Welcome to Cherry Trees and thank you for your interest in joining our team. Our team proudly works with early years children and their families in the Cranfield and surrounding areas.
We are located on the campus of Cranfield University, with shops, amenities and local public transport links surrounding us.
Our Ofsted Outstanding nursery is housed in a state of the art ‘eco building’ and features a large, spacious staff room and al-fresco dining area for staff to enjoy.
Our 4 age appropriate play rooms are bright and well equipped and our garden provides an inspiring place for outdoor play.
We are open 52 weeks a year, from 7.30am to 6.30pm, and close for bank holidays and 2 full team training inset days.
Amy, Nursery Manager
State of the art innovative learning through play programmes in imaginative age-appropriate spaces, both in and out of doors, ensures children of all ages are happy and confident.
A comprehensive calendar of training is available to all colleagues to ensure they have professional development and the opportunity to progress their career with us, if they wish to do so. Scroll down for our latest nursery vacancies.
Our nursery has a variety of roles which would suit someone looking to work directly or indirectly with early years children. We have both qualified and unqualified positions with training available to undertake an early years qualification if you’d like to do this.
We offer both full time and part time jobs and our seasonal and relief roles are designed to provide added flexibility around hours worked.
This role is suitable for a professional both newly qualified and with relevant experience. As a Qualified Level 2 or 3 Practitioner you will provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment. Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.
Salary level 2: £11 per hour
Salary level 3: £11.50 – £12.60 per hour
This role is suitable for a professional looking to undertake an Early Years Qualification within our Childbase Academy of Excellence alongside working within the nursery environment. You will have 20% of your time allocated to attend training and complete tasks and assessments associated with your qualification. You will be supported by your dedicated Trainer/Assessor, Mentor and where needed Functional Skills Tutor.
Salary: £5.55 per hour increasing to £9.50 per hour after 6 months
This role is suitable for a professional without a qualification or who wishes to undertake an Early Years Qualification, alongside their role. As an Unqualified Practitioner you will provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment. Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.
Salary: £10.90 per hour
This role is suitable for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum looking for their first step into a management role or with relevant experience already. A room based role, responsible for managing your room team to deliver high quality care and education, support colleague development and take on additional responsibilities out of the room as part of the Management Team.
Salary: £13 – £14 per hour
This supernumerary role is suitable for a professional who is a minimum level 3 qualified with experience of supporting and monitoring practice with improved results. As part of the Management Team, your role will include the delivery of our approach to high quality provision, linked to the EYFS, by supporting colleagues through role modelling and monitoring children’s progress and working in partnership with colleagues and parents.
Salary: £15.70 – 17.39 per hour
This role is for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum and with relevant experience of being part of a Management Team. Responsible for supporting the overall effective running of the nursery and stepping up in the absence of the Manager. You will be responsible for key aspects of the nursery including supporting and developing colleague professional development and role modelling outstanding practice to ensure a highly engaged workforce.
Salary: £15.70 – £17.39 per hour
This supernumerary role is for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum and with relevant management experience. Responsible for the overall effective running of the nursery, you are an inspirational leader who can lead on delivering outstanding outcomes for children in partnership with parents by ensuring a highly engaged workforce. Team work, excellent communication and problem solving are some of your key attributes.
Salary from £19.79 per hour
A Nursery Chef role suits a professional who holds a basic Food Hygiene Certificate, a knowledge of dietary and allergy requirements with a love for food. You will be responsible for ensuring nutritionally balanced seasonal menu’s which meet the needs of our children. Can successfully manage ordering and balance on-site stock supplies and maintain good stock rotation. Contributes to children’s learning and development through cooking activities and experiences.
Chef salary: £11.00 – £13.55
A Kitchen Assistant role suits a professional who enjoys being part of a kitchen team and takes great pride in maintaining high standards of cleanliness. Responsible for all the domestic duties and working alongside the Nursery Cook to contribute to various catering tasks, including preparation of the daily meals and collection of food from the rooms. Can step up in the absence of the cook.
Kitchen assistant salary: £10.90
This role is for a professional with strong administration and organisational skills. You will be responsible for supporting the Management Team to ensure the effective running of the nursery. This includes ensuring all administrative tasks are undertaken which includes customer enquiries, bookings and financial queries and as an excellent communicator you will be front of house on the telephone and welcoming all colleagues, parents and children into the nursery.
Salary: £11.03 – £13.26
This role is for professionals both qualified and unqualified. Our seasonal workforce work various hours, days and times throughout the year to suit their other commitments. In this room based role you will support the team to provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment. Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.
Salary unqualified: £10.90
Salary level 2: £10.95
Salary level 3: £11 to £12.14
Whether you are looking for a career in childcare or a flexible job working with early years children our friendly team would be delighted to hear from you at Cherry Trees Day Nursery.
We are located close to Wharley End, Bourne End and Gossard’s Green.
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