensure the safe keeping of the children, paying attention to health, hygiene and equal opportunities.

Attend staff meetings to plan, prepare, implement and review the curriculum and activities for the group and individual children.

Take part in Special events, outings and visits as required.

Encourage parental involvement.

Attend relevant meetings and courses as directed by the Supervisor/Chair as well as open evenings and the AGM.  (Approved course fees will be met by the Pre-school Funds)

Advise the Supervisor of any matter requiring attention, any concerns about a child and any parents’ concerns; any accidents and any equipment needing repair or replacing.

Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is learnt as part of the job.

Undertake regular observations of children while taking part in activities, and share records/ pass observations on to other Key Staff.

Complete development records and transfer records for the children for whom you are key person and liaising with the child’s parent or carer, and the SENCO raising any SEN concerns and working with the SENCO on SEN records for any of your key person children.

By the completion of induction training have a knowledge and understanding of Caversham Heights Pre-School’s Policies and Procedures, especially those relating to safeguarding and behaviour.

English and Maths at GCSE level C or above.

All staff will undertake Safeguarding Children training which is updated every 3 years.

All key staff will have or undertake, Paediatric First Aid training which is updated every 3 years.


Application Form



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Mark your diaries: Christmas Fayre – 2 Dec 2017!

Christmas Fair Poster 2017

Our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd December, from 11am – 1pm. There will be crafting, stalls, refreshments, kids activities, a raffle and, of course, Santa!

We look forward to welcoming you on the 2nd.

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Harvest Festival 2017

Many thanks to everyone who donated food for the Methodist Church Harvest Festival. We are sure it will be very gratefully received by ReadiFood. The wonderful harvest display the children have made is definitely brightening up the church!

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September 2017 Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for 2.5 year olds to start in Sep 2017. Please find our registration form here or contact Bhamini for further info.

Our session hours are


TUESDAY 0915 – 1415

WEDNESDAY 0915 – 1315

THURSDAY 0915 – 1215

FRIDAY 0915 – 1215

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Snakes in a School!

Three year old Bea and Kaa the Boa Constrictor

Nearly thirty children from Caversham Heights Preschool enjoyed an adventurous morning coming face to face with bearded dragons, corn snakes, box turtles, monitor lizards and boa constrictors.

Kath Yarwood with Bea and Blondie the Bearded Dragon

Preschool Supervisor Kath Yarwood said: “All the children were so excited to meet, stroke and hold the reptiles. It was a fantastic educational experience for them, which I’m sure they’ll remember for a long time.”

Chair of the Preschool Committe Katy Robinson added: “We had a very successful fundraising perion over Christmas which has allowed us to offer some really special activities for the children this term.”

James meets Graham and his monitor lizard

Four-year-old pre-schooler James said: “My favourite was the little snake. I saw him licking with his tongue. The boa snake was very heavy and the lizard was spiky.”

Bea and Blondie

The visit from Berkshire Reptile Encounters was led by keeper Graham Martin who founded the educational business to raise funds for Berkshire Reptile Rescue who have rehabilitated and rehomed hundreds of unwanted reptiles over the past 20 years.


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Jeans for Genes day – Friday 23rd September

Preschool is fundraising for Jeans for Genes on Friday the 23rd September. If your child would like to take part, please send them in in jeans/denim. There will be a collection box for the charity by the register. Suggested donation – one pound.

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