Apprentice Nursery Practitioner BIG DISCOVERIES LTD

We are looking for a motivated person who loves to work for children and keen to develop their skills in helping children fulfil their potential. As part of the role you will be responsible for key children, communicating with parents and staff and planning for children to provide them with the opportunities to learn and grow.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    30 hours. Working hours could be variable and not set yet.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    23 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Job Purpose: To enable children to engage in a range of play and learning opportunities and to participate in the day to day running of the setting.

Responsible to: Preschool Manager

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To provide and maintain a high-quality service to children and their families working as part of a staff team to meet children’s individual needs.

Children and Families:

  • To develop and maintain positive relationships with children and families.
  • To assist with the planning and delivery of a wide range of activities to meet children’s needs.
  • To work within the EYFS and promote high standards of care for the children.
  • To assume responsibility for key children and ensure their developmental needs are met, accurately recorded and learning diaries are up to date.
  • To maintain a child­centred environment by reviewing displays, resources and room lay out with the team.
  • To use observation and reflective practice to contribute to planning and evaluation in the setting.
  • To maintain children’s safety and wellbeing at all times during attendance at the setting and on trips.
  • To take any action required to ensure the safety and welfare of children and to report any concern immediately to the Manager.
  • To ensure good communication between staff and parent’s/carers.
  • Is aware of and implements strategies to safeguard all children in their care.


  • To attend staff meetings, supervision and appraisals and relevant identified training.
  • To work within policies and procedures at all times and support staff to adhere to them.
  • To keep records as required.
  • To contribute to any quality assurance programmes.
  • To maintain positive working relationships with relevant external professionals.
  • To support and develop an environment which is inclusive for all.
  • To engage in reflective practice and implement new effective strategies for teaching and learning.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Understanding and ability to implement the EYFS framework and Ofsted requirements.
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good communication skills with children and colleagues

Personal qualities

  • Self motivated.
  • Positive outlook.
  • Keen to learn and improve.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • A team player.

Qualifications required

  • A recognised level 2 childcare qualification.
  • GCSE or equivalent A*-D in English or Maths

Future prospects

We are keen to provide training opportunities to develop a strong team within the nursery. So we are looking for a motivated candidate who is looking for and developing further to become a permanent of the team.

Things to consider

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). For more information visit:

About the employer

We are an independent nursery providing full time care for 2-5 year olds.




Portchester Community Centre

Westlands Grove


PO16 9AD

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Training provider

  • Bespoke off the job to meet the need of the framework delivered at the College site
  • Regular visit and support from the assessor on the workplace
  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification
  • Level 2 Functional Skills if required

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by South Downs College


Danielle Harding 02392 797979

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017