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Careers

Since opening its doors in 2013, Willows Farm Day Nursery has become one of the most sought after settings in the area. As a purpose built environment, located on an idyllic farm setting, our facilities allow us to do much more than your average Nursery.

Willows Farm Day Nursery is operated jointly with Kids Play Childcare. To view all our current vacancies and apply for jobs please visit click here

Why Work For Us?

    • – Free annual pass into Willows Activity Farm for up to 5 people
    • – A highly competitive salary
    • – 28 days holiday, increasing with service
    • – Free lunch
    • – Free uniform
    • – Family friendly flexible working
    • – Pension scheme
    • – NHS top us scheme
    • – Staff lottery
    • – Private health insurance after the first full year of service
    • – Up to a 50% discount on childcare for parents
    • – Continued professional development and training opportunities
    • – Recommend a friend scheme

    Recruitment Open Day

    We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 11th Dec, from 11am to 2pm. If you are looking for a new role in childcare this is the perfect opportunity to pop along and discuss our roles we available, plus enjoy a mince pie and hot chocolate!

    We are also offering a £1000 joining bonus for any full-time employee that joins by the 31st December (T&C’s apply).

    Current Vacancies

    Open the dropdowns below to see the job opportunities that we have available at Willows Farm Day Nursery & Pre-School

    Recruitment

    Head of Room / Room Leader Preschool

    St Albans - Idyllic farm park based nursery setting

    "We are looking for passionate, inspiring Early Years Professionals who are looking to really make a difference! With a positive, can do attitude, a real team player, and keen to really engage making a difference to our children’s learning and development."

    We are a unique, farm based setting at the award winning Willows Activity Farm. With a focus on nature based play, and outdoor learning. We follow a child led curiosity approach to children's development.

    The benefits:
    Working in this unique environment, the role will be challenging and extremely rewarding! We offer an attractive salary and benefits package including:
    • 50% off childcare (including Holiday Camp)
    • Free annual family pass to Willows Farm (for up to 5 people)
    • Access to 18 training courses including Child Protection and ongoing training and development
    • Free hot lunches every day!!
    • 28 days annual holiday, after 2 years of service these increase by 1 day per year, up to 33 days holiday!
    • Free uniform
    • NEST Pension scheme for all staff
    • Monthly staff lottery and employee of the month
    • Annual awards ceremony

    This really is an exciting and unique opportunity to gain experience across age groups, building your knowledge and confidence in Room Management positions.

    Responsibilities
    • To take full day to day responsibility for the efficient running of the room facility.
    • To help maintain staff records and assist with appraisals and supervisions.
    • To provide an attractive stimulating range of equipment, activities and displays relevant to the age and needs of the children in the setting, which encourage independence, self motivation and eagerness to learn.
    • To establish, in conjunction with the childcare SENCO, individual program for any children with special needs.
    • To treat information of matters relating to the work within the setting as confidential.
    • To ensure any injury or accident or suspicion of non accidental injury are recorded correctly or reported.
    • To ensure a high standard of hygiene in relation to staff, children, equipment and surroundings.
    • To ensure Kids play policies and procedures are followed at all times.
    • To ensure that the Ofsted standards including EYFS is followed at all times.
    • To support the nursery manager in striving to deliver an outstanding setting.
    • Assist in the recruitment process for your allocated age group. Helping students and trainees to settle in and make a contribution to the assessment of the students and trainees performance and to ensure high standards are continually being met.
    • To open and close the nursery alongside deputy and nursery manager
    • Any other duties that maybe required

    What are we looking for?:
    We are looking for a confident current Room Leader. Or maybe you are a Senior Practitioner looking for promotion? You will be motivated to hit the ground running and add value to our fun and hard working team. You will thrive in a busy environment, and always be on hand with new ideas and activities. You will be confident in all areas of the EYFS, and delivering planning, supporting and mentoring other staff and leading the team forward. You will work closely with and assist the Nursery and Deputy Manager and step up when required. You will be qualified in Childcare to a minimum of Level 3, and ideally have experience in a similar role, either as a current Room Leader or with experience of "stepping up" when required.

    Willows Farm Day Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    Please email our Recruitment Officer, Lucy Horwood (lucyhorwood@kidsplaychildcare.co.uk) with your CV to register your interest in this job role.
    Head of Room / Room Leader Toddlers

    St Albans - Idyllic farm park based nursery setting

    "We are looking for passionate, inspiring Early Years Professionals who are looking to really make a difference! With a positive, can do attitude, a real team player, and keen to really engage making a difference to our children’s learning and development."

    We are a unique, farm based setting at the award winning Willows Activity Farm. With a focus on nature based play, and outdoor learning. We follow a child led curiosity approach to children's development.

