Apprenticeship in Childcare Nature's Nursery

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience. This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a week.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £140.00

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    40 hours, Monday-Friday, between 8am-6pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001200689

  • Positions

    1 available

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience.

This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a week to gain your apprenticeship qualification.

Activities include:

  • Maintain accurate and effective children’s records.
  • Respond appropriately to issues requiring confidentiality.
  • Support, promote and implement policies relating to diversity and equality.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Work with the team to ensure the smooth running of the nursery day.
  • Work in partnership with parents.
  • Attend parent events and meetings as required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Previous experience in childcare is not a necessity but can help.
  • A genuine interest in wanting to care for children is essential.
  • The candidates will be expected to maintain accurate and effective children’s records.
  • Respond appropriately to issues requiring confidentiality.
  • Support, promote and implement policies relating to diversity and equality.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Work with the team to ensure the smooth running of the nursery day.
  • Work in partnership with parents.
  • Attend parent events and meetings as required.

Personal qualities

  • Learners must be caring, professional and able to work well as a team.
  • Good time keeping, patience and enthusiasm are all positive qualities for nursery assistants.
  • Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy.
  • Enjoys being creative.
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm at all times.
  • An understanding of and respect for the diversity of families.
  • Appropriate level of maturity and personal confidence.
  • A willingness to reflect on their own practice.
  • The candidate can demonstrate an awareness of confidentiality requirements and basic understanding of child safeguarding.

Qualifications required

No qualifications are required for this apprenticeship. Functional Skills are covered as part of the apprenticeship.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Vacancies:

No Qualifications are required for this apprenticeship. Functional Skills including Maths, English and ICT are covered as part of the apprenticeship as is Paediatric First Aid. A clear DBS check may be required by the nursery.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Vacancies:

To undertake the Advanced Apprenticeship candidates will need to achieve or already have achieved a GCSE (or equivalent) grade A-C in Maths and English prior to completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship. ICT Functional Skills will be covered as part of the apprenticeship as is Paediatric First Aid. A clear DBS check may be required by the nursery.

Future prospects

Learners can use this qualification to go into various care roles. You can progress onto the advanced apprenticeship and work your way up in the nursery going into team leading and management roles. You could also use your experience to go into teaching, nursing, midwifery, play work and social work. There are many directions you can go with your apprenticeship should you wish.

Things to consider

Childcare is not about playing with babies all day. There will be a variety of activities to plan and deliver each day. You may have key children that you look after and will have to communicate with staff, children, managers and parents at the nursery. There will be a lot of cleaning to do and you may have to work long hours, although this will vary with each employer. It is hard work but it is very rewarding.

About the employer

This medium sized nursery is located in Sunninghill Ascot.

We at Nature's Nursery are committed to excellence in childcare, offering the highest standards of professionalism to our children. We provide a warm, safe, stimulating and caring environment where we can develop the children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills.

Our children have a fun-packed day at our nurseries covering a wide range of activities, designed to encourage confidence, independence and to build on their natural curiosity.

Outdoor play is a vital part of our philosophy in the education of our young charges. We believe in a healthy body and mind approach. We, at Nature's Nursery, are fortunate to have fantastic outdoor facilities which allow our young charges to play, learn and explore in safe, secure and inviting surroundings.

We now have children's nurseries covering Ascot, Egham, Middleton and Royton!

Employer

Nature's Nursery

Address

2 Crossways

London Road

Sunninghill

Ascot

SL5 0PL

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People's Workforce or Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce depending on previous experience and qualifications.
  • Intermediate apprentices will attend day release. Advanced can choose between day release, evening or Saturday classes.
  • Apprenticeships are made up of the Certificate or Diploma plus Functional Skills in Maths, English, and ICT and Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider

CHILTERN TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Chiltern Training Ltd

Contact

Admissions Team 0118 9566995


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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017