At Childfirst our people are at the heart of what we do, therefore when it comes to recruitment, we want to ensure that we appoint the best person for the role, to deliver Outstanding care to our children.
To ensure that you feel prepared when you come to for an interview, we wanted to share some handy hints and tips with you, to help you ‘shine' on the day.
Don't forget to have a good look around this website before coming to see us, to find out more about our company as we want you to be sure that Childfirst is the right company for you, as much as you are for us!
Can I apply for a role with Childfirst, if I have applied before?
Yes of course, if you haven't been successful for a position in the past, it doesn't mean that you won't be this time.
We keep your CV on file, for a period of six months, following an application and we will contact you if any suitable vacancies arise too.
I don't have a lot of work experience yet; can I still apply for a role with Childfirst?
Definitely! We are looking for candidates with a passion for their role, regardless of the amount of previous experience that you have.
We offer lots of fantastic personal development opportunities and deliver excellent internal training sessions too, therefore there will be lots of opportunities to gain experience whilst you are with us.
What qualifications do I need to apply for a Qualified Nursery Practitioner position?
To be able to apply for a qualified position with Childfirst, you are required to have an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or equivalent. If you don't have an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, you are able to apply for any of our Unqualified Nursery Practitioner positions.
What will the format of the interview be?
We have lots of different approaches to interviews at Childfirst. There might initially be a telephone interview, to give the Management Team the opportunity to get to know you. It could be a 1-2-1 interview with a member of the Management Team. It could also be a group recruitment morning or afternoon, which you can find out more information out about below. What we really want to do is to get the best of out of you on the day and to get to know you and your skills and experience.
What should I wear to my interview?
An interview is your chance to impress, and first impressions do count, therefore we would ask that you dress smartly. If you are applying for a job in a nursery, you will also need to ensure your smart clothes are comfortable, as you may spend time in the rooms with the children as part of the interview process.
What do I need to bring along to my interview?
You will need to bring along the following information, which the Management Team will remind you of, when they invite you to interview:
One written reference (or full details for referee who can be contacted prior to employment being offered)
Two forms of identification and a recent utility bill with your name and address noted
Documents which give you the right to work in the UK e.g. passport or visa, National Insurance Number
Current Enhanced DBS (CRB), which is less than 12 months old (if you have this)
Proof of qualifications, if applicable for the role
In addition, you may also be asked to bring along other items, such as a planning example or an activity to carry out with the children. You will be advised prior to the interview if this is the case.
I've been asked to bring along a written reference, what format should this be in?
A written reference is a reference that is from a previous employer or a tutor at school/College if an employment reference is not applicable. We ask you to bring this to interview so that we can get an insight into how you are perceived by others.
If you are successful, you will then be asked to supply the names and addresses of two past employers who may be contacted for references. One of the referees should be your most recent employer, or in the case of school leavers, your Course tutor.
Will I be able to ask any questions at interview?
Absolutely, this is your opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to, to understand what it's like to work at Childfirst or within one of our settings.
We would love it if you prepared some questions to ask, before you came to the interview.
When will I find out if my application has been successful for a role at Childfirst?
We like to let candidates know if they have been successful for a role, or not, as soon as possible. Following your initial application, you will be sent an email to confirm if you have been shortlisted for an interview or not.
Once you have been for an interview, we will notify you as soon as possible regarding if you have been successful or not. However please be aware, that not all interviews may be taking place on the same day. You should be advised at interview, how long it will be before you know if you have been successful. If you have been unsuccessful this will usually be notified via email to you.