AMI 3 to 6 Montessori Teacher
Position: Montessori Directress (Guide) 3 - 6
Salary: Negotiable, 40 hours p/w, Full time
Location: Cambridge Montessori Nursery School, 73a Tenison Road, Cambridge, CB1 2DG
Responsible to: Nursery Manager, Directors
The nursery was founded on the principles of Dr Maria Montessori and her approaches to learning and development, supported by the Early Years Foundation Stage. The nursery can take up to a maximum of 86 children. Our ethos is one of ‘Nurturing Wonderful Minds’, supporting children aged 6 months to 5 years through their early years of development.
At the heart of our belief's we recognise the importance that Learning, Environment & Nutrition have upon the overall wellbeing and development of the children in these important early years. The children may attend up to 5 day sessions per week, with a minimum commitment of 3 per week. Our aim is to provide opportunities for the individual child to develop independently and foster a joy for learning that prepares them for the challenges ahead.
Our aim is to help children develop into kind, confident and independent individuals, who respect themselves, those around them and the environment in which they live.
Further details about our school can be found at www.montessoricambridge.co.uk
Reporting to: All staff are directly responsible to the management of whom are responsible for all matters concerning employment.
Main Purpose of the Post
This position requires patience and a natural respect for children, a warm friendly personality with the ability to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Encourage children to be independent and model for them appropriate manners and behaviours. Present children with opportunities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth following the philosophies of Maria Montessori by performing the
duties describes under ‘Essential Duties’.
To have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the Statutory Welfare Requirements and the ability to meet them.
To contribute to the smooth operation of the Nursery School and act as ambassador for the Nursery School to the wider community.
The teacher will be responsible for preparing an environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the needs of the group; for maintaining clear, orderly, and an attractive Montessori environment, including the care and maintenance of classroom materials and equipment, and maintaining inventory of classroom materials.
The teacher will be responsible for preparing an environment that meets the sensitive periods / planes of development of the children in the environment
To work in partnership with setting management/ fellow staff and trainees as part of a highly motivated and professional team
To be part of a team of early years practitioners providing safe and stimulating childcare, under the direction of the Setting Manager
To attend regular staff meetings and keep up to date with current childcare issues
To promote good practice in a professional and inclusive manner
To be fully involved in all activities associated with the childcare provision
To understand, work within and promote the settings policies and procedures
To share any child protection concerns immediately with the Designated Person
To adhere to the confidentiality policy of the setting
To assist with preparing and providing appropriate play and learning opportunities for the children at the setting
To act as a Key Person to a small group of children as directed by the Nursery Management, maintaining all relevant paperwork
To liaise with parents to support the development and care of their children
To promote inclusive attitudes and good practice
Assist and undertake observation/assessment and record keeping as directed by the Management
Interact frequently, affectionately, and respectfully with children
Participate with outings to local museums, woodland and events for children
Help organise and actively participate in nursery events such as open days, parent and child workshops, family BBQ, family Christmas party and parent meetings
Be fully committed to the continuous success of the nursery school
Implement the Montessori methods which reflect’s observations and goals of individual children
Facilitate regular parent communication and conferences to discuss orientation, transitions, and developmental goals
Follow all safety and health rules while supervising all children at all times
Demonstrate awareness of the entire group whether working with a small group or individuals
Keep the environment and equipment safe, clean and attractive
Support organisational mission, philosophies, values, goals, and policies to parent/guardians and co-workers
Offer and share ideas and materials with colleagues
Support other Montessori colleagues with training by complying with the documentation required by the Montessori Institutions.
Participate actively in the teaching team through communication, collaboration, and curriculum planning
To have due regard to the provisions of Health & Safety at Work legislation, as detailed in the Health and Safety policy
Undertake such additional responsibilities as required by the Management, which are commensurate with the responsibilities of the post
Promote the organisation’s Equal Opportunities policies
This job description describes responsibilities, as they are currently required. It is anticipated duties may
change over time and the job description may need to be reviewed in the future.
Essential requirements for the successful applicant:
Must be motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team
Must have current Montessori Certificate in the age group for that classroom, 3 - 6
Must demonstrate a positive attitude with a commitment to customer service
Must have oral and written proficiency in the English language
Must be able to work the hours of the position based on the organisation’s needs
Must be committed to continuing professional development
Must complete clearance of an enhanced DBS Disclosure
Desirable requirements for successful applicant:
Experience working with children aged 3-6 in a Montessori setting
Experience supervising staff and leading a team
Advanced qualifications in Early Childhood Education
Basic food hygiene certificate
Must have current Infant/Child CPR, First Aid, or gain this when starting
Basic child protection/safeguarding training
DBS Criminal Records and Barring Service
This post is for 51 weeks of the year and requires a commitment of 40 hours per week, divided of 5 days, Monday to Friday. Hours of work may be changeable between the hours of 8 am and close of the nursery. You will be requested from time to time to attend meeting out of hours. 30 minutes lunch break.
Paid holiday entitlement must be arranged in advance with the management. During your employment you will receive a paid holiday entitlement of 5.6 weeks inclusive of public/bank holidays subject to a maximum of 28 days.
Additional Holiday Pay
We pay an additional day’s holiday for each year worked up to a maximum of 4 days (32 days paid holiday per year).
The starting salary will be: Negotiable. Precise hourly rate to be discussed at interview and will be dependent on relative past experience. We are committed to the continued development of skills amongst our staff and appropriate training will be provided as necessary. Salary is commensurate with the job role and responsibilities.
Occupational Pension Scheme
We provide the pension scheme to all eligible staff that wish to contribute each month. We also contribute a percentage towards your pension, which will increase over time.
Cambridge Montessori is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in our care. All applicants therefore must be willing to undergo effective child protection screening, this will include references from previous employers and an enhanced criminal records check (DBS check). We shall also seek compliance with sections 15-25 of the immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (eligibility to work in the United Kingdom of Great Britain). Interviews will be conducted in person to test your suitability to work with children.
Applications for employment
A completed application form for employment should be sent by post or by email. An application form can be downloaded from our website, in pdf and word formats.
Cambridge Montessori Nursery School
73a Tenison Road
Interviews times will be arranged and confirmed with the candidate.
Visits to the nursery school are welcomed prior to the submission of a completed application form.
Please contact the nursery office on 01223 352472 to book an appointment. We look forward to meeting