Advanced Apprentice Nursery Practitioner Silks Farm School Nursery

As an Apprentice you will work as a member of the nursery team to provide a high standard of care and education that complies with all regulatory requirements and current best practice. You will be required to be familiar and comply with all the nursery's policies ad risk assessment procedures at all times.

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Closing date: 20 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

    The nursery is open 7am-7pm. Shift work will depend on staff rota and will be set once the hours are in place.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    28 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Care & Education

  • Work as part of a team to ensure that the nursery meets the requirements of the EYFS at all times.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure that the children are supervised and kept safe at all times.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure that the children's care needs are fully met, to include feeding, toileting, hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure that appropriate learning opportunities are planned for the children in accordance with the EYFS and current best practice.
  • Have "key person" responsibility for a group of children and ensure that you take a particularly close interest in those children's welfare and development.
  • Ensure that records of development and learning are fully and accurately completed for the children for whom you have key person responsibility.
  • Ensure that children are collected only by authorised people known to the nursery.

Partnership with Parents

  • Develop professional, positive and friendly working relationships with all parents.
  • Provide relevant daily feedback to parents about their child, presented in a confident and professional way.
  • Promote the nursery to both current parents and to potential customers

Health & Safety

  • Take shared responsibility for health, safety and cleanliness throughout the nursery.
  • Be familiar with and comply with the nursery's risk management, emergency and security procedures.
  • Immediately report any safety concerns to the Nursery Manager.


  • Understand your personal responsibility for the welfare and protection of the children in the nursery and of the action you must take if you have a concern.


  • Participate in all required out of hours activities, including training, parents' evenings, staff meetings and other events.
  • To act as a good role model for other staff and students throughout the nursery.
  • Undertake regular training and professional development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Productive 
  • Ability to use initiative 
  • Previous work experience in a childcare setting, desirable

Personal qualities

  • Be a flexible and reliable team player, including undertaking any other reasonable duties that may be requested of you from time to time.
  • Develop professional, positive and friendly working relationships with other staff members.
  • Caring & honest

Qualifications required

GCSE English & Maths grade C or above is essential. (or equivelent)

Future prospects

Opportunity to work way up within the company or head office roles.

Things to consider

Be prepared to work with all age groups. The role will include working outdoors, cleaning up after lunch, changing nappies etc, attending in house out of hours training (such as behavior management, first aid and child protection). A DBS Check will be carried out.

About the employer

Silks Farm Nursery School in Somersham, Cambridgeshire is a fun, vibrant and well-established children’s nursery that provides exceptional care and education to babies and children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old, 5 days a week, all year round. They are very lucky to benefit from and extensive private outdoor area, from which we run our very popular forest school.


Silks Farm School Nursery


St. Ives Road


PE28 3ET

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Training provider

  • Level 3 Children & Young Peoples Workforce
  • IT Functional Skills if required
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills 

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College


Camilla 01223 226322

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017