Nursery Assistant Apprentice St Andrews Centre

An exciting opportunity to begin your career with Parenta Training, working in an early years setting. Become an apprentice in one of our fun and friendly nurseries working with children aged from birth to five years gaining experience while you learn.

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Closing date: 16 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £120.00 - £150.00

  • Working week

    9am - 4pm (30 hours per week)

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    18 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    13 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Parenta have many opportunities available, and offer you the chance to ‘Earn as you Learn’ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. The best part? There are no classes to attend!

We are currently hiring candidates to work in a nursery setting.

The moment your journey begins as an apprentice:             

  • You become an employed member of staff
  • You will be paid an hourly rate
  • You will work towards gaining a full qualification – without having to attend classroom based lessons. The apprenticeship will last a minimum of 12 months. You will be working towards a Level 2 or Level 3 in Childcare.  

Throughout your role you are not alone. Parenta offer you full training, support, guidance and are here to help you progress your career. You even have a personal assessor/tutor assigned to you from the moment you start your journey as a modern apprentice.

Your role will include:

You will be a team player whilst maintaining the ability to initiate and self-manage your own tasks. You will be required, at all times, to maintain the highest possible standards, in order to provide the best possible and environment for the children, by ensuring full compliance will the setting’s policies and procedures.

  • Working with children between the ages of 0-5 years, organising activities, being pro-active with the help and care carried out within the early years teaching sector.
  • To assist with the daily routine and interact with the children
  • Monitor well-being & Involvement of the children
  • To assist with the EYFS planning and keep records of key children up to date.
  • To assist and instigate activities suitable for the age range of the children within the unit
  • Carry out daily risk assessment checks of the garden and setting as required, recording on the appropriate record forms.
  • To build and foster relationships with children's parents/carers.
  • Assisting and meeting the personal/emotional needs of individual children – Changing nappies, feeding, caring and establishing a relationship with children.
  • Ensure that the setting is safe, clean and well presented.
  • Collaborate with colleagues ensuring the highest standards of work are carried out and are provided throughout your role in a positive manner.
  • To contribute to a high quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities.
  • Attend team meetings and contribute relevant ideas.
  • Ensure you are at all times fully up to date with and implementing the Safeguarding Policy & Procedure in line with Ofsted and OSCB – undertake training as and when required.
  • Be responsible for reporting any concerns regarding any child in your care to the Room Leader/Deputy Manager or Manager.


Throughout this role, you will gain extensive knowledge and experience within the working environment which will set you up for a great career upon completion. This will hopefully lead to permanent employment within the early learning year’s sector or even continue to the next level, undertaking further training.

Ideally you will:


  • Be passionate about caring for children
  • Have an outgoing, bubbly, motivated attitude
  • Be a committed, punctual and reliable individual


The rate for apprentices (or if aged 19, for their first year only) is £3.50 from the 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour. Most receive more; a median basic hourly pay rate of £6.31 for Level 2 and 3, and £9.68 for Level 4 and 5 Higher Apprentices

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will need good communication skills and be comfortable with creative thinking. It is helpful if you are confident with children, calm and organised
  • Experience of working/participating in a team environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Written, verbal and listening skills

Personal qualities

  • Friendly and outgoing with a willingness to learn
  • Passionate about providing equal opportunity family centred childcare
  • Ability to communicate both written and verbally with a wide range of people
  • Enthusiastic
  • Warm, caring and approachable
  • Flexible
  • Open to change and a team player
  • Confident with dealing with challenging children 

Qualifications required

A level 2 qualification in childcare or 6 Months to a year’s Experience in childcare.

A good Level of Maths, English and IT.

Future prospects

When you have successfully completed your Apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to continue with an exciting career in childcare! Initially you will be working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, with a chance to progress to a team leading qualification after that. £4 per hour for first 4 months, (probationary period) £5 per hour for further 6 months. £6 thereafter after successful appraisal

Things to consider

Before you make your application, please ensure that you are able to reliably travel to and from the employer location on a daily basis. Please check bus times/travel arrangements. You will have to agree to undergo a check of police records (eg a DBS) and be willing to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. For any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact 0800 0029242. Please do not contact the employer directly.

About the employer

We are a small, active community nursery in the heart of Brockley. We have 36 places for local children aged from two to five years old. Since we opened in 1983, our aim has been to provide good quality, affordable childcare, which supports children in developing to their full potential at their own pace. We have a hugely committed staff team. Our longest serving staff member has been with us for 30 years, and our most recent recruit has been with us since 2014. This stable staff base is a vital ingredient in helping children and parents to feel comfortable and secure and to enjoy their time with us. We are part of St Andrew’s Centre, a vibrant community organisation based at St Andrew’s Centre. In addition to the nursery, the centre has facilities for drop-in clubs for the elderly, youth groups, lunch clubs, parent and toddler clubs, holiday clubs and an after school club.


St Andrews Centre


St Andrews Church

Brockley Road



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Training provider

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Mathematics, English and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Work based learning

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Parenta Group


Julie Allen 0800 002 9242

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Closing date: 16 Nov 2017