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Early Years Educator

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  • To work within and contribute to the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust First Steps Nursery team to create an environment which fosters and nurtures the development of children under the guidance of the Nursery Manager/Deputy Manager and Early Years Educators.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care and development of children who attend First Steps Nursery.
  • To assist in the management and organisation of work as required.
  • Assist on the delivery of high-quality care and education at First Steps to ensure children achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • To form part of the development of staff knowledge and skills in caring for children
  • To contribute to the development of high standards of care and education for children and their families, proving feedback as necessary and taking positive steps toward implementing necessary change.
  • To ensure current practice and care at First Steps Nursery reflects standards as outlined in the Trust’s Safeguarding Policies alongside the Devon Safeguarding Children Board Procedures and to be able to engage with specialist safeguarding services as and when necessary.
  • To give support to all other Childcare Services provision as required.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

As an Early Years Educator, your busy day will include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care and development of the children who attend First Steps Nursery to ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes, in addition to providing feedback to parents / carers and taking positive steps toward implementing necessary change.

The working day is extremely rewarding and involves both child and adult led learning opportunities with the children. Examples of these activities including sharing stories, dressing up, ‘messy play’, games and above all, instilling a sense of fun!

With a National Diploma in Early Years Childcare, you would need to demonstrate good people skills, a knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements and a strong desire to develop professionally.

All current practice and care by the staff at First Steps Nursery reflects standards as outlined in the Trust’s Safeguarding Children Policy, alongside the Devon Safeguarding Children Board procedures, whilst our Early Years Educators will also engage with specialist safeguarding services as and when necessary’.

Working Pattern: 8am - 6pm across 4 days per week (Monday to Friday). Allocated day off each week. 

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Rachel Berriman, Nursery Manager on 01392 405858

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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