Nursery Assistant Apprentice Southchurch Park United Reformed Church

To work with children aged 2-4 years as part of a small team, where you will be assisting with planning of the curriculum, helping set up and to help tidy away at start and end of session and acting as a keyworker to a small group of children.

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Closing date: 28 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

    8.30am -3.30pm Monday to Friday plus one full day at college

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    16 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    09 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Working with children aged 2-4 years
  • Working as part of a small team
  • Assisting with planning of the curriculum
  • Helping set up and to help tidy away at start and end of session
  • To act as a keyworker to a small group of children
  • To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulation
  • Completing all relevant paperwork in regards to the children, follow policies and procedures set out by the pre-school
  • Plan activities with the support of others

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills 
  • Excellent time keeping skills
  • Good level of maths and English - ideally level 2 or GCSE A-C
  • Level 2 in Childcare or willingness to train further

Personal qualities

  • Must ensure confidentiality at all times
  • Be able to follow safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Be calm and patience
  • Able to work on own initiative

Qualifications required

  • You must have a good level of English, maths and ICT

Future prospects

This is an excellent opportunity to gain good work experience and develop your skills. You will also gain an industry recognised qualification and improve your English, Maths and ICT skills.

Things to consider

A DBS check will be carried out for this role. You will need to attend college on a weekly basis and will be working for 4 days a week in the nursery/ pre-school. We welcome applicants regardless of gender, disability, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or faith. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and that staff can study and work in an environment free from harassment and bullying.

About the employer

Southchurch Park Playschool is a fantastic, fun and friendly childcare setting situated by Southchurch Park. Children play and develop their confidence and skills in an informal and friendly environment.


Southchurch Park United Reformed Church


Northumberland Avenue



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Training provider

You will be trained by Southend Adult Community College who is rated as an outstanding vocational training provider. You will also receive excellent training and experience in the workplace. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning.

  • Diploma/Certificate in Childcare
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths & ICT – Level 1/2
  • ERR (Employee Right and Responsibilities)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Southend Adult Community College


Caroline Fairman 01702 445736

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2017