Early Years Practitioner Elmscot Day Nursery

As an Apprentice you will help to ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care of the children following the statutory framework at all times. You will also implement and adhere to a consistent daily routine ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences are offered to children at all times.

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Closing date: 23 Oct 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 hours a day between the hours of 8am and 6pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    21 Sep 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Reporting to: Nursery Manager ensuring that the highest standards of childcare and education are maintained at all times.

Main Duties:

  • To ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care of the children following the statutory framework at all times
  • To implement and adhere to a consistent daily routine both indoors and outdoors ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences are offered to children at all times
  • To plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities and evaluation as required
  • To understand fully, and adhere to the company’s policies and procedures at all times

General responsibilities

  • Promote a warm and understanding relationship between staff, children and parents in a stable, relaxed and secure atmosphere.
  • Encourage children in self-help, personal hygiene and acceptable social behaviour in a positive way.
  • Involve parents in the induction, care and progress of their children at nursery, including participation in regular parents’ evenings/events.
  • Complete Medicine, Accident and Injury on Arrival forms as required by the 1989 Children’s Act.
  • Abide by the Trafford Guidelines & the Statutory Framework for the Early Years on Safeguarding Children together with Elmscot Safeguarding Policy; ensuring you have an understanding that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and that you have a duty to act accordingly & report any concerns.
  • Maintain children’s records including observation, assessment and tracking, sharing all information with the child’s parents / carer keeping learning journeys up to date
  • Report any matters of concern regarding children, staff or parents to the Nursery Manager/ Deputy or the Nursery Owners in her absence.
  • Maintain the children’s equipment and playrooms, ensuring that the rooms are safe and clean to meet the needs of each individual child. The environment must also promote equality and diversity of the society in which we live
  • Work as an effective team member being flexible with working practices including being prepared to help throughout the nursery where necessary
  • Participate in ongoing training for personal and professional development.
  • Help with the preparation and serving of children’s meals ensuring mealtimes are pleasurable, social events that provide opportunities for children to gain independence and learn new skills
  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service training and the development of Nursery policies and procedures.
  • Provide an anti-oppressive and non-discriminatory environment, which combats race, differently able and gender stereotypes, and promote equal opportunities.
  • Liaise with other childcare professionals sharing information and therefore promoting a multi-agency working environment
  • Be of smart appearance and be a good role model for the children and students / trainees including adopting good personal hygiene routines
  • On completion of the health and safety induction, ensure that you adhere to all health and safety regulations at all times including the identification of risks and reporting any concerns to the Health & Safety co-ordinator
  • Undertake any other duties required by the manager/owners.
  • To respect confidentiality of information about individual children and their families

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of Child development
  • Knowledge of what constitutes quality services for children.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to use Initiative and show enthusiasm when working with the children


Qualifications required

  • Ideally candidates will have GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent qualifications.

Future prospects

Progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Advanced Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Reality Check: Please note - should this position receive a large amount of applications the job advert will close early. We advise that you apply for this position early to avoid disappointment. As part of our apprenticeship recruitment process, you will be required to attend a Numeracy, Literacy and Interview Assessment at our Futureskills Campus on Dakota Avenue, Salford, M50 2PU. Should you be successful at this stage, we will then submit your application to the employer for further consideration. More info is available at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/TheNationalMinimumWage/DG_10027201 Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

About the employer

The Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools and out-of-school Clubs, based in Altrincham, Cheshire, offers parents a choice of 4 exceptional Day Nurseries: Broussa, Elmscot, Hale and Woodlands, as well as 8 Schools and Out Clubs based at local primary and preparatory schools. All Nurseries offer self-contained Nursery Schools, each led by qualified Early Years Teachers and post-graduate Early Years Professionals.


Elmscot Day Nursery


149 Stockport Road



WA15 7LT

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Training provider

Training will be provided in order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.  Functional Skills Level 1 Maths, English and ICT are completed with the Apprentice if a prior GCSE grade A-C or equivalent has not already been achieved.

You may be expected to attend Salford City College 1 day per week for Functional Skills classes if required.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Salford City College


Jon Hobson 0161 631 5555 jonathan.hobson@salfordcc.ac.uk

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017