Childcare Assistant Apprentice THE HOMESTEAD CHILDCARE LTD

An exciting opportunity to begin your career with Parenta Training, working in an early years setting. Become an apprentice in one of our fun and friendly nurseries working with children aged from birth to five years gaining experience while you learn.

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    7 - 6:30 ( shift work)

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Dec 2017

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Parenta have many opportunities available, and offer you the chance to ‘Earn as you Learn’ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. The best part? There are no classes to attend!

We are currently hiring candidates to work in a nursery setting.

The moment your journey begins as an apprentice:

  • You become an employed member of staff
  • You will be paid an hourly rate
  • You will work towards gaining a full qualification – without having to attend classroom based lessons. The apprenticeship will last a minimum of 12 months. You will be working towards a Level 2 or 3 diploma in Childcare.  

Throughout your role you are not alone. Parenta offer you full training, support, guidance and are here to help you progress your career. You even have a personal assessor/tutor assigned to you from the moment you start your journey as a modern apprentice.

Your role will include:

  • Working with children between the ages of 0-5 years, organising activities, being pro-active with the help and care carried out within the early years teaching sector.
  • Assisting and meeting the personal/emotional needs of individual children – Changing nappies, feeding, caring and establishing a relationship with children.
  • Work (under supervision) providing all aspects of care/support to children, ensuring they take part with day- to- day learning and play activities.
  • Ensure that the setting is safe, clean and well presented.
  • Collaborate with colleagues ensuring the highest standards of work are carried out and are provided throughout your role in a positive manner.
  • To contribute to a high quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities.
  • Attend team meetings and contribute relevant ideas.
  • Be able to understand and implement the setting’s confidentiality policy.
  • Contribute towards an effective and supportive team environment.

Throughout this role, you will gain extensive knowledge and experience within the working environment which will set you up for a great career upon completion. This will hopefully lead to permanent employment within the early learning year’s sector or even continue to the next level, undertaking further training.

Ideally you will:

  • Be passionate about caring for children
  • Have an outgoing, bubbly, motivated attitude
  • Be a committed, punctual and reliable individual

The rate for apprentices (or if aged 19, for their first year only) is £3.50 from the 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour. Most receive more; a median basic hourly pay rate of £6.31 for Level 2 and 3, and £9.68 for Level 4 and 5 Higher Apprentices

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will need good communication skills and be comfortable with creative thinking.
  • It is helpful if you are confident with children, calm and organised


Personal qualities

Friendly and Outgoing with a willingness to learn

Qualifications required

No GCSE Minimum requirement.

Future prospects

When you have successfully completed your Apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to continue with an exciting career in childcare! Initially you will be working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, with a chance to progress to a level 3 after that.

Things to consider

Before you make your application, please ensure that you are able to reliably travel to and from the employer location on a daily basis. Please check bus times/travel arrangements. For any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact 0800 0029242. Please do not contact the employer directly. 100% Work based apprenticeship

About the employer

The Homestead Childcare is a small nursery setting and after school club located in Ruislip. We are set in beautiful rural surroundings, close to Ruislip woods and Ruislip Lidos both of which we love to explore. We have a large open space with trees and shrubbery, areas to hide and make dens! We have a patio area too with lots of fun things to do too. We are a small homely setting offering places for children from 6 months to 11 years. Both Jodie and I are from home based childcare back grounds, we value all that it stands for, between us we have nearly 20 years of childcare experience. We are experienced in home based care and therefore use this knowledge and ethos at The Homestead Childcare Whilst we do have a baby area and an area for the older children after school, we tend to keep the setting as open plan and free flowing as possible allowing siblings to mix and children to learn from and experience positive interactions with mixed age groups. We see this as a great learning and emotional benefit to all the children and makes us feel like a very large family! Children need happy, creative, thought provoking play partners to make learning happen through play, not only with adults but peers too. Our children of all ages play together and thrive in this kind of set up. The older children learn kindness, patience and understand and about being gentle, our younger children and babies see the older children as role models, they imitate their play, look up to them, learn the rules of conversation, copy how they conduct themselves at meal times and many other skills. At The Homestead Childcare we like the closeness, the homely feel, the ability to go off and visit the park should we choose, we understand that some day’s children want to run around and have fun and on others they wish to sit, have a cuddle and a story. We promote active learning and love exploring and getting stuck in. The children have a great time here and love learning through play. We believe that people play a massive part in creating this; we feel that warmth, love and laughter are so important and our wonderful team have this in abundance Feel free to have a look around our website and please email us if you would like to book a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon




The Homestead

Fine Bush Lane




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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Mathematics, English and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Work based learning

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Parenta Group


Julie Allen 0800 002 9242

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2017