Child Care

Pre-School Assistant

  • £8.25
  • Hop, Skip and Jump
  • 20-24 hours per week


Hop, Skip and Jump Preschool was started in 1992 by Lizzie Wallace, a fully qualified Nursery Nurse whose passion was to provide a safe place where children could develop, learn and have fun. That first pre-school began in a house in South Croydon with just two children. By January 1994 the fledgling pre-school had moved into it's first premises at East Croydon United Reform Church and still has a pre-school there today.


Hop, Skip and Jump now has three pre-schools in the Croydon borough with the capacity to service around 90 families when full. 


The Pre-School Assistant/Key-person will be a member of a team working with young children in such a way as to promote their health and proper development in all areas. This will ensure that the needs of each child are recognised within the pre-school and planned for in the curriculum. A pre-school assistant/key-person has special responsibility for a group of 6 or 7 children. Parents and children know the name of their key-person from the beginning of their involvement with the pre-school.


Main Duties/responsibilities:

  • The pre-school assistant is directly responsible to the pre-school manager/ deputy and to the head of pre-schools.
  •  The pre-school assistant is responsible for inputting in the weekly planning which will require staying after hours once a week (unpaid), and for those tasks aloted on the weekly sheet, keeping up to date records on the children allocated to them, up dating the parents on their children’s progress and for any other work set by the pre-school manager.
  • The pre-school assistant is responsible for keeping the cupboards clean and tidy – this may involve coming in once during the holidays with the rest of the team
  • The pre-school assistant is responsible for continuing professional development i.e attending any training in house as well as outside courses to update their knowledge.
  • To work with the pre-school team to ensure that a stimulating environment is offered to the children in the pre-school.
  • To ensure the safety of the children in his/her care, both indoors and out. To be aware of, and take responsibility for all aspects of health and safety and security in relation to the children.
  • To produce a well thought out and stimulating weekly plan when it is your turn in line with the EYFS and providing next steps for the children in your care.
  • To help with all duties during the pre-school time.
  • To have a key group of children with responsibility of observing on a weekly basis and keeping their record folder up to date.
  • To work in partnership with all parents/carers to encourage open communication and involvement within the setting.
  • To carry out initial profiles on new children when allocated.
  • To attend regular training and put this training into practice in day to day pre-school life.
  • To be a good role model.
  • To assist the children when settling into pre-school.
  • To provide for the emotional needs of the child, eg. To comfort and reassure the child at any time of distress.
  • To work flexibly as part fo the larger preschool team, assisting and supporting colleagues wherever required in order to ensure the smooth running of the preschool.
  • To be aware of the profile of the company and uphold its standards at all times.
  • To attend out of working hours activities, to include training, staff meetings, parents lunches and special events.
  • To abide by all the company’s policies at all times.
  • To respect and value all colleagues, children and families, encouraging a positive and diverse working environment.
  • To carry out any other duties as requested by the pre-school manager that are appropriate to the job.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Knowledge of children’s developmental stages
  • Age appropriate activities, knowledge of current legislation and guidance – EYFS
  • Safeguarding Policies and procedures
  • Enthusiastic and friendly
  • Commitment to equality
  • Honest, trustworthy and    reliable
  • Flexible approach
  • Confident in knowledge and abilities
  • Can show initiative
  • NNEB/BTEC/DCE/EYE/NVQ Level 3  in children’s care learning and development
  • High degree of integrity when dealing with children
  • Able to plan and provide age appropriate activities
  • Able to assess and record children’s development
  • Good verbal communicator
  • Good written English
  • Participates well in team environment
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Excellent customer service


Holiday leave

Number of hours worked per week x number of weeks open per year x 12.1% x hourly rate. This is paid and allowed during the half terms and Easter holidays.

If you wish to take holiday during term time then you need to get permission from your supervisor and get someone of suitable equal qualification to cover you, this will be unpaid.


Sick Pay

10 days or 3 separate occasions – see sick policy. (this begins from after the first term’s probation period, and from when the full time contract is issued.)



Training is available to everyone and is a condition of the job. If you are offered the job you will be on probation for 6 months, at the end of which you will be given a review and then offered to sign a full contract providing there are no unresolved issues with either party.

You will be requested to complete a health and safety form and have a police check done as a requirement of the job.


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