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The Windmill Preschool

Bolford Street Hall, Thaxted, CM6 2PY

"The quality of teaching is very good ... Children clearly enjoy learning through play, eagerly choosing what they wish to do from the varied range of resources offered."

OFSTED, 2014

01371 831457 (session times only)



Welcome to the Windmill Preschool in Thaxted.


We are a popular and friendly charity-run preschool caring for children from the age of approximately 2½ until they move on to primary school.


Our session times are currently 9am - 12 noon Monday to Thursday, with lunch time sessions until 2.00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - these lunch time sessions are for children over 3 years old.  Friday is 9am to 2pm and is only offered to children preparing for the next primary school intake - "rising 5's".


We pride ourselves on our high staff-child ratios. We typically have 16 children and four members of staff each morning.


Our aim is to provide the children in our care with a safe, secure, warm and happy environment in which they can enjoy a wide variety of play experiences.


We are committed to making preschool fun, where “play” is the key word in helping the children to develop their skills and knowledge at their own pace without feeling under any pressure.


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We have an exciting opportunity to join our lovely Pre-school in the heart of Thaxted. The candidate will hold an appropriate Level 3 qualification in Childcare and have an up to date knowledge of the EYFS requirements.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, caring, energetic and have excellent communication abilities, together with appropriate IT skills.

The Pre-school is a pack away setting. This is a part-time, term-time position, with a view to starting from February 19th 2018, initially for three sessions per week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 8.30am to 2.45pm.  Hours and days may vary each term, so flexibility is important. Pay will be dependent on experience and qualifications but up to £8.39 per hour.

An enhanced DBS check will be required, together with other relevant background checks. Appointments are subject to satisfactory references and a 3 month probation period.  The Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.


The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th January 2018.  


For more information contact Karen Blaney, Pre-school Manager, 0777 3066495, or email  


Download Job Description here


Download Application Form here


***Whilst at this time the Pre-school is looking for an Assistant, we will be looking to recruit a new Manager from September 2018, and would be interested to hear from any suitably qualified Practitioners who might be interested in this role.  You may wish to start as Assistant in February with a view to progressing to Manager in September.***




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