    The benefits:
    Working in this unique environment, the role will be challenging and extremely rewarding! We offer an attractive salary and benefits package including:
    • 50% off childcare (including Holiday Camp)
    • Free annual family pass to Willows Farm (for up to 5 people)
    • Access to 18 training courses including Child Protection and ongoing training and development
    • Free hot lunches every day!!
    • 28 days annual holiday, after 2 years of service these increase by 1 day per year, up to 33 days holiday!
    • Free uniform
    • NEST Pension scheme for all staff
    • Monthly staff lottery and employee of the month
    • Annual awards ceremony

    This really is an exciting and unique opportunity to gain experience across age groups, building your knowledge and confidence in Room Management positions.

    Responsibilities
    • To take full day to day responsibility for the efficient running of the room facility.
    • To help maintain staff records and assist with appraisals and supervisions.
    • To provide an attractive stimulating range of equipment, activities and displays relevant to the age and needs of the children in the setting, which encourage independence, self motivation and eagerness to learn.
    • To establish, in conjunction with the childcare SENCO, individual program for any children with special needs.
    • To treat information of matters relating to the work within the setting as confidential.
    • To ensure any injury or accident or suspicion of non accidental injury are recorded correctly or reported.
    • To ensure a high standard of hygiene in relation to staff, children, equipment and surroundings.
    • To ensure Kids play policies and procedures are followed at all times.
    • To ensure that the Ofsted standards including EYFS is followed at all times.
    • To support the nursery manager in striving to deliver an outstanding setting.
    • Assist in the recruitment process for your allocated age group. Helping students and trainees to settle in and make a contribution to the assessment of the students and trainees performance and to ensure high standards are continually being met.
    • To open and close the nursery alongside deputy and nursery manager
    • Any other duties that maybe required

    What are we looking for?:
    We are looking for a confident current Room Leader. Or maybe you are a Senior Practitioner looking for promotion? You will be motivated to hit the ground running and add value to our fun and hard working team. You will thrive in a busy environment, and always be on hand with new ideas and activities. You will be confident in all areas of the EYFS, and delivering planning, supporting and mentoring other staff and leading the team forward. You will work closely with and assist the Nursery and Deputy Manager and step up when required. You will be qualified in Childcare to a minimum of Level 3, and ideally have experience in a similar role, either as a current Room Leader or with experience of "stepping up" when required.

    Willows Farm Day Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    Please email our Recruitment Officer, Lucy Horwood (lucyhorwood@kidsplaychildcare.co.uk) with your CV to register your interest in this job role.
    Early Years Practitioner

    "Doing what’s best for children and our staff"
    Willows Farm Day Nursery focus on nature based play, and outdoor learning. We follow a child led curiosity approach to children's development.

    We have new vacancies available for full time, Qualified & Experienced Early Years Practitioners to join our hugely sort after Willows Farm Day Nursery in London Colney, nr St Albans.

    Our ethos is that we want the best for children! Its our privilege to make learning an adventure. Children are experts in their own play. We follow their lead!

    We are looking for passionate, inspiring Early Years Professionals who are looking to really make a difference! With a positive, can do attitude, a real team player, and keen to really engage making a difference to our children’s learning and development.

    This full time, permanent position, will be working 40hrs per week, on various shift patterns between our opening hours of 7:00am-7:00pm. Working in this unique environment, based upon a farm park, the role will be extremely rewarding!

    We offer an attractive salary and benefits package including:
    • 50% off childcare (including Holiday Camp)
    • Free annual family pass to Willows Farm (for up to 5 people)
    • Access to 18 training courses including Child Protection and ongoing training and development
    • Free hot lunches every day
    • 28 days annual holiday, after 2 years of service these increase by 1 day per year, up to 33 days holiday!
    • Free uniform
    • NEST Pension scheme for all staff
    • Monthly staff lottery and employee of the month
    • Annual awards ceremony

    Roles and Responsibilities
    • To support the day to day responsibility for the efficient running of the nursery facility.
    • To ensure that developmental records for your key group are kept up to date.
    • To support your colleagues and work as part of a team in providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment for all children.
    • To assist in the development of an attractive stimulating range of equipment, activities and displays relevant to the age and needs of the children in the nursery, which encourage independence, self-motivation and eagerness to learn.
    • To treat information of matters relating to the work within the nursery as confidential.
    • To ensure the highest standards of safety, hygiene and welfare whilst maintaining adequate supervision of the conduct of the children attending the nursery.
    • To ensure company policies and procedures are followed at all times.
    • To help support the management team to ensure that the Ofsted standards including EYFS is followed at all times.
    • To support the management team in striving to deliver an outstanding setting
    • Any other duties that may be required.

    What we are looking for:
    • A full and relevant Early Years qualification
    • Experience working with children aged 0-5, ideally in a Day Nursery setting
    • A passion for working in Early Years
    • Flexibility and reliability, due to our location a full driving licence and transport is preferred.

    Willows Farm Day Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    Please email our Recruitment Officer, Lucy Horwood (lucyhorwood@kidsplaychildcare.co.uk) with your CV to register your interest in this job role.