Apprentice Nursery Assistant First Steps First Pre-School

To create a warm and welcoming environment, an ability to use own initiative and share ideas and information, genuine enthusiasm for working with children and meeting their needs, the ability to work within a team, maintaining positive relationships and teamwork.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To be trained in the role of a key worker.
  • To contribute in providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in the nursery.
  • To contribute to a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in conjunction with other staff.
  • To be flexible within working practices of the setting to be prepared to help where needed, including undertaking certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc. and to work together as a team supporting each other.
  • After your settling in period and successful observations as determined by your mentor, you will be required support the staff team by completing observations and begin to link these to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
  • Work within the margins of confidentially respecting information pertaining to children parents and staff.
  • Be professional, polite and positive in all verbal and non verbal interactions with staff, parents and children at all times.
  • Be supportive and diplomatic in your approach towards parents and children.
  • To attend staff meetings outside of working hours.
  • To keep an accurate timetable.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Genuine enthusiasm for working with children and meeting their needs

The ability to work within a team, maintaining positive relationships and teamwork

Good command of English to level grade C and maths GCSE required

This job requires a DBS check

Personal qualities

Genuine enthusiasm for working with children and meeting their needs

Responsible and good time keeping

Qualifications required

NVQ 2 or prepared to complete an NVQ2 

Future prospects

To become a participating member of staff in a private small and caring preschool nursery

About the employer

First Steps First is a private Preschool Nursery, we are opened during term time from 8:30am till 4:15pm and we are looking for someone to cover the morning shifts, with view depending on hour availability to expanding to afternoon shifts during term time. You will have the opportunity to work closely a part of a small team and the management who will be at hand to support and mentor your learning and training while doing the course. We will give you plenty of opportunities to put into practice your areas of learning and have the opportunity to experience what is like to work in an early years practice.


First Steps First Pre-School


4 Mill Road



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Training provider

The Childcare Company provides online training in Childcare, Playwork, Supporting Teaching and Learning, and Business and Administration.

Our online teaching and learning platform, the Laser, provides all your learning materials, and e-portfolio and also acts as a communication system between you and your assessor. The Laser is user-friendly, easy to navigate and has won awards for its innovation. It means learners no longer need to take time out to go to college but can get an even better learning experience by combining the best of online learning with workplace experience.

The Laser provides learning resources in the forms of filmed tutorials, PowerPoint presentations, multi-media challenges, activities, good practice example videos and reading.

You will be assigned to an assessor for the duration of your course. Your assessor will guide you, set your work, mark all your work and help you with anything you need.

As part of your training you will cover Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) unit, Technical Certificate, and Functional Skills in Maths, English, and ICT.

You will be working towards a Level 2 in Children and Young People's Workforce.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Childcare Company


Claudia Worthington 01753 596004

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2017