We recognise the immense benefits that volunteers bring to the Nursery. In return, we hope to give volunteers an opportunity to exercise their skills in a different environment and to undertake new experiences.

A volunteer is not an employee and will not have a contract of employment with the Nursery. We will however insist that the volunteer follows all Nursery Procedures in the same manner as a paid employee to ensure consistency and quality of care and early learning for the children.

All volunteers will have suitability checks conducted in the same way as paid employees. This will include an enhanced DBS check. These checks will be conducted before any volunteer starts their time within the Nursery and this will also include two written references.

We will provide any training and support required for the role, including Child Safeguarding and Protection and Health and Safety training. The purpose of this is to enable the volunteer to get the most out of their decision to volunteer and enhance their performance in their voluntary role within our team.

 Volunteers are expected to comply with all the Nursery’s policies and procedures. The induction process will include an explanation of this.

 Volunteers are likely to become aware of confidential information within the Nursery either about the children, its staff and parents. Volunteers should not disclose this information and should follow the Nursery confidentiality procedure at all times.

A volunteer should have history of working/ work experiance within a childcare practice, and also hold an qualification in childcare. 



We are happy to work with Schools and Colleges, the Pre-School and Nursery are able to offer placements  subject to availability. Students will be mentored by a member of staff and will be subject to the same supervision and contractual obligations as volunteers. If you wish to apply for a placement here then please 





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Downside Children's Pre-School 01582 592021

Chaul End Nursery 01582 557148

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