Fantastic Advert for Nursery Staff.

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TiggyD Sun 29-Jan-17 14:15:03

I'm not connected with the nursery in any way. I have never knowingly been to Leicestershire. I just accidentally found it while Googling for jobs. The deadline for applications was last summer. I think it's a great and fun list of some of the qualities you need to work in a nursery.

-You must have a warm smiling face that makes every child feel special.

-You must be able to laugh at jokes you don’t understand, or you don’t find funny!

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NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 29-Jan-17 14:18:01

I find it patronising, twee and inaccurate.

You must feel comfortable telling everybody in the same room as you, that you are going to the toilet!

Why would I share with a room full of three year olds that I am going to the toilet?

TiggyD Sun 29-Jan-17 14:29:05

You have to maintain staff to child ratios. You can't just leave without telling the other staff what you're doing. Plus it's good for the children to know you go to the loo sometimes. Many children try to go the whole day without going and have accidents as a result.

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NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 29-Jan-17 16:48:31

Yes, you tell the other staff. You don't announce to a load of toddlers that you are going for a poo.
Twee rubbish. The efforts to make childcare a serious professional career obviously aren't going well if this patronising crap is how staff are recruited!
Bet its min wage as well.

yamahaugh Sun 29-Jan-17 16:57:46

"You trust and respect that children can manage their own risks." WHHHAAAT?

If my three year old could manage her own risks then I'd leave her with a few of her mates at the house instead of forking out nursery fees. Make sure she can reach the oven and kettle, and job's a goodun.

TiggyD Sun 29-Jan-17 18:07:48

I help children to understand and manage their own risks. If they want to use the slide or do something quite gymnastic they know they should do it on the rubber surface not the concrete bits. They know sand on the floor is slippery and needs cleaning up. Food on the floor might have germs on that make them ill. That's risk management.

Much of it seems obvious but the quality of applicants means it needs saying. We really get amongst the worst of the worst trying to work in childcare. And to be fair, a lot of those get in.

But a good worker in as much about temperament as knowledge. A good Nursery Practitioner would recognise and really 'get' that list. If you don't have a sense of humour you're not going to enjoy cleaning up poo footprints, rescuing children from killer flies or being weed on.

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sunsnow Wed 01-Feb-17 19:59:41

Love this TiggyD! Agree wholeheartedly with what you say about 'getting' that list. thanks for sharing x


TiggyD Wed 01-Feb-17 22:46:23

The thread has been quite mixed about it so far! grin

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insancerre Thu 02-Feb-17 06:39:42

I love it too
Don't listen to the haters
I get that to work with children you need a sense of humour and not to take things too seriously
It takes a very special person
It is absolutely essential that staff announce they are going to the loo so the other staff know

ceeveebee Thu 02-Feb-17 06:51:10

I would feel very happy to send my child to a place with staff like that!

Trollspoopglitter Thu 02-Feb-17 06:53:34

I think it does a great job of conveying the company's work culture. If I found it twee and patronising, then I would realise I wouldn't mesh with the management's style. That saves both me (and the nursery) wasted time in applying and interviewing.

I wish more job adverts were able to get the company's work culture across this effectively.

Kronutpearl Thu 02-Feb-17 06:56:09

Ugh it's so twee it's cringe. Yes it's important to have a sense of humour but this isn't even vaguely funny confused

"Trust children to manage their own risks" - what a load of bollocks. I'll pop my 11mo on the road then, leave him to make his way to the other side.

Wellitwouldbenice Thu 02-Feb-17 06:57:50

I bet its based on experience of other staff who didn't have these qualities. I think it's innovative in a way and interesting that they are prepared to spell out what's needed. As in so many jobs there are 'assumptions' about what a job involves that many applicants inexplicably have no understanding of. Good idea.

Afreshstartplease Thu 02-Feb-17 07:00:00

I like it

Especially the bit about a warm smiling face

Grumpy arsed nursery nurses who don't like kids piss me off!

BigGreenOlives Thu 02-Feb-17 07:02:45

The ad is old, it was for a post last year. Presumably they've filled the position now.

BikeRunSki Thu 02-Feb-17 07:04:02

Isn't it "Ana" anyway?

TiggyD Fri 03-Feb-17 23:17:10

They should have said "Able to keep a straight face when somebody poos on a combine harvester".

Long story.

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MissJSays Fri 03-Feb-17 23:40:03

Oh I love this!
Some people who have responded to this thread obviously don't work in early years, the ones who do will get it. I especially love the announcing to the whole room you're going for a 'W, E, E' one and the head count one. Today I counted 17 outside, then questioned myself so re counted and got 12??? Counted again and got 15, then gave up and made someone else count (I was right the first time with 17!)

Kronutpearl Sat 04-Feb-17 06:40:39

No I get it, I just don't think it's funny.

GloriousSlug Sat 04-Feb-17 06:59:19

I like it, makes a change from the usual twaddle on these kind of job adverts!

Children of all ages do need to learn to manage risks, it doesn't mean just leaving them to their own devices entirely... It's to do with not intervening every time they do something mildly risky, I work with babies and yes I actively encourage them to manage risks but in an age appropriate way. For an 11 month old this might be something as simple as letting them climb down the small steps on the climbing frame and not jumping in to say 'oh no be careful,let's me help you, etc.). It does not mean leaving them to cross a road, operate heavy machinery etc. hmm

Giving children opportunities to manage risk helps them to become resilient, it is a vital life skill gets down off soapbox

insancerre Sat 04-Feb-17 07:00:38

😀 tiggy
Or the ability to tell the difference between chocolate playdough and poo, especially when the chocolate playdough has been placed on he floor in a poo shape by a mischeavous member of staff

insancerre Sat 04-Feb-17 07:08:33

Absolutely agree glorious
Risk is as essential as food and water

Kronutpearl Sat 04-Feb-17 07:17:06

I imagine food and water is probably slightly more essential given they'd die without it

insancerre Sat 04-Feb-17 07:20:43

Yes, but only just slightly more important, maybe 😀

theothercatpurred Sat 04-Feb-17 07:37:40

Tiggy what a great ad, thanks for sharing smile

Can't even be bothered to have a go at the naysayers and nitpickers, other than to say how fucking joyless!

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