Early Years Learning Support Assistant

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: Actual pro-rata £21,083 - £21,402
Location: Handsworth Primary School,Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, London, E4 9PJ
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time/Term Time
Hours: 32.5 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 24/05/2024 at 23:55
Reference: SCH/24/277755

Handsworth Primary School is looking to recruit an experienced Early Years Learning Support Assistant to provide in-class/small group support and 1:1 support for children with their learning and medical needs when required. Good communication skills and empathy with children are essential.


Applicants must be willing to deal with a wide range of additional needs and be able to show patience, resilience and flexibility to respond to the varying demands of the school day.

Good Numeracy and Literacy skills are essential. Applicants must hold an NVQ Level 3 certificate for Teaching Assistants or have equivalent qualifications.


You should:

  • Be an excellent practitioner with high expectations of Early Years pupils
  • Have experience working 1:1 to support specific needs
  • Be an innovative team player who is positive and proactive with good interpersonal skills

We can offer:

  • An inclusive approach to education where we aim to exceed expectations for all
  • A focused environment where personal qualities are valued highly and the atmosphere is friendly and purposeful
  • The support of a committed Staff and Leadership team
  • Excellent CPD


This is an excellent opportunity to join an established, popular, successful and inclusive school.


For further information, please see the job description and person specification.  All completed application forms should be emailed to school@handsworth.waltham.sch.uk.


Handsworth is a happy, thriving learning community where diversity is celebrated and high aspirations are encouraged. We believe in the importance of motivating and inspiring our children to enable them to be confident, curious, and ambitious. We can offer you a friendly, popular school with motivated learners, the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of staff and governors, and excellent CPD and mentoring.


We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and opposing all forms of discrimination regarding all protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act.  


We foster positive attitudes and good relationships, creating a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.  We consult and involve our whole school community.  We invest in training for all our staff and base our practices on evidence and on the outcomes of our continuous learning.  We are committed to embedding anti-racist practices in everything we do.  


Applications will be considered upon receipt.  Interviews will be organised as and when applications are received.  The School reserves the right to interview and appoint before the closing date.  Therefore, you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Reference and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Health Declaration. 


Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

This vacancy is now closed