Housekeeper and Lunchtime Assistant Advert

£14,820 yearly
  • Willow Cottage Nurseries Ltd
  • Eynsham, Witney OX29, UK
  • 18 Apr, 2024
Part time

Job Description

Housekeeper and Nursery Assistant (may include lunchtime cover)

Willow Cottage Nurseries are seeking a person to assist in keeping our nurseries clean and operating effectively, as well as providing additional cover for our nursery teams looking after the children during busy periods.

Hours – 25 over 5 days
7.00am - 12.00pm (alternative hours may be available for the right candidate)

Start Date – Open until filled

Locations - There are currently openings at the following locations
- Farmoor OX2 9NT
- Bletchingdon OX5 3DH

Qualification – Familiarity with COSHH regulations is desirable.

Experience – A successful candidate will probably have had experience working as a housekeeper and be comfortable and confident looking after children aged 0-5.

House Keeper and Nursery Assistant - £11.40/hour + Benefits

Requires - See Safeguarding below

Responsible to – Team Leaders, Setting Management

Flexible working arrangement

We are looking for someone who can work 5 days a week either 9am to 2pm or 11.30 to 4.30pm. However, this is a flexible role and we may be able to accommodate other working patterns or longer hours. Unfortunately, this is not a term-time only position.

Housekeeper role

Our nurseries are spacious and full of activity and our housekeepers are key to keeping them running smoothly and efficiently. As a housekeeper your role will include the following activities –

  • Regularly cleaning surfaces and touch points to maintain good hygiene
  • Deep cleaning toys, resources and storage areas
  • Ensuring good H&S practice by storing and using materials safely.
  • Working with the staff team to a plan cleaning routine around keeping the children safe.

Nursery Assistant role (may include lunchtime Cover)

Our lunchtime and Nursery assistants support our teams by helping look after the children when staff need to leave the room. This includes cover during the lunchtime period and also events, such as planning meetings, or covering absences.

As a lunchtime assistant your role will include –

  • Supervising and engaging with the children for various periods duing the nursery day, including throughout the lunchtime period.
  • Supporting with the serving of the food, complying with dietary requirements and food hygiene standards.
  • Supporting with the setting up, clearing up and cleaning up for the meal
  • Additionally helping out around snack times when on duty

Training and other information

Training will be provided where necessary alongside our established mentoring programme.

You will need your own transport as there are no public transport services to this address and Lower Road does not have a footpath. There is ample parking on site.

Please be aware that this can be a physically demanding role.

We expect high levels of professionalism from our staff.

Good levels of interpersonal communication are necessary when working with other staff to plan cleaning routines around the children and the arrangements for the day.


Willow Cottage is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and must undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and DBS and barred lists checks.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer. Please see our web site for further information.



Competitive and regularly review salary
Flexible working arrangements
Bonus annual leave for reliable attendance
Bonus annual leave for long service
Bonus annual leave for Christmas Shopping
Scheme to purchase additional Annual Leave
We support both inhouse and external training
We promote and support many internal career opportunities
We are a family business promoting caring, supportive environment and culture
Refer a friend scheme

Overtime rates
There is ample free parking on our site
Our staff are able to join the NEST pension scheme
Beautiful countryside setting

For more information about working for Willow Cottage please see our vacancies page

Nursery Name

Willow Cottage Nurseries