Nursery Practitioner Apprentice Lucinda Kate Whitehead

To be trained in the role of a lead Nursery Practitioner and to contribute in providing a high standard of care for children attending the nursery. Be able to work as a team, supporting other staff in the Nursery.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday Various Shift hours between 8am to 6pm. 30min lunch break (dependant on shift).

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2018

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Please apply via email (with a copy of your CV) to:

On this apprenticeship, you will learn about the theory behind childcare, how and why certain characteristics develop and how to care for each child equally.

As an apprentice, your exact role will depend on your employer and the age of the children you care for, however your training, role and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Main Activities:

  • To plan, prepare and participate in a range of activities that promote the EYFS in all areas of learning to enable each child to reach their full potential.
  • To implement activities which encourage linguistic and social interaction between the children and their carers.
  • To be a key worker for children by observing, monitoring and recording each individual’s development. To support qualified nursery assistants in the implementation and evaluation of children’s planning and progress. Using both written and electronic devices.
  • To attend parents evenings/open days as required.
  • To communicate with parents/carers about the day to day needs of the children by fostering parental involvement and encouraging positive parenting skills.
  • To promote the philosophy of 'learning through play’.
  • To help children acquire self-help skills including dressing, feeding, toilet training and an awareness of personal hygiene.
  • To attend staff and team meetings as appropriate.
  • To help ensure that the Nursery meets safety and hygiene requirements and to report any issues to a senior member of staff.
  • To be aware of and comply with the Nursery’s Child Protection Policy, Confidentiality Procedures and other Nursery Policies.
  • To keep up to date with developments in childcare and parent education through regular training as appropriate.
  • To maintain records and documentation that complies with statutory requirements, and to support qualified nursery assistants with the completion of such documents.
  • To ensure that everyone is treated as individuals with respect and full consideration, in line with the Nursery Equal Opportunities Policy.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A passion for supporting children’s development in ways that suit each individual
  • 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

Must have completed a level 2 qualification in Childcare or Early Years.

Minimum Entry level 3 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English or equivalent.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

Future prospects

May lead to permanent employment for the right candidate on completion of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please apply via email (with a copy of your CV) to: 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. College attendance is required approximately one day every two months for workshops. To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course. Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

About the employer

Whatcombe Farm Nursery is set in idyllic Somerset countryside on the outskirts of Frome town. Surrounded by fields and woodlands we believe interaction with the natural environment is an important part of childhood development and incorporate outdoor learning and play every day.


Lucinda Kate Whitehead


Whatcombe Farm

Jacks Lane


BA11 3NL

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Training provider

  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Children and Young Peoples' Workforce
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills (English and Maths) if required
  • In-house training

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Wiltshire College


Wiltshire College Apprenticeship 0845 345 2235

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017