Important Update

Early Years Assistant required for September 2017 to work within the Pre-School.  15 hours per week (additional overtime available), 39 weeks per year.  £7.65 per hour.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic level 3 qualified Early Years Assistant to work within our small, well established and committed staff team.

The successful applicant must have a sound knowledge of the EYFS and a good understanding of safeguarding children.  The role includes key person responsibilities, therefore experience of working with children in an early years setting is essential and a good level of English speaking and writing skills is desirable to complete children’s profiles and assessments.  As a pack away setting staff are required to set up and pack away play equipment and furniture on a daily basis.

We are committed to the Safeguarding of children therefore a DBS check will be required.

For an application form please email or phone 07863771636

Closing date 03/07/2017


South Darley Pre-School Playgroup is a small, secure and friendly setting offering a home from home environment. The staff work closely with children and their families to ease the transition from home to Pre-School. The Pre-School is a committee run registered charity and is Ofsted inspected.

All staff and the volunteer committee members are DBS checked. The members of staff are experienced and fully qualified to provide a professional, quality, inclusive childcare and early years education. Our aims are to develop and maintain close, effective relationships with children and their families, and to be inclusive and flexible to enable all children to reach their potential in a safe, enjoyable environment. We value the children's own ideas and interests and offer activities both inside and outdoors to support individual development and learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and have close links to South Darley, Winster and Darley Churchtown Primary Schools.

New Ofsted Report Published

All of us at South Darley Pre-school Playgroup celebrated a glowing report from Ofsted in 2014 when they rated the playgroup as good in all areas. The inspector reported that the children are confident, inquisitive and interested in exploring and learning because of the relaxed, warm atmosphere and the strong bonds between children and staff. She also commented on how good working relationships between staff and parents mean that children receive support tailored to their needs and how good management and leadership leads to continual improvement in the children’s learning experiences.

Vision Statement

Our Vision at South Darley Pre-school is to provide a safe, warm, happy and stimulating environment for young children to learn and develop to their full potential, to value all children as individuals, and to work closely with parents to ensure each child gets the best start to their education.

We aim to provide children with rich, varied and imaginative experiences to enable them to become sociable, confident young people and eager to learn ready for their next stage of education.

Free Places

Places available from 2 years old. Free places for 3 and 4 year olds and for eligible 2 year olds.

Last Updated: 14 June 2017