Nursery Assistant Apprentice Clarendon Cottage

The Cottage Nursery, is situated in Eccles, Salford. They are committed to providing exceptionally high standards of childcare and education for children aged from birth to 5 years old. They are looking to recruit a highly motivated apprentice who is looking to develop a career as a Nursery Practitioner.

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Closing date: 23 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

    40 hours flexible between 7:30am and 6:00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    15 Dec 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties include:

  • Contribute to the provision of a safe, well maintained and stimulating play environment in which children are able to play freely. 
  • Assist Lead Practitioners in the planning, preparation and implementation of activities which meet the children’s individual needs. 
  • Assist the Lead Practitioners in the assessment of children. 
  • Work face-to-face with the children 
  • Follow guidelines, policies and procedures for safe-guarding children as recommended by the registering Authority. 
  • Administer First Aid as appropriate. 
  • Administer intimate care for all children. 

Staff and Management: 

  • Assist and contribute to the management and supervise the activity of other employees and volunteers. 
  • Contribute to team meetings to facilitate the planning, preparation, implementation and assessment of activities. 
  • Contribute to and be involved in, liaison with parents, schools and other agencies as appropriate. 
  • Encourage parental involvement and support of the Nursery. 
  • Assist the Lead Practitioners to develop best practices which meet identified quality indicators. 
  • Assist in the maintenance of appropriate records, registers and reports.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

A warm, caring and patient nature; good communication skills;  the ability to work with young children and their families in a sensitive and positive way.

Personal qualities

  • An interest in child development and an awareness of child safety issues
  • The ability to work in a team and a willingness to develop your skills.

Qualifications required

A-C Grades in Maths and English desirable

Future prospects

Possible progression onto the Level 3 Advanced Early Years Apprenticeship depending on GCSE grades in Maths and English

Things to consider

Important Other Information: Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour (From October 1st 2016 this will be increasing by 3% to £3.40 per hour). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training. More info is available at Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

About the employer

At The Cottage Nursery we nurture and support every child to help them become happy, secure and confident learners. We treat every child as an individual and work hard to meet their personal needs along their own unique developmental journey. We have a bright, energetic and well qualified team, who care for the children they look after and seek to provide the very best for every child. We understand the value of smiles, laughter and cuddles in your child’s day – and offer it by the bucket load!


Clarendon Cottage


Clarendon Road



M30 9AL

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Training provider

Training will be provided in order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce. Functional Skills Level 1 Maths, English and ICT are completed with the Apprentice if a prior GCSE grade A-C or equivalent has not already been achieved.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Salford City College


Jon Hobson 0161 631 5555

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017