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Ashbourne Day Nurseries at Upton are looking for a SEN Support Assistant to join their growing team.

Hours: A minimum of 15 hours per week. Term time only

Start date: ASAP

Purpose of the job:

As a SEN Support Assistant you will support SEN children and work as part of the nursery team to provide a fun and stimulating environment for children from 3 months to fives years. To inspire young children to be who they want to be, whether it’s a Scientist today or a Pirate tomorrow! To tell and invent exciting stories and songs, to guide them in learning through play and create a unique day, every day!

Main duties:

  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for guidance
  • To work in line with the nursery’s SEN policy.
  • Supporting and working closely with children with special educational needs.
  • Supporting provision for children with SEN.
  • Working with the setting SENCO to ensure that records of all children with SEN are up to date
  • To help set up for the day in line with the room planning and help tidy away at the end of the session.
  • To ensure each child’s needs are recognised and met.
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members.
  • To advise the manager of any concerns e.g. health and well-being of children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  • To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences.
  • To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures.
  • To actively participate in team meetings, supervision meetings and appraisal meetings.
  • To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is acquired as part of the job.
  • To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures.

Person Specification

  • Willingness to learn and undertake further training.
  • Level 3 childcare qualification or equivalent
  • Experience working with SEN children.
  • Previous experience of working in similar environment with 0-5s.
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and child protection procedures.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A commitment to continuously promoting a culture of safeguarding.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities.
  • A commitment to working effectively with young children and families.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Paid overtime.
  • Excellent career progression opportunities with a growing group.
  • Free uniform.
  • Free DBS check.
  • Childcare discount.
  • In-house training department.
  • Management training opportunities.
  • Staff social events.
  • Annual employee awards.
  • Long service recognition.
  • Pension scheme.

Find out more about our Upton Meadows nursery here. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the Nursery policies and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation. All applicants invited to interview will be required to provide evidence of their right to work in the UK and complete a suitability declaration. Successful applicants will also be required to have an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and where appropriate provide a certificate of good conduct before starting work with Ashbourne.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please apply by sending us your CV.

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