Advanced Nursery Practitioner Apprentice Pips Nursery

The successful candidates needs to be enthusiastic, enjoy working with very young children and able to work well within a team as well as on their own. PIPS Nursery is a Nursery on a working farm that provides a safe, loving and home like environment for children, parents and staff alike.

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Closing date: 14 Nov 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 9-6pm, Tuesday 9-3pm, Thursday 9-6pm, Friday 9-3pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Formulate and operate a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children attending the Nursery in conjunction with the Owner and Manager.
  • Prepare your key children's records and institute reviews for parents, in conjunction with the Owner and Manager.
  • Assist with the weekly planning of children’s activities and prepare your own planning when required.
  • Ensuring that each child is cared for to the highest possible standard with regard to their unique personalities.
  • Work alongside parents of special needs children and give physical, emotional, intellectual guidance as appropriate.
  • Foresee the needs of special needs children and give physical, emotional, intellectual guidance as appropriate and liaise with the settings SENCO.
  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team.
  • Liaise with and support parents and other family members.
  • Attend staff meetings within working hours, rarely outside of hours.
  • Undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, for example, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment.
  • To attend out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, parent's afternoons.
  • To be flexible within working practises within the setting be prepared to work where needed and undertaking certain domestic tasks, e.g snacks.
  • Recording accidents/incidents in the books provided.
  • Ensure child is collected by someone known to the setting.
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received.
  • To develop your role within the team.
  • Participate in the training programme of a wide variety of students (i.e, placements and volunteers) by giving guidance and support.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the project is fulfilled.
  • Willingness to undertake additional training where necessary.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic computer skills
  • Organised
  • Good team player
  • Good Initiative

Personal qualities

  • Good attitude to work
  • Willing to learn
  • Happy to take constructive criticism
  • Trustworthy

Qualifications required

GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths, at grade C or above.

Future prospects

Work towards a management position.

About the employer

The employer is the owner of the business and will oversee the running of the nursery and staff, as well as to work along side staff members, making up the ratio of staff to children. We are a small organisation and work with four or five other members of staff with a total of twelve children of varying ages from 3 months to 3 years. We work in a very rural setting, on a farm, on domestic premises, which gives the children a home from home first nursery experience.


Pips Nursery


Strethall Farm Cottage


Saffron Walden

CB11 4XJ

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Training provider

You will be working towards an advanced apprenticeship in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.

This will include:

  • Level 3 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths, and ICT (if required)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College


Camilla Goding

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Closing date: 14 Nov 2017