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Childcare Assistant

Estates & Facilities - Business Support (Estates & Facilities)

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £21,284 to £22,908 per annum pro rata
pro rata salary £17,257 to £18,574
Hours per Week:  30
Closing Date:  Friday 29 September 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0161-23-R-R-R-R
Further details:    Job Description    

The University of Sunderland offers life-changing opportunities for 27,500 students across its campuses in Sunderland, London, Hong Kong, and through global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We're proud to be a top 50 UK university (Guardian University Guide 2023), with top-quality facilities, inclusive culture, and our vibrant, ever-changing city.

We are offering a rare, exciting opportunity for a Childcare Assistant to join an established team and childcare service.

About the role

This role will work in partnership with parents and Childcare Officers to provide high-quality childcare and education to children aged from birth. In addition, a key focus of the role will be to support the childcare cook in providing a variety of meals for the children within the nursery.

This is a 30-hour post working 6 hours a day, the working pattern will be somewhere between the hours of 10.30am and 6pm (dependent upon business needs) and the nursery is open all year round other than the Christmas closure period. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

What you can bring 

We are looking for someone who can:

Demonstrate an understanding of child development and the Early year’s foundation stage curriculum.
Understand the role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and SEND.
Convey passion and motivation about working within early years and childcare.

What we can offer you 

The University of Sunderland prides itself on its inclusive and supportive culture. In addition to your salary, we offer a reward package that is generous and balanced and includes a wide range of benefits, including: 

  • Annual leave entitlement (26 annual leave days + 5 closure days over the Christmas break + 8 Bank Holidays) 
  • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • My Lifestyle Benefits Platform – where you can enjoy online discounts at hundreds of retailers every day. 
  • Sign up to schemes that allow you to buy a new car, bike, or technology at a discount.
  • Access Private medical insurance, health cash plans and advice and guidance on financial wellbeing. 
  • An on-site nursery catering for children from birth to school age, which is open throughout the year. 
  • Discounted membership for CitySpace Fitness – the University’s iconic facility for sports and social activity. 
  • Access to our support staff networks, free campus bus travel, events and much more. 
  • The University recently implemented the Family network proposal for additional paid leave for parents of Neonatal/Premature babies.

Equality, diversity & inclusion 

We were named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). 

Our work on equality, diversity, inclusivity, and social responsibility has never been more important. We believe inclusivity is an essential value at the heart of what we do, and we want all our staff to be part of that journey with us. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th September 2023.

For any informal enquiries please e-mail: 

*Please note a CV upload is required for this recruitment process - please detail full work history, any gaps in employment, and all qualifications in this.*

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The University of Sunderland is ranked as a Top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2024. You can find out more about all of our achievements here.

The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from the following groups as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area: Women, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as well as candidates with disabilities, whether hidden or otherwise. In addition, we are ‘happy to talk flexible working’. Please watch our video below to find out more:

An Inclusive Place to Work - University of Sunderland - YouTube

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