Apprentice Nursery Assistant Flower Pots Day Nursery

A family run private day nursery based in Hemel Hempstead are looking for an Apprentice Nursery Assistant to join their team. To be a proactive member of a staff team who provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive environment in which babies and young children are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

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Closing date: 02 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

    40 hours Monday - Friday ( 9:00am-5:00pm)

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    26 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Main duties of role:

Below is a list of tasks and responsibilities that you are obliged to fulfil in your role as an Apprentice Nursery Assistant / Childcare practitioner

  • To understand and respect the need for consistency of care for the children- report for duty on time, maintain regular attendance, give appropriate notice of holiday requests and report non- attendance through sickness promptly and appropriately.
  • To assist in providing a safe, supportive and caring environment for young children in the care of Flower Pots Day Nursery, to ensure that all aspects of each individual child’s development are given full consideration
  • To ensure that clean and hygienic standards are maintained at all times. This includes daily cleaning rotas, nappy changing and other nursery/ housekeeping duties.
  • To maintain and follow the Health and Safety policies and procedures at all times.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of all of the company’s operational policies and procedures, ensuring that they are followed and respected at all times.
  • To be fully up to date with the requirements of the ‘Early years foundation stage’ and ensure that your practice meets and aims to exceed the requirements.
  • To be proactive in the process of activity planning, child observation and development records on a regular basis and as requested by your supervisor or Nursery Manager.
  • To follow all routines, duties, timetables, rotas, record keeping activities and any other reasonable duty as requested by your supervisor or Nursery Manager.
  • To ensure that communication with children, parents and the staff team is polite and courteous at all times.
  • To share relevant information and ensure that information passed between parents and staff is communicated to your supervisor/ Nursery Manager as appropriate
  • To be an effective key worker to those children assigned to you and to take on other assigned responsibilities, as requested and advised by your supervisor in line with knowledge and experience.
  • To maintain confidentiality about all issues related to children and their families, your own and other staff members issues and any other management or operational issues.
  • Involvement and enrolment in company training courses to be undertaken and completed which may at various times be outside normal working hours.
  • To be involved in developing and delivering a stimulating and creative atmosphere within the group.
  • To provide staff cover within any of the Flower Pots Nursery settings as requested by Management.
  • To attend all mandatory training sessions and workshops- as advised by the Manager.
  • To attend staff meetings, professional development training and any other events as requested by the Nursery Manager.
  • To carry out any other reasonable additional duties as requested by your supervisor and or Nursery Manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Smart appearance is vital to maintain the professional image of the nursery, therefore staff should present a clean and smart appearance at all times. The successful applicant will have good common sense and be punctual and reliable. Must have a good level of both written and spoken English alongside good communication skills.

Personal qualities

The successful applicant will be willing to learn, with a passion for developing a career in the childcare industry. 

Qualifications required

GCSEs all grades (or equivalent qualifications).

Future prospects

On completion of the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce, you may be offered the opportunity to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma.

Things to consider

This role requires you to be on your feet working with children for the majority of your day. You will need to speak to parents and other staff. You will have to fill in paperwork on a daily basis and will be required to take children out of the setting when necessary.

About the employer

Our aims: To provide a fun, happy, safe environment for all children. To recognise each child's individuality and achievements. To encourage children's natural learning. To provide opportunities to develop independence, self-respect and self-confidence. To recognise and respect the culture, family background and faith of all children. Our Mission To welcome every child and to provide them with the opportunity to develop within a secure and caring environment, To ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued. To provide a learning experience within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, appropriate to the needs of each child to discover and nurture their individual personality To ensure the nursery is fully equipped with modern, well maintained resources in line with the needs of the children To work closely with the children’s families To provide a safe, healthy and happy environment in which adults and children can work, play and learn together, To encourage children to have a positive attitude and respect for both themselves and other people.


Flower Pots Day Nursery



Adeyfield Road

Hemel Hempstead


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Training provider

The Apprentice Nursery Nurse will be employed for up to 40 hours per week and will be required to attend 1 study day per month on a Saturday from 10am - 4pm.

You will be required to complete tasks both at work and at home which will need to be handed in the following month.

Your employer will appoint a work based mentor to support you and you will get a dedicated progress manager from Smart Training.

On completion of the course, you will be awarded a Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce and Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in Maths, English and ICT.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider

Smart Training

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Smart Training


Anne-Marie Brady 01923 277 876

Other information

You will be required to meet with Smart Training in person as part of your application process, and to help you with your career development.

Interviews will be carried out before the closing date, and a start date arranged as soon as possible.

A DBS check will be required.

From October 1st 2015 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.30 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.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017