‘Must be able to impersonate an astronaut and dance in the the rain’: This adorable job advert for a nursery assistant is certain to melt your heart

By Chris Gee

An adorable job advert for a nursery worker seeking a person to ‘impersonate an astronaut’, ‘read upside down’ and ‘dance in the rain’ has melted hearts.

Moorlands Day Nursery, Chorley New Road, Horwich is seeking an early years worker for their pre-school and deputy manager Megan Bell decided to adopt a quirky style of recruitment, sharing the versatility needed for the role and the joys that come with it.

Directing applicants to a link for the job, she posted on Facebook: “We are looking for a passionate Level 3 early years practitioner to join our family at Moorlands Day Nursery.

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“Ideally you should be able to read stories upside down, with at least 10 interruptions per page.

“You will preferably have a little quirkiness – if a child requests that you be an astronaut navigating a rocket ship full of dinosaurs through outer space, you will be the best astronaut you can be.

“You must not be afraid to dance in the rain, make mud pies and build sandcastles in the snow. Possessing the skills required to rapidly count the heads of numerous moving small people is of the utmost importance.

“Nose-wiping skills are desired.

“Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special and important to many young children and their families.

“There is no better feeling than watching that tiny six-month old baby grow in to a well-educated pre-schooler preparing for big school.”

After the post was shared on a local noticeboard, those commenting were quick to praise the sentiments behind the advert.

Janet Fielding, said: “Fab advert. As a former reception class teacher I can feel the love and passion jumping out of this.”

Jill Hirst, added: “Lovely, honest and inspiring advert. Hope you get the perfect person.”

Megan, 24, said that the responses to her quirky ad had ‘put a smile on my face’.

She said: “Child care is quite an underfunded sector but we wanted to remind people of the many positives of the job.

“It’s such a rewarding career to be in.

“It’s lovely people saying it is such a heart-warming advert but it’s our day to day reality.

“It’s a terrific and constantly varying job.”

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