Apprenticeship in Childcare. Yellow Brick House

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: 14 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

    Shifts may be 30-40 hrs Mon-Fri between 8am-6pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    18 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001231243

  • 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 including Maths, English and ICT are covered as part of the apprenticeship as is Paediatric first aid. A clear CRB 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 is part of the Yellow Brick Chain in Berkshire. The nursery in Woosehill opened in 1989. The building is owned by Wokingham Borough Council and offers parking facilities and excellent out door play areas.

The new baby and toddler annexe will open in January 2014 for children aged from 3 months.

Employer

Yellow Brick House

Address

7 Ruskin Way

Wokingham

RG41 3BP

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Training provider

Level 2 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 9566 995


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Closing date: 14 Sep 2017