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EYFS Practitioner Interview Pack

EYFS Practitioner Interview Pack

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Looking to recruit a new EYFS practitioner, such as a pre-school assistant, nursery assistant or an EYFS teaching assistant? If you’re considering what questions to ask at interview to recruit the right person for your school or what tasks you can set to allow the candidate to show their skills and understanding about the early years, this EYFS practitioner Interview Pack can support you to plan an interview day. 
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What's included in this bundle?

A pack with accompanying templates to help your school setting plan and prepare the interview day, including interview questions and tasks, when recruiting an early years practitioner. This pack contains guidance that allows you to consider the setup of the interview day itself, but if you're new to recruitment or want to ensure the entire recruitment process is smooth, you may find it help to purchase the Recruitment, Interview and Employment Compliance Guidance Pack alongside this interview pack.

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • Concise 8-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • 5 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. EYFS Practitioner Job Role Description
  2. EYFS Practitioner Person Specification
  3. EYFS Practitioner Interview Questions
  4. Interview Task - Scenario
  5. Interview Task - Read a Story

Included in this EYFS practitioner interview pack are two different editable interview tasks plus a wide variety of example interview questions and answers so you can find a brilliant pre-school worker, EYFS teaching assistant or nursery nurse for your school. The job description and person specification for will also support you in advertising for a new early years foundation stage practitioner so you attract the right candidates. Use these, alongside the interview tasks and EYFS practitioner interview questions to create a recruitment package that's tailored to exactly what your school is looking for in a new member of support staff who works in the EYFS.

While the pack is tailored towards appointing a new EYFS practitioner, it can be used to support the recruitment process for any EYFS support roles, including nursery assistant, pre-school assistant, early years LSA, nursery nurse, pre-school teaching assistant or any similar role where the candidate will be supporting the teaching, learning and development of children aged 0-5.

Who will find this resource useful?

Nursery managers, EYFS leaders, pre-school leaders or anyone with responsibility for running and EYFS setting will find this time-saving pack useful. For EYFS settings within primary schools, headteachers, senior leaders, members of the governing body and trustees who lead recruitment processes will also find this pack useful. 

This pack is also helpful for aspiring EYFS practitioners wishing to develop their understanding of the interview process, or for those working within the EYFS who are looking for a new role.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Planning and leading an effective recruitment process ensures you've put your school in the best position possible to recruit a new EYFS practitioner who's going to support children in the early years to thrive. Using carefully selected interview questions and tasks will help to ensure this is a positive experience for both those on the panel and those applying for the role, meaning your new EYFS practitioner has the best possible start in your setting. 

Key questions answered:

  • How could an interview day for a EYFS practitioner be structured?
  • What interview tasks could be used when recruiting a new pre-school assistant?
  • What interview questions could a new nursery assistant be asked during the interview process?
  • Where can I access more support on the recruitment and post-recruitment process?

What else can help me?

If you're looking for support with the recruitment or staff induction processes, we've got multiple packs available to help you. Best of all, you can get 20% off each item if you buy 3 or more resources about recruitment and induction, so why not see what's available?

If you're new to the recruitment process or are looking to build your understanding of how to tackle recruitment through each stage of the process, including advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, pre-employment and employment compliance, then you'll find the following pack useful.

If you're looking to recruit for multiple school roles, you may find the following packs supportive to help you plan interview days for those roles too:

To support your new staff member with induction into your setting, why not have a look at the following help guidance pack:

To provide meaningful professional development from the beginning of your new staff member's employment, skills audits are a valuable way to amplify the induction process, identify CPD opportunities and support the appraisal process.