Skip to main content

This job has expired

Part Time Pre-School / Nursery Assistant (term time only)

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £23344 per annum + pro rata - equal to £12.10 per hour
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

Job Details

Part Time Pre-School / Nursery Assistant (term time only)

Permanent, Part Time

£23,344 per annum, pro rata - equal to £12.10 per hour

Location: Chelmsford

Please note this role is being offer as a Part Time opportunity, working 13 hours per week, term time only (38 weeks per year), covering the following shifts:

Monday: 9am to 3.30pm

Wednesday: 9am to 3.30pm

To apply you must hold a level 2 or above accredited qualification in Early years childcare and education and have experience of working in an early years setting.

Adult Community Learning (ACL) is ECC's provider of lifelong learning experiences for Essex residents.

ACL offers childcare facilities for parents to help them move nearer to, enter or progress within the workplace or gain skills to enhance life chances. The Nursery/Pre-school is registered with Ofsted and is also open to community children whose parents/carers are not attending ACL.


The Nursery/Pre-school Assistant will be part of a team and will be expected to provide high standards of quality care within the nursery/pre-school with responsibilities encompassing the environment, resources and experiences offered to children and their families.

They must:

Ensure rich and diverse indoor and outdoor play experiences are offered taking regard of the EYFS and the individual needs of children.

  • Be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities.
  • Observe, support and extend children's learning.
  • Maintain accurate and effective children's records.
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members.
  • Ensure that children are kept safe and understand safeguarding, and when necessary follow Child Protection Procedures.
  • Demonstrate good practice with regard to special needs and inclusion.
  • Promote positive attitudes to race, culture, gender, religion and abilities.
  • Undertake a shared responsibility for health, safety and cleanliness throughout the nursery/pre-school.
  • Be responsible for participating in all self-development activities including appraisals and supervision meetings, team meetings etc.

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Level 2 qualification or equivalent by experience in childcare.
  • English and Maths Skills at level 2.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport with both children and adults.
  • The ability to plan and provide activities and play opportunities to develop children's emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities.


  • The ability to work effectively under a variety of circumstances and develop skill within the role.
  • The ability to plan and provide activities and play opportunities to develop children's emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities.
  • First Aid training
  • Level 3 qualification or equivalent by experience in childcare.


Why Essex?

Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary. From the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

Company info
0845 743 0430
County Hall
Market Road
United Kingdom

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert