Early Years Practitioner

Katherines Primary Academy, Harlow

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Job Ref No. ECC2162-125S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Negotiable
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 22/05/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: TBC  

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EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER

Start date: September 2024
Salary: Negotiable
Hours: 35 hours a week term time onlyplus inset days


NET Academies Trust are looking for Nursery Nurse or Early Years Practitioner to join our successful team to work 35 hours a week term time only plus inset days. We are looking for a candidate with previous experience working with children in an EYFS setting. If you are looking to further your career, we would love to hear from you.

Our ideal candidate would be an effective role model that sets high expectations and motivates the pupils to achieve. Applicants must be enthusiastic and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They must have a thorough understanding of the Early Years Framework and are working or have worked in an Early Years Setting previously.


They will be expected to plan and run small group work and therefore must have an excellent understanding of EYFS outcomes. The successful candidate must have a passion for making a change in young people's lives.

We are looking for:

  • Experience of working with young children in Nursery and Reception and the enthusiasm and ability to motivate young children and build on their successes
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • A commitment to high expectations to meet the needs of all children
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the EYFS Curriculum and an emerging understanding of Key Stage 1 Curriculum and how young children learn and the ability to contribute to planning.
  • The ability to assess children accurately and contribute to their learning journeys.
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a team of people to provide a stimulating learning environment
  • The ability to share your expertise, knowledge and understanding of young children's needs and achievements with parents and staff


NET Academies Trust offers a unique chance to be part of a friendly and supportive team. Being part of a growing primary cluster, offers a unique set of opportunities to develop your career. Being part of a growing primary cluster, staff work in teams to share the responsibility for planning. We have a number of specialist staff who work across our cluster who offer expert knowledge in Maths, English, PE, Drama, Art and music. At NET Academies Harlow we are committed to staff development and training.

Additional benefits working at Katherines Primary Academy:

  • Additional 13 days school holidays
  • Competitive salary
  • IT equipment relevant to the post
  • An outstanding childcare facility (under 3 years) for NET staff at discounted rates
  • A supportive team of leaders and staff
  • Opportunities for growth and development
  • A collaborative environment to work with colleagues across the trust
  • Extensive CPD opportunities, with external courses for career development
  • SENDCO network within the Trust
  • Working with a pastoral team, including a family liaison officer
  • Membership of a generous pension scheme (Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or Teacher Pension Scheme (TPS)
  • National pay rates
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Supportive special leave requests


The school has a dedicated team that works hard to reach high standards in everything they do, and this is further embedded through our successful relationships with parents, the local community and the other local schools within NET. At Katherines we believe in the future development of our teachers to enable them to develop and progress in their career.

Following a very successful Ofsted inspection, Katherines Primary Academy, part of the NET Academies Trust are looking for a passionate and creative Early Years Practitioner who can inspire and lead others, works well within a team and who will help us on our journey to provide exceptional provision for all pupils and their families.

What Ofsted say about our Katherines Primary Academy:
"Katherines Primary Academy and Nursery is a fully inclusive school where everybody is made to feel special. Pupils love coming to school. They are proud of their school and welcome visitors with a smile"
"Parents were overwhelmingly positive in their responses about the school. They particularly value the school's support of the 'whole' child. Many commented that they feel nothing is too much trouble for the staff"

"The behaviour and attitudes of pupils are a strength of the school. Pupils feel part of the Katherines School community. They value the relationships they have with each other and the staff. Pupils are able to self-regulate and quickly focus on their learning. They are polite and respectful to each other and adults"
"Staff are very appreciative of the collaborative support that the trust provides and the opportunities for extra training. These supports staff well to implement the chosen curriculum"

What our teachers say about our Katherines Primary Academy:
"I very much enjoy working for the academy, because I feel supported, valued and work with a great group of people."

"I feel like it is an incredibly supportive working atmosphere where people want the best for one another and go out of their way to do their best for both staff and pupils. It is pupil driven which is why I particularly agree with the academy's attitude towards priorities."
"Staff and pupils feel that we are all part of one family that help and support each other."

Potential applicants are both welcome and encouraged to visit the school. Please contact the school office by telephone on 01279 421495.
In compliance with Safer Recruitment guidelines, CVs cannot be accepted.

NET Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of the Safer Recruitment process all shortlisted applicants will be subject to social media checks. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Information about the School

Katherines Primary Academy and Nursery are a thriving Primary School in a small estate in Harlow and a school that the staff, children, parents and myself are incredibly proud of. Our children display excellent learning behaviours, they embrace each new learning opportunity building on prior knowledge and developing new skills, within a challenging curriculum.

Since coming into post, as Head of School in September 2017, I, along with my dedicated team, ensure that children's well being and voice are at the heart of what we do. We are extremely proud of our academic results, above National Standards in all subjects, for the last two consecutive years. We believe that every child’s learning and development is as individual as they, at Katherines Primary Academy children GROW in our care. Our commitment to each child is that they will leave us as Global citizens, Resilient learners, Outstanding achievers and Well-rounded empowered individuals. This coupled with our '100 things at Katherines' is designed to ensure that we are shaping our children's futures in the most positive way possible. We are confident that our children are equipped to face new challenges in the modern world, ready for their next stage of education in their respective secondary schools and beyond.

Mrs Annette Norris

Head of School

Katherine Primary Academy and Nursery

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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Contact Information

Claire Whitehouse
Brookside, Harlow
Essex, CM19 5NJ
Telephone: 01279 421495
Email: office@katherines.netacademies.net

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