90% of your time will involve being interactive with the children providing high quality childcare in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. Provide learning opportunities which will be planned to meet individual children’s needs and promote the EYFS. 10% will be ensuring and maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 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

    40 hours per week over 5 days NOTE: 1hr unpaid lunch break. x1 day at Hertford Regional College to study academic learning section of Apprenticeship

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    15 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  1. To act as a role model and display a positive and professional image at all times to staff members, the children, their families, visitors and external agencies.
  2. To understand the boundaries of confidentiality, to follow all policies and procedures and practice professionally within them at all times.
  3. To have a recognised qualification and to implement the knowledge of the EYFS and child development.
  4. To consistently demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative and to be a role model, implementing the Bumpkins standards on appropriate behaviour. 
  5. Monitors progress as a keyworker and provide stimulating environments for children to flourish.
  6. Report to room leader if you are concerned in respect of any child’s welfare.
  7. To adhere to the Bumpkins dress code.

Planning and organisation

  1. Contribute to the plan for each week and plan next steps to suit individual children’s needs for your own key children, offering help and advice within the team.
  2. Keep up to date learning journeys for each child using daily observations.
  3. Ensure the room is laid out with a variety of toys and activities that look inviting to children and encourage them to engage. Repeat this throughout the day.
  4. Contribute to the evaluation of how the room as a whole is operating and help action plan for areas that need improving.

Team work

  1. Contribute to planning and carrying out activities in the room.
  2. Work alongside the room leader following the guidelines for the EYFS.
  3. Contribute to regular team meetings to discuss children’s progress and resolve any issues that may occur in the room.
  4. To do whatever it takes to support all key children to enjoy a positive experience at Bumpkins, including during transition times.

Oral Communication

  1. To communicate appropriately with parents telling them factual information about their child’s day.
  2. Regularly liaise with parents sharing information about child’s Learning Journey and the next steps in which they are working towards.
  3. Share information with colleagues and the management team that you have received regarding children in your care.
  4. Use consistent, positive and appropriate language towards children, staff and parents.

Written Communication

  1. To record daily observations about a child’s progress which provide the basis of planning and learning journeys using the tracking system.
  2. Write daily diaries on children within the nursery tailored to the individual.
  3. Ensure accident, incident and medication forms and reports, are correctly completed and signed by the parents.

Knowledge and experience

  1. Keep up to date with Nursery policies and procedures.
  2. Engage in regular training and staff meetings to extend knowledge and understanding in childcare and education.
  3. To attend events as listed on the Bumpkins social calendar.
  4. Gain from other staff member’s knowledge and experience.

Health and Safety

  1. To be aware of emergency and evacuation procedure and fire alarm boxes, fuse boxes etc.
  2. To comply with all health and safety procedures at Bumpkins Ltd
  3. To report any health and safety issues to your room leader.
  4. To ensure your knowledge is kept up to date regarding procedures.
  5. Be constantly alert to practical hazards e.g. how toys are stored.
  6. To follow cleaning routines to ensure cleanliness and tidiness of the room and environment is maintained to the Bumpkins standards to ensure a safe environment where there is no cross infection.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  1. Previous experience working in childcare settings.
  2. Level 2 childcare qualification
  3. Willingness to learn and follow instructions and advice.
  4. Commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families
  5. Practice equal opportunities, (to treat everyone the same).

Personal qualities

  1. A friendly, flexible nature.
  2. Good communication skills

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs grade C and above including English and maths or equivalent

Due to location a car drive would be preferable or the ability to travel to the location with ease

Future prospects

Salary increase once level 3 qualified

Things to consider

Work will be outside as well as inside All applications are subject to a successful pre selection interview day at Hertford Regional College. Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to18 year olds is a priority and fully funded by government. Training for apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded by employers and they are expected to make part or full contribution.

About the employer

Bumpkins Day Nursery provides quality day-care for children aged three months to five years. We pride ourselves on offering a highly supportive, well managed nursery, where your child’s happiness is our priority. Our main nursery site is based on a working arable farm in Whaddon, just off the A1198 near Royston. Our pre-school is just up the road, a very pleasant stroll up the road and across the village green. Our rooms are bright and happy places to be, filled with toys and fun activities.




2 Bridge Street




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Training provider

Advanced Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Early Learning and Childcare

In addition all Apprenticeships include:

  • Induction and Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills (as required)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are mapped and embedded (Creative Thinking, Independent Enquiry, Reflective Learning, Team Working, Key Management, Effective Participation)
  • Guided Learning on and off the job through training, set tasks or independent study
  • Coaching and mentoring in the workplace
  • Achievement Records of all Training and Development activity

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Hertford Regional College


Sharon Ryan 01992 411375

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017