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Grove Cottage’s Ofsted-regulated Special Needs Nursery develops the long-term potential of children with a wide range of additional needs, by providing specialist education and social support at a very young age.


  • Early Years level 3 qualification or equivalent essential
  • Knowledge of Early Years services and EYFS is desirable
  • Experience of working with children with learning disabilities is desirable
  • Ensure children’s needs are fully catered for
  • Maintain a safe and welcoming environment for children
  • Set up equipment and tidy away each day, ensure areas are safe, regularly check equipment
  • Prepare snacks
  • Assist with toileting and general wellbeing
  • Keep up to date with policies and ensure policy compliance. Work within Ofsted guidelines
  • Observe, monitor and report on children’s progress within the EYFS framework
  • Undertake ongoing training, as necessary
  • Liaise with schools and other educational settings. Assist with smooth transitions into nursery and to new settings
  • Liaise with parents/ carers on an ongoing basis
  • Participate in meetings with families and external agencies
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Good communication skills
  • Good at juggling tasks
  • Uses initiative to solve problems
  • Team player and self-motivated to work on own as required
  • Focused on getting job done
  • Positive role model, enthusiastic and inspires others, advocate of Grove Cottage
  • Professional appearance and approach to work
  • Demonstrate integrity and confidentiality and show initiative
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in a fast, ever changing, complex environment
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • First aid training is advantageous

Working hours are Monday to Friday 09.00 – 15.00 term time only



Grove Cottage Saturday Clubs are for children with learning disabilities aged 5 years -19 years. They are fun, social clubs for our younger members who take part in a variety of activities inside and outside of Grove Cottage.


To maintain a safe and welcoming environment for children, to lead and ensure effective, professional delivery of Grove Cottage Club activities and to ensure the provision of high-quality respite.

You will be responsible for safeguarding and health and safety of members and staff
and volunteers during clubs; the positive role model for staff, volunteers, and members and manage club staff and volunteers.


To provide professional support for children with special needs ensuring a safe, secure, fun welcoming environment in compliance with Ofsted guidelines.


  • Management and Delivery of club to include:
    • Planning activities to best suit members requirements and to help members to develop socially and emotionally.
    • Plan termly timetables of activities.
    • Implement, manage and maintain up to date Risk assessments.
    • Management of staff including: training, performance reviews, appraisals etc
    • Management of Club volunteers.
    • Responsible for safeguarding of members, staff, and volunteers.
    • Keep up to date with policies and ensure policy compliance. Work withinOfsted guidelines.
    • Professional communication of information to members and families.
    • Maintain up to date records on Office 365
    • Ensure registers are completed accurately to facilitate invoicing and wages.
    • Update Grove Cottage database as necessary.
    • Attend meeting with the Operations Manager as and when necessary.
    • Manage termly expenses budget.
  • Ensure children’s needs are fully catered for including:
    • Plan outings
    • Administer medication and tube feeding as necessary (training will be provided).
    • Prepare snacks.
    • Assist with toileting and general wellbeing.
    • Undertake ongoing training, as necessary.
    • Liaise with external agencies and other educational settings as necessary.
    • Liaise with parents/ carers on an ongoing basis.
    • Set up equipment and tidy away each day. Ensure areas are safe and regularly check equipment.

The above is designed to help you in the understanding of your role and is not
exhaustive nor intended to be a definitive list of your duties, as flexibility in meeting
Grove Cottage’s needs is required by all employees.

Cottage Kids runs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday every month for children aged 5-12 years. Term time only from.  Working hours are 8.30am – 6pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break.

Cottage Chill is for members aged 10 -19 years with more complex needs or require
1-1 specialist support. These sessions are held on the 1st Saturday of each month
working hours are from 9.30am-2.30pm.

The hourly rate is £13.57 plus holiday pay paid monthly directly into a bank account. All offers are subject to an enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory references.


If you are interested in applying for these roles, please send your CV to Esme Willcocks, Senior Administrator by emailing  or by post to

Grove Cottage, 151 London Road Bishop’s Stortford. Herts. CM23 3JX.

Grove Cottage is an equal opportunity employer.

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