Childcare Apprentice (Exeter) Puffins Of Exeter

Puffins are looking for Apprentices to assist in their childcare centres. Successful candidates will be motivated and enthusiastic learners.

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Closing date: 29 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

    30 hours over a four day week.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Aug 2017

  • Date posted

    13 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    25 available

Puffins of Exeter are looking to recruit Apprentices to work four days per week. Three of these days will be spent in one of our childcare centres and the remaining day will be spent at our training centre.

Apprentices will assist with the care and education of the children and help maintain a suitable environment.

The Apprentice role will consist of:

  • Supporting the room leader in ensuring the required standards, ratios and conditions of registration are maintained at all times. 
  • Supporting staff in providing activities and care which are developmentally appropriate and in which children from a range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds are able to develop and grow, in particular those with special educational needs and English as an additional language.
  • Being aware of child protection issues and following safeguarding children procedures.
  • Assisting children with personal care, including help with toileting, feeding and food service and other similar duties.
  • Ensuring the environment is welcoming, comfortable, well-organised and uncluttered.
  • Working as part of a team ensuring on-going cleanliness of the setting.
  • Welcoming visitors to the setting to ensure sharing best practice.
  • Apprentices will be embarking on a child care qualification which is skill and theory based as well as functional skills, first aid, food safety and other qualifications. 



Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Successful candidates will have an interest in child development.
  • Candidates should also have a passion for learning and development.

Personal qualities

  • Successful candidates will be self motivated and able to use their initiative. 

Qualifications required

  • No formal qualifications required.
  • Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent) would be an advantage.

Future prospects

There are good opportunities to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship programme.

Things to consider

Working in the childcare sector is a rewarding career, however it is very hard work. No two days are ever the same! There are 25 vacancies across 5 locations in Exeter. There is the chance to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship with Puffins, however there are not enough places for everybody to do so. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Puffins of Exeter has 6 childcare centres providing children from 3 months to 5 years with care and education.


Puffins Of Exeter


13 Mont Le Grand



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Training provider

All training will be provided through the Apprenticeship programme.

We offer a full training programme over the 366 day period of the Apprenticeship. During induction, the learner would have a full introduction to the values and principles of the early years sector. During this time also, the learner would achieve an Employment Rights and Responsibilities qualification.

In the first six months of the programme, learners would receive training in the following areas:

  • Manual Handling
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Healthy Living
  • Keeping Yourself Safe
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • CWDC Induction to the Early Years
  • Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT - if required

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Puffins Training Limited


Naomi Rosser

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Closing date: 29 Aug 2017