Apprentice Nursery Assistant BARNEY BEARS NURSERY'S LTD

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a real passion for working with Children. The candidate will be working closely with staff to ensure high class learning and development in the children’s early years.

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Closing date: 27 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

    Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    30 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Main activities: 

  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times
  • To deliver an appropriate play based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that enables children to make individual progress
  • To help ensure the preschool nursery meets Ofsted requirements at all times
  • To undertake designated officer roles as directed
  • To work with other professionals in the local area for the benefit of children and families
  • To understand and work to preschool nursery policies and procedures, including how to deal with child protection issues appropriately and how to respond to incidents, accidents, complaints and emergencies 
  • To plan activities which ensure each child is working towards the early learning outcomes
  • To be a key person
  • To ensure records are properly maintained, e.g. daily attendance register, accident and incident book, risk assessments

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Empathy and understanding of children under five
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills with children and parents
  • Ability to write reports and keep clear and accurate records
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Administrative and basic IT skills
  • Calm and caring nature
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to work on own initiative

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • A commitment to quality in all areas, with a high level of motivation and enthusiasm
  • Able to perform under stress
  • A creative thinker
  • A good sense of humour

Qualifications required

There are no qualifications required for this role.

Future prospects

Progression onto Level 3 and/or full-time employment.

About the employer

Barney Bears Nursery was established in April 2004. It is owned, managed and run by Sarah Hawkins and Leah Clarke Sarah Hawkins and Leah Clarke began their studies at Barking college, in 1996. They both went on to gain experience in different child care sectors. Barney Bears Aim We are committed to provide a happy secure environment in which each child can develop at his or her own pace. Guiding them towards the Early Learning Goals as defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage, learning through play and planned topic themes. Within a homely, atmosphere each child has the freedom to choose a wide range of activities. Barney Bears Nursery prides ourselves on word of mouth and our reputation. Therefore we always have an overwhelming demand and a healthy waiting list. Sarah and Leah then decided it was time to expand the Barney Bears name.




St Lukes Courtyard

Baxter Road



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Training provider

  • Level 2 NVQ in Childcare
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths, and ICT (where applicable)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider

Skills for Growth

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Skills For Growth


James Stares 0208 221 0500

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Closing date: 27 Oct 2017