Early Years Supervisor, Oxfordshire

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Rye St Antony SchoolOxfordshire

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Start date: 3 September 2019
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: £12.98 per hour
Contract term: Permanent

The Post

We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible Early Years Supervisor with a recognised Level 3 qualification to work within the Early Years team and under the direction of the Head of Nursery.  The Early Years team share responsibility for the Early Years pupils during school term time (7.30 am - 6.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays, usually 35 weeks a year).  

The aims for the Early Years are:

  • to develop in pupils a sense of wonder and a love of learning
  • to provide a stimulating, happy environment in which pupils will thrive
  • to instil in pupils a sense of self-worth, confidence and independence
  • to encourage pupils to co-operate with one another and respect one another
  • to develop in pupils a sense of responsibility towards their environment

Pupils arrive from 7.30 am onwards, Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 going to their classes at 8.30 am.  From 8.45 am until 4.00 pm, the Nursery School pupils have a day of activities separate from the older pupils. From 3.45 pm those pupils in Nursery School remaining for the extended day will be joined by the Key Stage 1 pupils staying for after-school care, the after-school care programme continuing until 6.00 pm.   

The Foundation Stage curriculum is modelled on the QCA Curriculum Guidance with its seven areas of learning.  

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting the Head of Nursery with long-term planning
  • assisting with the planning and implementation of pupils’ daily programmes
  • liaising with the Head of Nursery and Head of Pre-Prep 
  • with the Head of Nursery, planning weekly themes 
  • monitoring and evaluating the curriculum, with particular reference to the criteria of the Oxfordshire Early Years Programme, and being responsible for a group of pupils in relation to the Key Person System
  • assisting with planning and implementing the Early Years before-school and after-school care programme
  • keeping written observations and assessments as needed
  • liaising with colleagues and pupils' parents and their representatives
  • attending staff meetings
  • observing the school’s Health and Safety Policy and the school’s Safeguarding Policy
  • assisting with the writing of reports

The hours of work required are up to 30 hours per week. Early Years Supervisors work shifts of 6 hours between 7.30 am and 6.00 pm. An alternative working pattern across three full days will also be considered. 

Person specification


  • understanding of and support for the Catholic ethos of the School
  • a recognised Level 3 Early Years qualification
  • a highly successful Early Years practitioner
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • diplomatic and patient
  • well organised, efficient and able to manage competing priorities
  • collaborative, reliable and resilient
  • a willingness to contribute to the wider needs of the School community
  • highly effective communication skills, in person and in writing
  • integrity and discretion
  • inspiring confidence in others


  • a willingness to cover holiday clubs (five weeks per year)
  • a practising Catholic

Pay and benefits

The current hourly rate of pay is £12.98.  

Early Years staff are invited to join the School’s Group Personal Pension Scheme.

At specified times, staff may use the school’s Fitness Suite, and during Trinity Term staff may use the swimming pool at the advertised times.  Lunch is provided in the school dining room during term time, and refreshments are provided in the Staff Room at morning break and teatime.  There is car parking on site, and the School is easily accessible by bus.

How to apply

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be addressed to the Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Ryan, and sent by email to the Human Resources Manager, Ms Ellen Phelips (ephelips@ryestantony.co.uk; 01865 229227) or a hard  copy can be posted to her at Rye St Antony, Pullen’s Lane, Oxford OX3 0BY.

For an application form, please contact Ellen Phelips (ephelips@ryestantony.co.uk) or visit the Staff Vacancies page on the school website.  Applications will be accepted only from candidates who have completed the application form in full. 

The closing date for applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday 27 June 2019, and interviews will be held on Tuesday 2 July 2019.


Candidates must be willing to undergo Child Protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and therefore all relevant convictions, cautions and   bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’, must be declared. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and  Barring Service  website.  Candidates must not have been disqualified from working with children, and must not be named on the Children’s Barred list or be subject to any sanctions imposed by a regulatory body.  Details of any convictions, cautions or bind-overs subject to disclosure must be passed to the Headmistress before interview in a sealed envelope marked ‘confidential’.  An overseas criminal record check may also be required.                                   

More about Rye St Antony School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Pullens Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0BY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1865 762 802
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