Early Years Practitioner 

Job title: Early Years Practitioners (Manor Gardens Welfare Trust)

Hours: 37 hours (FTE), and sessional staff

Salary: £21,231-£24,054 (NJC Salary Scale 1-2 SCP1-8) Part time posts will be pro-rata according to contracted hours & starting salary scale will be dependent on experience of candidate

Contract: Various – permanent or sessional

Location: Islington, London N7

Hornsey Road Children’s Centre are currently recruiting Early Years Practitioners to join their experienced team of practitioners, and have two full time posts, as well as a range of sessional posts at the Centre. These role will start in our September intake.

The Children’s Centre provides early year’s education and childcare, Monday – Friday, within extended hours, 8am – 6pm. In our care of babies, under twos, and 3-4 year olds we work with the London Borough of Islington as part of the local Bright Start offer to ensure we provide all our children with the best start in life, and promote the importance of early year’s education. Our partnership with all parents and families is greatly valued in achieving this aim.

You would be joining an experienced team and gaining committed and supportive colleagues. You have the potential to gain experience of working with different aged children, and those with additional educational and support needs, as we assess, plan, and respond to the presenting needs of all the children from our local community. You will need a minimum of a Level 3 childcare qualification, and must be able to demonstrate understanding of child development, child protection and Special Educational Needs.

Our organisation, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust (MGWT) is a charity with an excellent history of supporting people, including families and children, to improve their health and wellbeing. We operate predominantly across five London boroughs, and are based in Islington. We work with local communities to empower people in improving their lives, and ensure all children have the best start in life. We deliver Early Years education in two nursery settings in Islington; Manor Gardens Nursery and Hornsey Road Children’s Centre.

Closing date for applications: We will offer interviews on a rolling basis when suitable applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible, as we reserve the right to close posts at any time, once we have received sufficient applications. We are currently interviewing prior to 14th August for recruitment in September 2020 and we will offer the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Interviews: Prior to 14th August 2020 for recruitment in September

For a recruitment pack, please email: or download application form via (see documents below) 

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust follows safer recruitment procedures, and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Manor Gardens Welfare Trust is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities with which we work. We value, respect and celebrate diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation or religious belief.

About Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

Applicants Guidance Notes 

Application Form

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Form

Job Description - Early Years Practitioner


Front of House and Administration Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help out in our busy reception areas in Manor Gardens and Hornsey Road Children's Centre. You will be welcoming and friendly and enjoy working with people. As part of the work of being at the heart or our centres you will also assist with a wide range of administrative tasks, under the guidance of the Centre Manager.

This is a great opportunity to brush up or learn new skills and can be a stepping stone to getting into work.

Reception Volunteer Role description

Manor Gardens Volunteer Application Form

If you would like to discuss the role please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

We are looking to interview prospective candidates w/c 16th March.


Befriend with our Friendship Network

Do you have some spare time during the week to visit an older person in Islington and chat to them? Our Friendship Network is looking for volunteers to help us bring some cheer to isolated older people in our community. We provide training and support and the volunteering can be done at a time to suit you.

Befriending is open to anyone over 18 but we are particularly looking for older people, perhaps people who have just retired, who are able to give a long-term commitment to providing some social interaction to an older person who may well be stuck in their home.

Please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator for more information.

Manor Gardens Volunteer Application Form


Camden Blossoms

Do you have experience of bringing up a family? Do you have some time to spare? We are looking for volunteers to support new mums and dads in Camden with the challenges and adventures of parenthood.

Baby Champions

We are looking for volunteers to lead support groups to improve wellbeing for pregnant couples and new parents, put on events and do outreach. We will give you all the training and support you need, and the opportunity to shadow our experienced Maternity Mentors as they lead groups.

Baby Buddies

We are looking for volunteers to provide one-to-one support to pregnant women and new parents and help them settle into their new role in your neighbourhood. We will provide you with training and match you with a new parent, accompany you on your first visits, and provide regular support.

Please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator to find out more.

Manor Gardens Volunteer Application Form

Stroke Club volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to take a leading role in our Stroke Club every Friday. Here are some of the things you would do:

  • To facilitate Stroke Club on a weekly basis including preparing the room and tidying up at the end.
  • To work with the staff in managing volunteers to ensure all tasks that need to be done at club and related administration are completed.
  • To help staff and organise any outings, parties and other events, ensuring that all venues and transport are accessible, creating and sending invitations to potential attendees, coordinating transport for clients who require support and managing volunteers on the day.
  • To be accessible to and communicate with clients at Stroke Club or at events to ensure they can alert you to any problems they may have and the Stroke Service can work to support them with their issues.
  • To work with clients and staff to create club schedules with exciting, healthy and educational variety of activities.
  • At all times work with staff to ensure that Stroke Club and Events are held in a safe way.
  • To notify a member of staff of any problems, incidents or accidents, with clients or volunteers and at club or events.
  • To manage the petty cash at club/events ensuring all money spent has a receipt to account for it.

Please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator to find out more.

Manor Gardens Volunteer Application Form

Mental Health Champions

We are recruiting volunteer Mental Health Champions to champion positive mental wellbeing in our local community for colleagues, clients, patients or people they encounter on a daily basis. Champions are people who live or work in Islington and are provided with training and support to:
• Promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing;
• Help their organisation or community to respond to people who may be showing early signs of anxiety or depression;
• Be able to recognise signs of other mental illness and what to do in a crisis situation;
• Help people understand and to tackle the common myths, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues.
• Signpost and support people to access mental health services/activities through our Wellbeing Service.

Every Champion is provided with free training and are then part of a network of Champions with ongoing support, training events and information to help people in Islington develop and maintain good mental wellbeing. We may ask you to assist us with events and activities, such as helping with a stall or a promotional event.

See here for more information

Please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator to find out more.

Manor Gardens Volunteer Application Form


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