Salary: Lead Practitioner Range 6-10 (£55,988 to £60,998 per annum)

Working Pattern: Full Time 32.5 hours per week, All Year Round

Contract Type: Fixed Term for up to 1 year (Maternity Cover)

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills in an OUTSTANDING setting?

Do you want to work alongside a large team of Early Years professionals committed to best practice?

Our School and Children’s Centre

Ambler is a unique provision committed to achieving the very best outcomes for children from 6 months to eleven years. The Children’s Centre make up 50% of the Ambler team meaning there is a wealth of early years experience and expertise but with all the benefits of being part of a larger school setting, the best of both worlds!

The school was recognised as Outstanding in 2016, and in January 2020 the Children’s Centre was too! Our motto is ‘Achieving More’, we are always looking towards what’s next, and so we know the value of investing in staff training. Our recent Ofsted report states that “staff benefit from extremely high-quality and focused training”.

Our Children’s Centre benefits from incredible learning spaces; a purpose-built centre, an enchanting forest area, a brand new outdoor space for Nursery and Reception and many more projects to come!

The Role

Our new Children’s Centre Lead will have the opportunity to:

    • Be an integral part of the whole school and children’s centre leadership team
    • Drive the strategic direction of the Children’s Centre as it continue to go from strength to strength
    • Make a lasting impact on the quality of teaching and learning at Ambler
    • Lead a large and dynamic team of Early Years professionals.

The Ideal Person

They Will Have

The successful candidate will make their mark through this opportunity to develop the Children’s Centre with inspiring leadership and new initiatives.

    • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with significant teaching experience
    • Commitment to driving best practice in Early Years education
    • Sound understanding of child development and outstanding provision for under 3’s
    • Proven history of excellent leadership within Early Years education.

Take a look at our person specification for more details.

Why Work For Us?

    • A dynamic leadership team providing excellent services for our community
    • A warm, positive and fun working environment where everyone is valued
    • Great transport links
    • Inspiring learning spaces and facilities
    • An emphasis on CPD and staff wellbeing.

Due to current restrictions we are currently unable to host visits to our Centre but please take a look on our website and at our virtual tour to find out more about us. If you have any questions, get in touch!

Call 020 7226 4708 or email

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 6th December 2020

Shortlisting: Monday 7th December 2020

Interviews: w/c 14th December 2020

Please apply online at

If you need any assistance, please email Islington Schools’ HR at AMB/681.

Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check will be required. Also, if this post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to declare.

Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.