Current  Vacancies at our Nursery

The Wishing Tree Nursery is a private setting registered to care for 86 children aged from 3 months to 5 years. We are located in a 1920's detached family house which has nine playrooms over three floors, a kitchen, staff room, soft play room, conservatory, office, laundry room and milk kitchen. We are also very proud of our extensive garden which covers over 5000 square feet and has been highly acclaimed for its wide variety of resources and imaginative layout.

We strongly believe that continuity of staff is vital for quality and successful childcare, which in turn enhances our reputation. We have staff members who have worked with us for almost as long as the nursery has been open since 2004 and we believe this is due to the environment we have created.

Our staff members are encouraged and supported in developing their careers as far as they wish to take them and the open environment we have created in our setting supports staff in balancing their work and home lives. In the same way that we are looking for great staff to join our team, candidates who apply for positions at our nursery are also looking for a setting where they can develop their careers. We can promise that successful candidates will find we are very supportive of our staff and encourage reflective practice and self improvement Below are listed the vacancies we have at the moment.


Applying for a Position at our Nursery

If you're thinking of applying for a position here at the nursery, please consider the following hints and tips which might help your application:

Think carefully about what you want from a position here, full-time, part time, school-time

Do you have an up to date CV which you can either email or post to us?

If you're not qualified, and we have a trainee position, you'll be required to take a level 3 Early Years Educator, which is an 18 month commitment. Between the bursary and nursery contributions, you should find that you will be paying a minimal amount towards the diploma.

If you're applying from another nursery, we'll need to take up specific references about your childcare role there. We'll also need to perform pre-employment checks such as a DBS, identity check, personal references, qualification check and visa checks as appropriate.

Interviews are very relaxed and designed to put you at your ease. Naturally we will need to understand the level of your skills and expertise in childcare. If the interview is successful, we will ask you to spend some time with us in a trial day or even week. This is paid for by the nursery even if you are not successful. Over the years we have developed an understanding of what candidates need to show of their best. Good Luck! You can download an applications form here


Nursery Practitioner – Level 2 or 3 Qualified

From £19,240 to £23,452 per annum 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year when the nursery is closed)

An opportunity has arisen and we are looking for a qualified Nursery Practitioner to join our team. Applicants must be childcare qualified to minimum Level 3; must demonstrate a clear and comprehensive understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in particular planning, observations and writing reports; have experience of being a key person; have experience and demonstrate the ability to create a close rapport with parents and carers for the benefit of the children in our care;  have organisation skills; a good understanding and familiarity with technology - such as iPads and Windows based computers; an understanding of how teamwork is essential for the success of your role; the ability to meet the physical demands of working with very small children and a willingness to self-improve and develop practice of which we can all be proud.

The role is to ensure the safety and welfare of the children in your care; to support children to achieve the best outcomes; to be a knowledgeable and empathetic ‘key person’; to contribute to the Ofsted self-evaluation programme and to adhere to the core nursery values of hard work, honesty, reliability, accountability and reflective practice which are all underpinned by our nursery policies and procedures. Benefits include a competitive salary; 28 days annual leave per year rising to 33 days; sick pay scheme; the support of a highly qualified and well respected Senior Management Team; plenty of opportunities to further your career; staff parties, barbecues, outings; pension scheme; performance related bonuses; excellent transport links and parking. To apply, please contact  01273 551515 or by email to

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