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  • Ref no: EAL05160
  • Published: 20/11/2020
  • Closes: 6/12/2020
  • Location: Various Locations In East Lothian, EH41 3HA
  • Salary: £25,640.00 - £28,012.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time & Part Time

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.

Nursery Nurses (Early Years Practitioners), Various Locations in East Lothian

  • Location: Various Locations in East Lothian Primary Schools
  • Salary: £25,640 - £28,012 per year (pro rata for posts less than 35 hours per week)
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Part time / Full time (52 weeks - full year)
  • Hours: Various hours per week (up to 35)

The Scottish Government has announced that by August 2020, all 3-5 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds, will be entitled to 1140 hours per year of funded (free) early learning and childcare in Scotland.  Due to Covid -19 this was postponed and implementation of 1140 is being phased in between now and August 2021.  East Lothian Council are now recruiting to Practitioner positions in our nurseries to enhance our well-established teams and support the expansion of the early years service.

This is a fantastic opportunity to secure a permanent Nursery Nurse (Practitioner) role within East Lothian Council.

Our aim is to provide child-centred Early Learning and Childcare (aged 2-5 years) which reflects and responds to individual needs and identity.

You will be joining our dedicated, highly skilled and well-qualified workforce and contributing to the work of each team in providing the best start in life for all children, their families and supporting work across the wider community.

You must be able to work both on your own initiative and as a team member who directly contributes to and supports colleagues in the development of a flexible childcare and early education service, which is appropriate to the needs of young children and their families, within the context of both authority and nursery policies and procedures.

You must be educated to HNC level in Early Education and Childcare or hold SNNB/HNC/SVQ3 qualifications in Childcare/Education or equivalent and be able to evidence additional learning and knowledge of current practice and legislation in relation to Early Learning and Childcare.

In applying for a position with us, you should indicate the area in which you would like to be considered for a post by completing the details on your application. You may choose any number of locations. Posts are available in Musselburgh, Tranent, Dunbar, Haddington, Prestonpans, Ormiston, Longniddry, North Berwick, Gullane, East Linton.

Please Note: these posts are due to start any time between now and August 2021 and jobs will be allocated as and when they become available.  They will be based in settings moving to a 48 week service. Staff contracts will be full year – ie 52 weeks and part time being any number of hours up to 35 per week. Please indicate the maximum and minimum number of hours you can work per week on your application.

East Lothian are currently reviewing the job descriptions for Nursery Nurses (Practitioners) in order to ensure they reflect the changing requirements of the role and meet the needs of the new service models.

Interviews will be held from December onwards. For further information about this position, please contact Anna Robertson, Principal Officer, Staffing at


Job Details

To work as an effective member of an early years team delivering a high quality child centred service which meets the needs of children and their families.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’ – values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to HNC in Childcare and Education or SVQ3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development (CCLD), or equivalent qualification.

SSSC registration or agreement to register within 6 months from the date of appointment to this post is essential.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups are required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

East Lothian Council Primary and Secondary Schools
Further details on all East Lothian Council Primary and Secondary Schools, including individual school websites can be found here: Primary and Secondary Schools

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