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Nursery assistant

Job Reference: 188-OTH1067

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Nursery Assistant
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£17,652 - £19,020 pa

We’re looking for people with previous early years’ care experience to join our friendly, close-knit team providing superb standards of childcare in our Taplins nurseries. If you have experience of working with 3 month – 5 year old children in a paid or voluntary position in a formal childcare setting, such as a nursery, we’d love to hear from you.


To be successful in this post, you’ll need to demonstrate experience in a formal childcare setting. This means that experience of childcare is in an informal setting, such as babysitting, will not meet our requirements.




Do you love nothing more than seeing a child progress, knowing that you’ve played a key part in their development? Are you hardworking, friendly and dependable – and looking for your next challenge? Then this may be the role for you!


Our nursery staff care for children aged 3 months to 5 years, planning and carrying out activities in line with the Early Years’ curriculum. They are also responsible for evaluating the activities, and for maintaining online learning journals via Tapestry.




In addition to demonstrable experience in childcare gained in a formal setting such as a nursery, which is essential to the post, you’ll need to have a great sense of fun, be confident and adaptable, and have a passion for working in an Early Years setting.


You also need to be great at liaising with parents/carers and we’re particularly looking for proactive people with brilliant ideas to help us continuously improve our services. All candidates need to be over the age of 17 years and DBS (formerly CRB) and OFSTED checks will be required.




All our nursery staff need to have an understanding of the early years foundation stage and safeguarding. We also ask that all our nursery staff have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above (or a willingness to study towards it with our support).




We have full time and part time opportunities at both our hospital sites (Western Community Hospital/ Southampton General Hospital).Our working hours are between 7am and 6.30pm, so you need to be flexible to work shift patterns within these hours


Taplins nurseries are owned and managed by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and all employees receive standard NHS terms and conditions including:


    • Competitive salary and benefits


    • 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 33 days with long service


    • Full sick pay (for a limited period and increasing with service)


    • Access to the UHS Benefits platform for discounted products and services


    • Salary sacrifice for full childcare costs at either Taplins nursery (saving approx. 25%)


    • Access to further training and development


UHS as a trust has been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, and is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.




If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you’d like to arrange an informal chat. If you’re ready to apply, please click the link below to complete an application.


The closing date for applications is the 27 May

For further details / informal visits contact:

Anna Rixon


Senior Nursery Manager


023 80540653

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.


Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.


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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.

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