Join the team

We are always looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join our Blossom Lodge Day Nursery Team. We pride ourselves on valuing our employees and recognising hard work – we provide progression, training and support throughout your career with us. Our teams are made up of full and part time positions so keep your eyes peels for the next opportunity that suits you.

Current positions

Due to our recent refurbishment and expansion Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in Cheltenham are looking to recruit for the following roles:

  • Qualified Nursery Practitioner for 18-42 hours per week roles available within our Baby Room (0-1 years)
  • Qualified Nursery Practitioner for 18-42 hours per week roles available within our Toddler Room (1-2 years)
  • Qualified Nursery Practitioner for 18-42 hours per week roles available within our Early Learners Room (2-3 years)
  • Experienced Nursery Practitioner for Lunch Cover, 10 hours per week
  • Nursery Apprentices, 30 hours per week

WELCOME BONUS OF £300 for anyone who accepts a role at our nursery for 18 hours or above per week. (After completion of successful probation period) * Terms and conditions apply

The Role

You will be joining a dedicated, friendly and supportive team where the senior leadership team are committed to supporting staff’s continual personal development.

Main responsibilities are to work with the team in providing a high level of care of the children at the nursery, maximising their learning potential and work towards positive outcomes.

We are looking for someone that is caring and has a passion for working in childcare. You will need to be flexible towards your working hours / days, hardworking and a team player.

Required Qualifications For Qualified Roles:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Education
  • Paediatric first aid certificate (in date)
    (In relation to the Department of Education Early Years Qualification List, Health and Social Care training is not considered to be a full and relevant qualification for the EYFS and Health and Social Care Qualifications will not be considered for this role)

The Ideal Candidate will have the following:

  • Experience of working in a children’s day nursery, not essential for apprenticeship roles
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to observe and records children’s progress
  • Good IT skills in order to carry out recording the children’s daily information on our online portal
  • Enthusiasm and a passionate approach to early years development
  • Skills to deliver high quality childcare
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the EYFS
  • All applications require 2 references and the successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure (DBS)

Employment Benefits:

  • Committed team supporting all staff in their personal development
  • Continual Training opportunities
  • Staff Childcare Discounts
  • Staff incentive schemes

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Blossom Lodge Day Nursery FAQs

How do I arrange a viewing of the nursery?

We would be more than happy to show you around our Cheltenham nursery and answer your questions. Visits can be booked through our nursery website, you can call 01242 525374 or even just pop in.

Do you offer any extended hours?

Yes, we want to be able to provide extended childcare hours for our families. We offer an early start at 7.30am and late collection at 6.30pm. These can be booked as part of your weekly sessions or on an ad hoc basis.

How many staff will look after my child?

In line with statutory requirements the following staff to child ratios apply:
- 0-1 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children.
- 1-2 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children.
- 2-3 years is 1 member of staff for every 4 children.
- 3-5 years is 1 member of staff for every 8 children.

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Yes, every child is offered a setting in sessions which takes place two weeks before their start date. Children will normally attend between 2-4 settling in sessions depending on their age. The initial settling in session is where you will stay with your child and spend time together to meet the staff and discuss your child's needs and routine. The length of the following settling in sessions will depend on their age, booking pattern and how they adapt to nursery and will be discussed with you prior to arranging suitable dates together.

Can I use Government funded hours at Blossom Lodge?

Yes, every 3 and 4 year old child can claim 15 hours of funded nursery education (increasing to 30 hours if you are eligible) from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children may also be eligible for 15 hours of funded nursery education, this is based on a criteria list. For further information parents can call and we will be happy to discuss how funded childcare is applied at our nursery in Cheltenham.

Do you allow payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Yes, we are registered to accept payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme, for more information on how the Tax Free Childcare Scheme supports families visit Childcare Choices.

Do I need to pay extra for meals and snacks?

No, you don't pay extra for meals and snacks, these are all inclusive within the fees. We provide a healthy menu offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and tea. If your child has a specific dietary requirement or is a 'fussy' eater our staff will work with you to ensure your child's needs are met. Unfortunately due to allergies within the nursery we are unable to accept food or packed lunches to be brought into the nursery instead of our menu.

What else is included in your nursery fees?

Also included in our nursery fees are nappies, wet wipes, nappy creams. Cows milk will be provided for children over the age of 1 year but we do ask that parents provide any formula milk required throughout the day.

Do you have a car park and pushchair storage?

Yes, we have a car park at the rear of the nursery for parents access. There is a pushchair storage cupboard if you wish to leave your pushchairs or car seats at nursery during the day.

Do you offer any discounts on your nursery fees?

Yes, We offer the following discounts:
- 10% NHS employee discount.
- Discounted daily rate for full time places.
- 10% Sibling discount for the youngest child, please note this will not
apply if the older child is in receipt of Government Funded Hours.

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