Apprentice Playworker St Bartholomew C Of E Church

Working as an apprentice play worker you will be assisting existing staff with the caring of children aged 4-11 years. This position is term time only and will be split shifts.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday-Friday, Breakfast Club 7.30am to 8.45am, after school clubs 2.45pm to 6.00pm. 22 hours per week due to business needs.

    Total hours per week: 22.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Due to our expansion we are seeking to train three new members of staff through the Government Apprenticeship scheme in Level 3 Playwork. This is a permanent position.

 You must be at least 17 years old and ideally, have a GCSE (or equivalent) C grade in English and Maths.

The government apprenticeship scheme is open to all ages.

  • Playing with children
  • Cleaning away activities
  • Setting up activities
  • Creating new fun ideas for the children to take part in
  • Assisting existing members of staff

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Adaptable 
  • Team player
  • Organised
  • Timekeeping 
  • Good communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Passion for working with children
  • Caring personality
  • Willingness to learn

Qualifications required

No formal qualifications required.

Future prospects

The full-time role may be offered if available on completion of apprenticeship.

Things to consider

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).

About the employer

Sparks Play & Care cares for school children aged 3 to 14 years in Bristol. Our family of passionate and qualified playworkers work together to provide a variety of clubs at four different locations during term time and holidays. At Sparks we provide a safe and flexible environment for children that offers a wide range of fun and stimulating play opportunities to aid their growth and development. We enable them to experiment and express themselves, but most of all… to have fun!! We value individuality and diversity and are proud to provide an equal-opportunity setting. We are committed to maintaining a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment for all. Sparks underpins all of its work with an a ethical code drawn up by Play Wales called The Playwork Principles. These eight principles have been endorsed nationally as good practice for all playworkers by SkillsActive and Ofsted. All of our regular staff are trained playworkers with necessary DBS checks. We are also fully registered with Ofsted.


St Bartholomew C Of E Church


Maurice Road



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Training provider

The Childcare Company provides online training in early years’ childcare, residential childcare, play work, supporting teaching and learning, management, team leading, customer service and business administration.

Teaching sessions are normally bi weekly or monthly depending on your preferred learning style.  Your sector specialist tutor will provide the support and motivation to ensure you enjoy and ultimately succeed in achieving your goal, completing your training. We want you to feel our team are approachable at every stage in your learning journey.

Our delivery of training is through blended learning. Supported by one of our sector specialist tutors we deliver teaching sessions to you using various methods that include face to face teaching, Skype, virtual classroom and telephone. Our aim is for you to have the best possible learning journey that is personalised, motivational and inspiring for you.

Our online learning platform, the Laser, provides interactive learning resources as well as your e-portfolio. It acts as a communication system between you and your tutor and allows you to follow your progress at any time. The Laser is user-friendly and easy to navigate. The learning resources are multi-sensory to suit personal learning styles, such as filmed tutorials, PowerPoint presentations, multi-media challenges, activities, good practice example videos and electronic reading.

Your employer provides your time for ‘off the job’ study and teaching during your paid working hours.  This is flexible averaging around 3-4 hours per week.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Childcare Company


Claudia Worthington 01753596004

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017