Vacancy for Early Years Teaching Assistant – March 2021

Cropredy Primary School is a small village school in an idyllic rural setting with an energetic, close knit staff, who are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for all our children and families. The school has a new, strong leadership team, and is embarking on an exciting period of curriculum development and improvement, while forging closer links with the wider community and expanding the extracurricular opportunities available to our children. We are proud of the ethos and values shared by all staff, children, parents, and governors and are looking for the right person to join our school community.

We are looking for a qualified and experienced Early Years Teaching Assistant for our Reception class of 30, to provide support to children under the direction of the class teacher. The successful candidate will be required to step up to cover for the teacher as required (e.g., during Planning and Preparation time).  Applicants should be flexible, friendly, enthusiastic, and caring, and be able to work with the class team to promote the best outcomes for the children. We are especially looking for someone who has previous experience of delivering interventions.

The hours will be Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 3.00pm, (32.5 hours with half an hour unpaid lunch break), term time only.


This is a permanent position within the school, subject to successful completion of a probationary period.

The successful candidate should have:

  • NVQ 3 or Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants or equivalent qualification

  • Significant experience of working in an Early Years setting.

  • Current knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.

  • Experience of delivering interventions.

  • The ability to build appropriate and supportive relationships with pupils.

  • A positive attitude and be patient and caring.

  • Extremely high standards and expectations of themselves and others.

  • Communicate well and enjoy working collaboratively.

  • Strong organisation skills and enthusiasm for working within Early Years.

  • A commitment to inclusion.


We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated and work well as part of a team.


In return, we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to join an energetic and friendly team in a wonderful rural school.

  • Support and training from an experienced staff and opportunities for further professional development.

  • Well-behaved children.

  • An inclusive school culture.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Further details can be obtained from the school office on 01295 750210.

Enhanced CRB checks and references will be required in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. Before submitting your application, please ensure that your referees are aware that you have applied for this vacancy as we may request references before inviting people for interview. Please ensure that your first referee is your current or last employer.

You can download the application information from the website and apply on-line via the same link.

Closing date: Noon Monday 26th April
Interviews will be held Friday 30th April.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.