If you’re interested in working for us, email us with your CV, telling us what position you are interested in (or whether it’s work experience/work placement you are looking for) and which of our 16 nurseries you would like to apply to. Our nursery job application process couldn’t be easier.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then pass your details over to the relevant Nursery Manager and you should hear from them within a few days.
What happens next?
First of all, once we’ve received your application, we’ll give you a call to find out a little bit more about you and check that the position you’ve applied for is right for you. If so, you’ll then be invited for an interview with our friendly management team. The interview will consist of a competency based interview and a room based observation.
If it’s a childcare apprenticeship you’re interested in, the first step of the nursery job application process will be a telephone assessment carried out by our partners at Hawk Training.
What’s a competency based interview?
Competency based interviews involve questions that are already prepared by the interviewer and are the same for every candidate. Your answers will be scored and this allows us to compare candidates in a fair way.
A competency is a defined behaviour, and at Toad Hall Nursery Group we have a core set of competencies, which determine how we expect our staff to behave. Our competencies come under the headings of:
- Early years and childcare awareness
- Effective communication
- Service to families/family experience
- Professional conduct
- Quality and accountability
You can expect to be asked to give specific examples of things such as:
- Team working
- Customer service
Don’t worry if you haven’t had any work experience – we’d love to hear about your experiences while at school!
During the nursery job application process, you will also be asked some questions about early years specifically, so be prepared to answer things on:
- The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Keeping children safe
- Keeping children clean and healthy
A useful tip when preparing for interviews is to remember STAR. When asked for an example, structure your answer in the following way:
S = situation. Tell us about the situation that led up to the example you will give.
T = task. What was the specific task that you had to do?
A = action. What specific action did you take?
R = result. What was the result? What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
Our nursery job application process couldn’t be easier. To express an interest in working at Toad Hall, please head to our work for us page or email us at email@example.com to get in touch with one of the team.