Birth - 3 Montessori Teacher, AMI Diploma Age 0 - 3 (required)

AMI Assistant to Infancy Teacher (Guide) 0 - 3

Salary: Negotiable

Hours: 40 hours, Full Time

Responsible to: Nursery Manager, Directors

Location: 73a Tenison Road, Cambridge, CB12DG

Our ethos is one of ‘Nurturing Wonderful Minds’, supporting children through their early years of development, ages 3 months to 5 years.

Our aim is to help the children in our care to develop into kind, confident and independent individuals, who respect themselves, those around them and the environment in which they live.

Job Description

Reporting to

The Guide is directly responsible to the Nursery Manager of whom is ultimately responsible for all matters concerning employment.

Main Purpose of the Post

This position requires love, patience and respect for children, a warm friendly personality with the ability to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. To 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 an ambassador for the Nursery School to the wider community.

Essential Duties

  • The teacher will be responsible for preparing an environment in which furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the needs of the group; for maintaining aclear, orderly, and 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 children.

  • 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 management.

  • 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 practices.

  • Assist and undertake observation/assessment and record keeping as directed by the Management.

  • Interact frequently, affectionately, and respectfully with children.

  • Participate in 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 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 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 any other Montessori colleagues with training by complying with the documentation required by the Montessori Institutions involved.

  • Participate actively in the teaching team through communication, collaboration, and curriculum planning.

Specific Responsibility

  • Support the nursery to maintain high standards of teaching with effective keeping of children’ s learning records within the Montessori Infancy community and Nido environment.

  • Promote the organisation’s Equal Opportunities policies.

  • 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 grade and responsibilities of the post.

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.

Person Specification

Essential requirements for the successful applicant:

Must have current Montessori Certificate in the age group 0-3

Must be motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team

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 a background check (DBS)

Desirable requirements for successful applicant:

Experience working with children aged 0-3 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

Physical Requirements

This position requires an ability to perform the following job requirements, with or without reasonable recommendations:

- Kneeling - Bending -Sitting on the floor -Pushing/Pulling - Jumping

- Running - Mopping - Dancing - Sweeping - Singing

- Standing - Twisting at the waist - Raising arms above the head

- Rising from kneeling/sitting position - Lifting and carrying children up to the age of 5.

Working Hours, Holidays, Salary

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 8.00 am and 6.00 pm. You will be requested from time to time to attend (virtual) meetings out of hours. 30 Minutes Lunch break.

Annual leave should be booked in advance and requires the approval of 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.

The salary is negotiable at interview. PAYE, hourly rate, pro rata. Precise hourly rate to be discussed at interview and will be dependent on current experience and ability to satisfy the requirements of the job description. We are committed to the continued development of skills amongst our team and appropriate training will be provided as necessary.

Safer Recruitment

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 bureau check (DBS) and must include the update service, paid by the applicant. 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.

Cambridge Montessori

73a Tenison Road,





A convenient interviews time will be arranged once application is received, times will be confirmed.

Visits to the nursery school are welcomed prior to the submission of a completed application form. Please contact Pamela Gordon-Smith on 01223 352472 to book an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!