The Nursery

Muddy Boots Day Nursery is set in a specially converted family house and garden located in Trinity College’s beautiful grounds.  The nursery is currently open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm all year round apart from public holidays, the period between Christmas and New Year and for one week at the end of the summer.  It is registered with Ofsted and can take at any one time up to 12 children in the 0 to 2 year age group and 16 in the 2-4 age group.

Our Nursery Manager, Miss Helen O’Neill, is assisted by a team of nursery nurses, volunteer helpers and, during Trinity College’s term-times, a rota of college parent helpers. The atmosphere of the nursery is remarkable for its sense of calm and care and for the unity of the staff team.

The nursery shares the distinctive Christian ethos of Trinity College and offers a unique vocational opportunity in a friendly family-centred environment to enthusiastic persons who want to support and promote the college’s aims and ethos.

The Appointment

Though staff work primarily with one age group, they should be flexible enough to work with the other age groups from time to time as needs require.  They should have or can develop good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and will be co-responsible for planning the unit curriculum.

Applicants should have NNEB, BTec (Nursery Nursing), NVQ Level 3 (Early Years Child Care and Education) or equivalent (including teaching, nursing and social work qualifications with experience of working with young children).

Flexibility, the ability to fit into an existing childcare philosophy and into a small team and a mature attitude and manner which inspire confidence in the parents are essential qualities.

The full working week is 37½ hours.  Currently staff tend to work 4 days with two half days off each week to compensate for the longer hours on the other days.

The Application Process

If you would like to apply for one of the posts we are advertising,  please complete and return the application form to the Executive Director by noon on Saturday 23rd September  We are happy to receive your application by email attachment or as a hard copy in the post. If you would like to speak to us about the nursery, please phone Jenna Jefferies on 0117 9684493.


Between £14,800 and £15,970 depending on qualifications and experience.


Trinity College, which occupies the site of a late seventeenth century mansion close to Durdham Down in Stoke Bishop, trains men and women for Christian ministry with many planning to be ordained in the Church of England and others going into lay ministry in a variety of denominational and non-church situations both in this country and overseas.  Many of our students are married and their families are always welcome to take as full a part as they are able in the life of the community here.  Muddy Boots Day Nursery offers child-care facilities for their children from 0-4 years.

The majority of children in the nursery, however, come from families outside Trinity College, some of whom share our Christian faith, though others have a different faith or none.


See the detailed job description



Position: Nursery Nurse


The nursery nurse will work as part of a small team and relate to both the under 2s and over 2s under the supervision of the unit leader and responsible to the Nursery Manager.


In conjunction with the nursery team, to plan and carry out an appropriate programme of child centred activities for children in the unit, providing for their care and educational needs in a loving atmosphere.

Main responsibilities

• To be responsible for a specific group of children by being their key worker, maintaining their developmental records and liaising with parents, staff and other professionals, as appropriate

• To provide a safe, secure, happy and stimulating child-centred environment, encouraging the children to reach their full potential

• To participate in team meetings in order to plan a variety of activities in accordance with the nursery curriculum and children’s development

• To attend staff meetings and parents’ evenings, often outside of nursery opening hours

• To value the children’s ideas and experiences, by including them when planning activities and by joining in their play

• To understand and be aware of the nursery’s Health and Safety Policy and to ensure the health and safety of all children in your care

• To assume responsibility for safety in the whole nursery both indoors and outdoors

• To monitor and maintain the good condition of toys and equipment

• To review continually the layout of all rooms, the appropriateness of displays and play material

• To understand and implement all of the nursery policies and procedures including the Child Protection Policy

• To assume responsibility for safety in the whole nursery both indoors and outdoors

• To be responsible for the maintenance of positive behaviour by your example and in accordance with the nursery’s Behaviour Policy

• To ensure high standards of basic care, encourage personal hygiene with the children and to be observant of their general health and welfare

• To ensure that the daily register and accident book are accurately maintained

• To remember the code of confidentiality by not divulging any information to anyone regarding children, parents and staff without the permission of those concerned

• To actively encourage parental involvement in your work and keeping parents fully informed about their child/children’s development and well being

• To support voluntary workers and students at all times

• To ensure good communication when dealing with parents and visitors in person or by phone

• To attend training and regular appraisals as part of your personal and professional development

• To undertake any other duties as required and, in the case of an emergency and unusual situations, to help with whatever duties are necessary within registration guidelines to ensure the effective operation of the nursery.

 Application Form for Nursery Staff (MS Word Version)
Application Form for Nursery Staff (PDF Version

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