Currently recruiting for:  Montessori Trained Childminder Assistant

Start date: March/April 2018

Sounique Child is a home based, Ofsted rated Outstanding, Childminding service.  This requires that children are taken to/from planned activities, parks, children centres, schools/nurseries, 1 O’Clock clubs and other outings and trips on a daily basis. 

This role is responsible for caring for and planning, observing, recording and teaching the children at the setting.  This is a VERY demanding role due to the high expectation from the lead childminder to deliver outstanding care and learning opportunities to children.  This requires a person who is dynamic and able to multi task and complete tasks quickly.

The setting also uses a secure online system, Baby's Days, to record all aspect of the children's day and development including, but not limited to, register, daily diaries, medical incidents/accidents, progress, planning and next steps. The candidate must ensure they have excellent IT skills to enable them to learn and enter data into the system very quickly.  The system has a vast number of training videos to support understanding the functioning of the system and the Lead Childminder can provide support.

Due to the small size it may be necessary to assist with many aspects of managing the setting and completing tasks outside of the defined role. 

Main Purpose of the job: 

You must have at least 3 years experience or newly qualified with some prior early years experience with at least a full and relevant level 3 course or higher. The hours are 8am until 6pm all year. You will be employed for 48 weeks a year. With ages 1 to 4 years. 
You must have a warm, smiling face that makes every child feel special and loved.
You must be able to laugh at jokes that you don’t understand, or you don’t find funny. Child humour can be a confusing minefield to navigate.
You will preferably have a little bit of quirkiness. If a child requests that you be a princess, you will be the best fairytale princess you can be.
You must feel comfortable telling everybody in the same room as you, that you are going to use the bathroom.
The ability to sing in tune is not necessary, however the ability to sing out of tune in front of a crowd is essential.
Some knowledge of trains, transportation vehicles, Frozen, Minions, Spiderman, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol would be advantageous.
A high level of multitasking is essential. If something would normally take 5 minutes to achieve, you must be comfortable with it taking 15 minutes or longer.
You must be able to distribute warm hugs as required.
Possessing the skills required to rapidly count the heads of moving small people is of utmost importance.
Must be comfortable entering public places on the way home from work with unknown substances on your clothing.
You must have a high level of comfort around talking about bodily functions. You must also have a strong sense of smell to enable you to respond swiftly to said bodily functions.
You preferably do not have an aversion to an environment that at times resembles the aftermath of a tornado.
You must be able to remain focused in environments with high noise levels.
Pretending to eat playdough creations realistically is required, this is a skill that may develop with time and experience.
The ability to remember the names of many children, their parents, siblings, grandparents, pets and special soft toys is a key component of this job. Again, this is something that will develop over time.
You must feel comfortable sitting on furniture that does not contain all of your behind.
A high level of comfort with being asked personal questions by children is essential. You will regularly be asked questions regarding what you are having for lunch, whether you are willing to share said lunch, whether or not you are married, and if not, why you are not married, where you are going (as you walk into the toilet), and what you did in there (the toilet).
You must have an understanding that the small people you have a strong relationship with during the week, may completely and utterly refuse to talk to or acknowledge you when they see you at the local store. Your feelings must not be easily hurt.
You must have the ability to read a ten page story with at least ten interruptions per page.
Authentically showing an interest in and curiosity for bugs and creepy crawlies is essential, even if they are your biggest fear on earth.
You must be prepared to have a lot of fun in the workplace. Laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working day.
Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special, and important to many young children and their families. There is simply no other job quite like this one.

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