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We’re on the hunt for highly professional Early Years practitioners to join the growing Shrewsbury Prepatoria team.


We provide an alternative approach to education and care of all children from birth to seven years of age.  With a recent double Outstanding report from Ofsted and DfE approval for our new independent school, we’re looking to recruit some very special people to work with us in early years education.

If you believe that quality comes as standard, that all children deserve the very best love and attention and that all people are born equal then why not get in touch with us.




We are always on the lookout for staff in the following roles, so why not get in touch now and register interest in any future vacancies we may have?

SEN Nursery Practitoner

 A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join this incredible team of passionate and enthusiastic pedagogues in the role of SEN Nursery Practitioner Level 3 or 4. 

About us 

Shrewsbury Prepatoria is an (Ofsted rated) ‘Outstanding’ Independent School and Nursery.  

Shrewsbury Prepatoria is an NDNA award-winning, Ofsted ‘Outstanding in all areas’ Nursery, Pre-school and Independent School caring for and educating children from 6 months to 7yrs.

Our Independent School and Nursery continues to grow as we refine and develop our pedagogy and families hear about the amazing outcomes children achieve through our innovative approach to early years education. 

Our mission is to create a unique educational environment where all children are respected as individuals, with life experiences and relationships that have influenced their development, rights, opinions and quality of life to date. We know that children learn best when they feel safe, loved, cared for and are interested. Our commitment to children is to seek those adults who understand the enormous privilege it is to work with small children. People who are passionate in their desire to make a positive and valuable contribution to the life and learning of children. Those who have the required skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive contribution to children and therefore society. 

The founding principles of the Prepatoria are love, respect and quality, and through these principles, we have redesigned the academic landscape by creating a new curriculum perfectly suited for these precious early years children and delivered with the child and family at the very heart of it. 

If you’re inspired by our mission and looking to make a real difference with your next career move, we’d love to hear from you. 

Who we’re looking for:

  • We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified practitioner to work on a one-to-one basis with a child with special education needs. You will be based in our dedicated Infant and Toddler Centre or Pre-school but will move across the setting as the child moves from group to group.
  • Professional in your approach to working with others and with parents.
  • Work with other practitioners in the team to plan a meaningful educational experience for the child.
  • An understanding and a desire to learn about the child’s condition.
  • Patient, kind and empathic in your work with children.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • L3 or L4 childcare qualification – please check that your qualification is suitable and relevant before applying. We only employ qualified practitioners.
  • The post is also suitable for an EYT or EYPS
  • Knowledge of or willingness to train in Makaton
  • The right to work in the UK.

What the role involves:

  • SEN support to work with a child with Downs Syndrome, with hearing needs and who is non-verbal. The child is 3 years of age
  • To carry out the key person responsibilities including administrative and health and hygiene needs

Carry out the specific plans and activities of the EHC

Work with other professionals to support the health and learning needs of the child.

  • Develop a warm and open relationship with parents.
  • Attending staff meetings and training opportunities.
  • Develop plans and resources to a high standard.
  • This post is Term time only for 30 hours per week. There may be the opportunity for additional work covering for holidays across the setting during non-term.

What we offer:

  • A creative, supportive, knowledgeable, and fun team to work with.
  • Discounted childcare
  • Paid lunch break, subsidised and a delicious variety of food from our own creative kitchen.
  • Pension scheme in place.
  • Regular staff social gatherings.
  • We develop our highly professional workforce through in-house and ongoing professional development, high-quality training, motivation, and the pursuit of excellence.
  • The opportunity to work for one of Shropshire’s most innovative and rapidly expanding educational establishments.

We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on any basis. Safeguarding is fundamentally paramount to us and we follow safe recruitment procedures. A DBS check will be required for this role.

Work Remotely

  • No

Job Types: Term time, the post may end if and when the child leaves the setting. There may be the opportunity for additional work covering for holidays across the setting during non-term at the prevailing rate for the role.

Part-time hours: 30 per week

Term time only requirement – £12.95/hr to £13.62/h per hour

Annual Leave: Pay for leave is included in the rate. It is expected that any leave taken will occur during non-term time.


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Discounted childcare
  • On-site parking
  • Wellness programmes


  • 7.5-8 hours per day including a paid 30 min lunch break.
  • Four days from Monday to Friday – actual days depending on days booked by the family and to suit the operation of the nursery and pre-school

COVID-19 considerations:

All visitors are required to wear face masks and sanitise their hands. We operate small bubbles in physically separate buildings and spaces. Children are dropped off and collected outside by parents


  • GCSE or equivalent (preferred)


  • Childcare: 2 years (preferred)


  • Level 3 Qualification in childcare (required)

Interested? Email your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are a great fit! Send to


Level 3 Nursery Practitioners – Full time and part time roles

Full time position of 40 hours per week and a part time only post of 20 to 30 hours per week.

Our standards are exceptionally high in all areas. We are expanding so seek highly motivated and qualified people to work in our Infant and Toddler Centre. Applicants must be professional in their approach to working with others and with parents. You must be a well dressed and well presented nursery practitioner and should have an understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach. You must be patient, kind and empathic in your work with children.

There are excellent promotion opportunities for the right people.

Responsibilities and Duties

Full time post role includes;

  • Working with children from 2 to 3 years of age.
  • To carry out the key person responsibilities including administrative and health and hygiene needs
  • Planning exciting activities for children
  • Developing excellent communication and relationship with parents
  • Attending staff meetings, training and open days
  • Maintaining the environment and resources to a very high standard

Essential Qualifications

L3 or L4 childcare qualification. Please check that your qualification is suitable and relevant before applying. Unqualified people need not apply.

The post does not require an EYT or EYPS qualification as we currently have three EYT’s on staff.


  • 4 to 6 hours paid non-contact time is provided each week for the completion of administrative duties.
  • Lunch time meal is provided for all adults to be eaten with the children.
  • Pension scheme in place.
  • In-house training for continuous professional development.
  • The opportunity to work for one of the county’s leading educational establishments.

If you meet the criteria and would like to register interest in any future roles we may have, please contact Jane Smalley at the Prepatoria on 01743 460 199 or email

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