How we select our people?


Selection criteria and process

We have a clear and structured hierarchy at Abacus Ark. To determine where each person fits, we base our selection on 3 criteria:

  1. Level of qualification/Education
  2. Experience attained
  3. Competency

The qualifications and experience are assessed during the initial stages of the recruitment process using a combination of your CV and the phone interview. 

Once you have passed the initial stage, we will use a combination of the interview, trial and probation period to assess your competency. For more detail on each of these application stages click this How to Apply? link. 

 

Our hierarchy explained

Nursery Manager - Level 3 or above, with at least 5 years of experience.

Required to oversee the operation of the day nursery to the highest standards, ensuring that the best possible environment and care are provided for young children through alignment and promotion of EYFS.

The Nursery Manager will have overall responsibility for the planning, implementing and monitoring of all the Nursery provision policies and procedures. This will require an informed understanding of statutory requirements and best practice for childcare.

 

Deputy Manager Level 1 & Level 2 - EYT or QTS, with at least 3 years of experience or Level 3 or above, with at least 4 years of experience. 

Deputy Manager Level 2 is ultimately responsible for developing and implementing the Abacus Ark curriculum. This includes supporting all Key Teachers in planning and delivering imaginative and motivating lesson plans which align to the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS).

Deputy Manager Level 1 is ultimately responsible for the safeguarding and wellbeing of all children within the setting. This includes overseeing all risk assessments and supporting Key Teachers in mitigating identified risks. 

Deputy Managers will also be responsible for supporting the day to day management of the Nursery Setting, with particular attention to security and administrative tasks delegated by the Nursery Manager, acting as manager when the Nursery Manager is unable to do so.

 

Senior Key Teacher - Level 3 or above, with at least 3 years of experience.

As with Key Teachers, Senior Key Teachers are responsible for developing and implementing work schemes and lesson plans in line with the requirements of the early years’ foundation stage (EYFS). This involves motivating children to learn and imaginatively using resources in order to facilitate learning.

In addition to Key Teacher responsibilities, Senior Key Teachers also have a specialist responsibility where you will work closely with the management team to ensure all standards within that area are met.

 

Key Teacher - Level 3 or above, with at least 2 years of experience.

Key Teachers are responsible for a group of children within a specific age group. This involves developing and implementing work schemes and lesson plans in line with the requirements of the early years’ foundation stage (EYFS).

Key Teachers are required to own the relationship with the parents of their group, providing insight and updates on the progress of the children within their group. 

 

Assistant key teacher - Level 2 or above, no experience required. 

Assistant Key Teachers are teamed with a Key Teacher in order to provide support in safeguarding children within their key group and delivering the Abacus Ark curriculum.

 

Apprentice - you must eligible for a UK apprenticeship program. To find out more about apprenticeship programs follow this link Become an apprentice

Your competency


Once you have passed the initial stage, we will use a combination of the interview, trial and probation period to assess your competency.

 

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