Apprenticeship in Childcare Grange Pre-School

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: 30 Oct 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

    40 hours a week

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001255995

  • 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

The Grange Pre-School is an independent, non-profit making organisation which is run by a committee of elected parents/carers and approved by Ofsted. The Grange Pre-School has a longstanding reputation in the community and celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2012.

Our staff are qualified professionals who encourage and supervise educational play rather than simply providing childcare, delivering the best of early learning programmes in a supportive, caring environment.



Employer

Grange Pre-School

Address

Circuit Lane

Reading

RG30 3HD

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Training provider

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 956 6995


Other information

With effect from October 1st 2014 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £2.73 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies.
The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

This advert will close early if a successful candidate is placed as interviews can start from today. Any extra hours worked will be paid at the NMW apprenticeship wage rate of £2.73 p/hr

For Advanced Level apprentices: Two hundred early years apprentices will benefit from an increased bursary of £3,000 – up from £1,500 – with a further £300 available for training and study as part of the government's drive to attract high quality candidates to the profession. The bursaries announced in May last year are available to those taking part in an early years apprenticeship scheme. The first 200 successful applicants to the bursary scheme will secure the increased award of £3,000. To be eligible, applicants will need to secure an advanced apprenticeship position, for example, in a nursery, school nursery, or children’s centre that delivers the early learning places for two-year olds and hold at least a GCSE, at grade C or above, in English and maths. The scheme, which is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is now open for applications. Apprenticeships are expected to take an average of 20 months to complete, and will consist of employment and study to gain recognised qualifications through various routes – including further education colleges.
Further information, including the application form, can be found on the department's website.
If you have any queries in relation to this scheme to please contact us.










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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017