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Early Years Practitioner - Casual Hours

YMCA Fairthorne Group
4.0 out of 5
YMCA Nursery Whale Island, HMS Excellent, Whale Island
£10.42 an hour - Permanent, Zero hours contract


YMCA Nursery Whale Island, HMS Excellent, Whale Island

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  • Additional leave
  • Childcare
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Flexible schedule

Full job description


If you can:

  • Nurture new-borns, get messy with toddlers and prepare pre-schoolers for the big wide world.
  • Giggle, hop, paint, climb and show off your best dance moves.
  • Inspire, stimulate, educate.
  • Be a bouncing space-bunny one minute, and a cuddle monkey the next.

Then you’re just the right person who will thrive and love working with us!

We will give you:

Salary: £10.42 per hour

Flexible working hours: Zero Hour Contract

  • Refer a friend scheme
  • 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays FTE, accruing an additional day for each year of service up to 30 days
  • Option to purchase additional leave (up to 10 days a year)
  • 50% discount on nursery fees
  • Enhanced Maternity
  • Day camps discounts: 1 week free and 1 week at 50% per child per annum
  • Campsite and activities discounts at YMCA Fairthorne Manor: campsite, river hire, activities, daycamps.
  • 30% discount on food in Cafes: Fairthorne, Eastleigh and Andover.
  • Wellbeing assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Good quality resources and a modern environment
  • A welcoming, caring and supportive culture

Your qualifications and experience:

  • Level 2/3 childcare qualification or relevant experience and willingness to train
  • Experience in providing high-quality childcare for children aged 4 months - 5 years.
  • An understanding of the developmental needs of children
  • Able to connect with children, co-workers and parents alike; provide stimulating indoor and outdoor activities; complete daily observations on the children in your care; and plan their next developmental steps in line with EYFS.
  • Just like us. Passionate about helping children grow to the best of their ability… and having a whale of a time doing so!
  • Basic knowledge of health and safety
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding good practice
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification or willingness to train

About us:

We are looking for an extra special EYP to join our friendly, busy team at our YMCA Nursery on Whale Island, at the top of Portsmouth Harbour. Located in the grounds of HMS Excellent naval base, this unique setting provides a never-ending array of experiences. You can expect to be exploring shoreline nature trails one day; then watching helicopters land the next, and end some weeks listening to the Royal Marines Band, and so much more!

The YMCA are huge advocates of personal and professional development. When you work with us, you also benefit from:

  • Access to 26 online professional development modules.
  • Inspiring opportunities to work in different settings and share practice.

Successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are an equal opportunities charity with commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. A copy of this policy will be made available on request.

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

Job Types: Permanent, Zero hours contract

Salary: £10.42 per hour


  • Additional leave
  • Childcare
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends
  • Overtime

Work Location: In person