APPRENTICE NURSERY ASSISTANT Horizons Primary School Limited

Level 2 Childcare Apprenticeship. Lewisham based. Term time/September start. MUST be enthusiastic about working with children.

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Closing date: 24 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

    Monday - Friday between 8-5 and 9-6

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    25 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    20 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Main Duties:

  1. To work as part of a team with colleagues to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children.
  2. Work closely to form positive relationships with colleagues, children and Parent/Carers and be aware of and respond to their changing needs.
  3. To take a full and active part in each session including:
    • Greeting the children
    • Preparing and making ready the play area daily and tidying up when the children have left
    • Interacting and playing with the children
    • Story telling, singing and music
    • Preparing art materials, table and floor equipment
    • Attending to the needs of children- nose wiping and washing and dealing with accidents.
  4. Keeping environment and equipment in a safe and hygienic condition including participating in stock taking and cleaning sessions.
  5. At request of the supervisor, take responsibility for specific tasks relating to individual/groups of children and areas of the playroom.
  6. Work as part of a team under the direction of the supervisor and attend regular staff meetings and planning sessions.
  7. Contribute to planning for both group and individual plans

Any other duties not listed above:

  • To participate in the Key-worker system, taking responsibility for observing children and recording their progress.
  • To work within the Nursery Equal opportunities policy and actively challenge discrimination of all kinds.
  • To work within the Nursery Confidentiality policy.
  • To be familiar with and work within all policies held by Nursery.
  • To keep abreast of the latest developments in Early years education and care through attending courses and workshops and reading current publications.
  • To promote the aims and ethos of the Nursery at all times.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Be able to work and play with children
  • Being proactive and motivated
  • Professional and able to work in a team
  • Knowledge of children's stories to support the children with
  • Flexible and understanding to the children needs

Personal qualities

  • Willing to learn and take instructions, putting them into action
  • Organisational skills and stress management and control
  • Have initiative and excellent time management (lateness is not acceptable)
  • Have passion for taking care of children
  • Be happy

Qualifications required

Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent) C or above is desirable

Future prospects

The possibility of future employment as a member of staff upon completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider

From 1st of April 2017 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. Those between the ages of 19-24 who are in their second year (or third year) need to be paid the National Minimum Wage for their age bracket. In April 2016 the new National Living Wage was implemented and therefore if you are over the age of 25 and in your second or third year of an Apprenticeship you will be entitled to be paid the National Living Wage. Please see below for further information:

About the employer

Horizons Day is a happy and friendly environment where children are encouraged to be responsible and caring individuals. We treat each child as an individual and provide a setting which reflects and values the varied backgrounds of our children and staff. Our team of early years practitioners will work in partnership with parents/carers to support children as they enjoy learning through play. Your input is vital as we nurture every step of a child's learning and development; from crawling, playing and exploring to beginning to use numbers and letters. Together we will build a strong foundation for your child's journey to school readiness.


Horizons Primary School Limited



Hither Green Lane


SE13 6QF

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Training provider

  • BTEC Level 2 in Children & Young People’s Workforce
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 or 2 if needed

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider

The Intraining Group Limited

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Intraining Group


Andrew Green 0330 123 3220

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017