Vacancy: Early Years Teaching Assistant

Castle Mead School
Job reference
Closing date
9.00am on 22 May 2023
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
As soon as possible after appointment
Contract type
Grade E - Grade H for the right candidate, with relevant qualifications and experience (£21,968 - £27,344 pro rata)
8.45am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, term time only (plus 5 INSET Days a year and some additional holiday working to a maximum of 5 days)
Mascroft Road, Trowbridge BA14 6GD
Role overview
We have a vacancy at Castle Mead School in Trowbridge for an Early Years Teaching Assistant. The successful candidate will join a friendly team whose vision for children’s individual needs is at the heart of school life – every child matters. The Nursery at Castle Mead School cares for 2 – 4 year olds, and accepts Universal and Extended funding. There is also the provision of breakfast and after school clubs.

Our Early Years practitioners are highly professional, experienced, and committed. The successful candidate will be a key part of this close-knit team and contribute to the life of the whole school. The role will involve:
• Working with groups of individuals within all curricular areas under the direction of the Senior Early Years Teaching Assistant, to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
• Assisting with learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and encouragement
• Providing opportunities for children to work towards the Learning Outcomes
• Preparing activities, ensuring that appropriate materials/equipment are available, and assisting in clearing away afterwards
• Supporting the preparation and adaptation of teaching aids, games, and worksheets as directed
• Meeting pupils’ pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care
• Taking responsibility for the welfare and hygiene of pupils, including changing and cleaning as necessary

You might have just finished a qualification in childcare or Teaching and Learning, or worked as a childminder, or are looking for a complete career change. Our staff come from a huge variety of backgrounds, and we embrace and actively welcome people from all walks of life. We understand and embrace the vast knowledge and skills that come from a range of sectors. No matter your background, you will need to be:
• Inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Experienced in working with pre-school children
• Able to support all children with their learning and development
• Happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative

You will need to have the following skills to be really effective in this role:
• Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (essential)
• Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning (desirable)
• Trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training
• The ability to communicate well with children and adults alike

How to apply
Please refer to the candidate brief for details on how to apply for this role.
Other information
We warmly welcome visits to our schools, and if you would like to visit us please email so that we can arrange this.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance whenever they need it
  • Generous employer contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >

Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

Child Protection Policy >
Code of Conduct >