Wanted: someone who can 'eat' Playdough, turn into a pirate on demand and has a warm, smiling face.
That’s the request of youngsters at five Salford nurseries who have helped write job descriptions for new staff.
Salford City Council is recruiting for permanent and temporary posts at its five top class nurseries and staff decided to ask children what they would like to see in a new recruit.
“Top of the list was someone who can eat Playdough – well, convincingly enough that a two year-old will believe you like their ‘cooking’,” said Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry.
“That was quickly followed by be a pirate, laugh at my jokes, read a story and do all the voices, have lots of fun and laugh a lot.
“The job description also includes being able to make every child feel special and encourage their development, being a good team player who can cope with no two hours in the day being the same and being prepared to feel loved, special and important to many young children and their families.”
In return for such adaptability new recruits can expect a starting salary of £19,698 for a 36 hour week with both full and part time roles available as well as training and access to professional development.
Anyone interested in applying will need a relevant early years qualification at a minimum Level 2, will need to be available to work shifts between 8am and 6pm and work across all five nurseries in Eccles, Winton, Pendleton, Higher Broughton and Little Hulton.
The nurseries care for and educate children from nought to five years old and are open 51 weeks a year. They have indoor and outdoor play areas and Barton Moss has its own Forest School where children learn through enjoying nature.