8 April 2024

Are you ready to take the next step in your Early Years career? As Lead Early Years Practitioner, you’ll be at the heart of our mission to inspire and support young learners. This is an exciting opportunity for experienced candidates to lead a team of dedicated practitioners and inspire excellence in early childhood education.

Job Title: Early Years Lead Practitioner

Location: Fairthorne Manor, YMCA, Southampton SO30 2GH

Company Description

At YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor, we believe that everyone should have a fair chance to discover who they are and what they can become. Our approach to early years education is rooted in the belief that every child is unique, and it’s our privilege to support them on their journey of self-discovery and growth, nurturing futures every step of the way.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of dedicated Practitioners, and take charge of planning and implementing a dynamic and engaging curriculum.
  • Promote a nurturing environment whilst engaging with children of all ages and developmental skills, encouraging each child to meet his/her potential by supporting them through learning and play with positive reinforcement and praise.
  • Support children, co-workers and parents alike; deliver stimulating indoor and outdoor activities; complete and record daily observations for children in your care; and plan their next developmental steps in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Comply with policies and procedures outlined by the setting. 
  • Attend training opportunities for personal and professional development as well as the development of the organisation. 
  • Assist in ensuring that the Nursery is a safe environment for children.
  • Embrace the variety of each day, use initiative to keep children engaged and support their emotional needs as they arise. 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Level 3 childcare qualification or higher.
  • A commitment to providing high-quality childcare including physical care and hygienic practice for children aged 4 months – 5 years.
  • Experience in implementing improvements in an early years setting, including demonstrating best practices, coaching staff, setting objectives, and record keeping.
  • Experience and understanding of the developmental needs of children, behaviour management, Statutory Framework and relevant legislation.
  • Good knowledge of health and safety.
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification.
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (Level 3 or above) or willingness to train.


If you’re passionate about early childhood education and want to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you! Join us in nurturing futures and creating a brighter tomorrow for all. Apply now and take the next step in your Early Years career.

Early Years Employee Benefits

Early Years Careers

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Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity that continues to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.

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