Childcare Apprenticeship Vacancy Forest First Childrens Centre

The early years apprentice will be an integral team member and take part as fully as possible in the day to day running of the setting.

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Closing date: 27 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 & 4pm Mon - Fri 40hrs

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    28 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The Pre-School Apprentice is responsible to the Manager and Deputy Manager.
The Pre-School apprentice will be

  • Adhering to the Pre-School & Totton College’s policies & procedures.  Compliance with the Children Act, Health and Safety legislation and within the guidelines of Ofsted and the EYFS Statutory Framework. Ensuring confidentiality is maintained in the Pre-School.
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Involved in the care and supervision of the children with regard to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • Involved in the planning and preparation of activities, to meet children's individual needs, liaising with parents and negotiating working targets ensuring effective communication within the Pre-School.
  • Offering all children equal opportunities with regard to their religious persuasion, racial origins, gender, disabilities, cultural or linguistic background; in particular, challenging situations where racism or discrimination is displayed.
  • Keeping of development records and observations.
  • Ensuring the positive management of children's behaviour.
  • Involved in the preparation, care, cleanliness and maintenance of the playrooms and equipment.
  • Keeping and monitoring accident, incident and risk assessment records.
  • Participating in regular staff meetings, parents' evenings, publicity, open weekends and children's outings.
  • Undertaking any other duties appropriate to the post as directed by the Pre-School Manager and Area Manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Previous experience in childcare is desirable.

Personal qualities

  • You must be friendly
  • Approachable
  • Be willing to learn/train further
  • Be confident with parents/carers
  • Have a passion for working with children

Qualifications required

A minimum of 5 GCSE's A-C (or equivalent) including Maths and English is preferred.

Future prospects

Potential for a long term career for the right candidate.

Things to consider

Excellent opportunity to work towards a professional qualification in Child care. Enjoy the benefits of working and training in a Nursery environment.

About the employer

Graded good by OFSTED Forest First pre-School is a 30 place Pre-School for children from 2 years to school age which functions under the umbrella of our provider Totton College. We are registered for both 2year and three funding. We offer a variety of flexible session times between 9.00-3.30 we also provide a breakfast club start at 8.30 for those parents needing to be at work by 9.00am Our mission statement is to provide high quality, affordable childcare and education in a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. Our vision is to ‘Create opportunities to stimulate and inspire every childs All our staff are fully qualified, DBS checked, and are trained in paediatric first aid. Our setting Senco is both Portage and Thomas trained and we maintain strong links with our local SFYC, SENCO, Portage and SALT (Speech and language) Teams We are a team dedicated to providing a calm, family orientated atmosphere where staff can encourage children independence as well as support their developing social and learning skills. By offering sensitively planned play activities we are able to support all our children’s individual needs. We track and share our children’s progress with parents by creating a learning journey folder for every child using a blend of observations and photographs. Our children have daily free flow access both indoors and outdoors to our continuous provision and have an all-weather area as well as access to a large sensory garden where they are able to explore the natural environment. We have a wonderful sensory room.


Forest First Childrens Centre


Heather Road


SO45 1DZ

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Training provider

You will embark on a NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Alongside this you will complete a Paediatric First Aid certificate and Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by FNTC Training & Consultancy


Carol Goring 02380 866664

Other information

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

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Closing date: 27 Sep 2017