Lunchtime Assistant

Location East Sussex
Discipline: Education
Job type: Permanent Term Time Only
Salary: £10.50 per hour starting salary
Job ref: 001843
Published: 13 days ago

We are currently recruiting for Lunchtime Assistants to join our Ofsted outstanding school.  The Lunchtime Assistant role is vital in helping make a positive difference to children with complex physical disabilities and health needs by assisting with their lunch, personal care and providing stimulating opportunities through a variety of activities. It is hard work, and requires commitment, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.


The role of a Lunchtime Assistant (LTA) 

At Chailey Heritage the lunchtime assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school.  You will need to be creative, flexible, hardworking, committed, patient, and very observant.  You will be trained by nurses and senior staff to carry out many procedures, including eating and drinking, personal care, manual handling, gastrostomies and administering medication.


To support you with this, you will receive a first-class induction and ongoing training from qualified professionals, and you will not be expected to carry any procedures out alone until you have been signed-off as competent. You will be assigned a ‘buddy’ to mentor you and make sure that you are confident in your new role, and you will have a co-ordinator who will set targets for you and support you. There is a team of nurses available to support and advise staff and manage emergencies and if necessary call the on-site Doctor.


Why join us? 

  • Competitive rates of pay starting at £10.50 per hour
  • Pension scheme
  • Comprehensive benefits package (please click here for further details)
  • Hours of work are 13.75 hours per week (11.30am - 2.15pm), Monday to Friday, term time only 
  • Bank Roles- once trained, Lunchtime Assistants can also register as bank staff to work on our residential bungalows out of school hours, at weekends and in the holidays, as well as at our holiday clubs, which can enhance your basic pay

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are now offering a ‘Golden Hello’ of £600 for newly appointed employees for roles that involve working directly with the young people at school, in our residential bungalows or in the community. The £600 will be paid in three payments over twelve months, provided the eligibility criteria is met. 

  • 1st payment £200 – in first payroll after joining 
  • 2nd payment £200 – after 6 months on satisfactory completion of probation 
  • 3rd payment £200 – after 12 months employment  

All payments are subject to satisfactory performance.  And all subject to PAYE.


Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance. It is an offence to apply for any job in regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults if you are barred from doing so.


We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills, and stories to join our staff team and influence and develop our working practice. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and will invite for interview all candidates who meet the role criteria. Chailey Heritage Foundation are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.


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