Apprentice Nursery Practitioner - Seymour House - HighField Lane Day Nursery SEYMOUR HOUSE LTD.

An Apprentice Nursery Practitioner is required. If you are committed to the wellbeing of children and helping them to thrive and get the best start in life, this opportunity with Seymour House is ideal for you.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hours a week - Monday-Friday

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    10 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

The role of the Nursery Apprentice is to work within the nursery team and to learn the role and skills of the Early Years Educator by learning on the job and attending college as required.

The role and responsibilities include:
Care and Education

  • To support the nursery team in providing high standards of quality within the nursery including the environment, resources and experiences offered to children.
  • To comply with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation (EYFS) and relevant legislation including the Children Act 1989 and 2004.
  • To support the nursery team, and develop your own skills in ensuring effective planning, assessment and record keeping for children (both paper and IT based) using the EYFS curriculum for guidance.
  • To build positive relationships with the children, parents, carers, colleagues and external professionals.
  • To ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained.
  • To promote the welfare of the children and ensure they are kept safe and that Child Protection procedures are followed where necessary.
  • To promote the nursery to current and prospective parents.


  • To understand the Seymour House values and model these in your performance and behaviour at all times.
  • To adhere to all Seymour House policies and procedures at all times.
  • To take ownership of your own learning and development, demonstrating a pro-active attitude towards completing your Apprenticeship within the agreed timeframe.
  • To work effectively in partnership with your assessor, and adhering to any college requirements.
  • To actively participate in all review meetings, nursery team meetings and required training.
  • To take responsibility for the Health and Safety of yourself and others.

You must have;

  • A general understanding of childcare and child development
  • A good understanding of the needs of children and their behaviour
  • An awareness of Equal Opportunities and Child Protection issues
  • A willingness to keep abreast of current thinking in developments in early years and a willingness to undertake further relevant training where necessary

Seymour House Values

Childcare & education

  • Passionate about providing outstanding childcare and education 
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children 
  • Never giving up on a child 
  • Seen to be a good role model 
  • Customer focussed – being aware parents always have other choices 
  • Never undermining parents and value and respects their role
  • Share learning with others, children, parents, team members

Personal attributes & continuous development:

  • Showing excellence on a day to day basis, staying on the path of constant and never ending improvement 
  • Takes responsibility for personal growth – reviews and reflects on personal actions on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis to gain understanding from experiences and continually improve 
  • Demonstrating flexibility – being able to change and adapt when required to suit the needs of others and/or the environment 
  • Nurtures -  allows others to grow
  • Always being open and honest in all communications, trustworthy and fair
  • Show patience be even tempered and consistent 
  • Gives 100% commitment, delivers what has been agreed in the agreed time frame 
  • Problem solving, uses initiative to find a solution, never gives up or accepts second best 
  • Takes on responsibilities for own actions and outcomes & accepts accountability 
  • Reassuring, calm and quietly confident 
  • 100% committed – goes the extra mile 
  • Genuinely friendly 
  • To follow the management system in place to find solutions to problems when they arise
  • Respects others 
  • Cares about other peoples happiness is empathetic to the needs of others.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

•    A genuine love of and gain enjoyment from working with children
•    Suitable to care for children
•    Be both mentally and physically suitable to care for children
•    The ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships  and personal
      boundaries with children
•    Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
•    Able to communicate with adults and children
•    Able to work as part of a team
•    Able to cover periods of team holidays and team absence at short notice
•    A reliable team member 
•    Good organisational skills 
•    Able to work under pressure
•    Honest, reliable and flexible
•    Able to demonstrate reliability 
•    A professional attitude and manner
•    An enthusiastic approach to work

Personal qualities

Ability to work well within a team 

Qualifications required

GCSE grade C or equivalent or above in English and Maths 

Future prospects

On-going training and development encouraged by the employer which will give the applicant the opportunity to move on to a full time position

Things to consider

The key dates are to be used as a guide only. Should the right candidate be found, this vacancy may close early. Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work in the UK’ documentation, undertake a DBS and provide two satisfactory references prior to commencing employment. 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

Seymour House was formed in 1988, and from the outset we chose to make the quality of care and education the factor that would set us apart. It is a policy that children, parents, employers and partner schools all value and this has enabled the Seymour House to re-invest and fund over 20 years of growth and development. We now operate nine Day Nursery Schools across Essex making us the County's leading independent provider of funded nursery education





Highfield Lane, Pudding Stone Drive

St Albans


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Training provider

• Level 3 NVQ in Children and Young Peoples Workforce 
• Functional Skills in English
• Functional Skills in Maths
• Functional Skills in ICT
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
• Certificate in Paediatric First Aid

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Lifetime Training Ltd

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017