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Early Years Practitioner Apprentice Danbury Pre-School

The role entails selecting and supporting educational activities; listening to, encouraging, enabling, stimulating and ensuring the safe keeping of the children, maintaining a positive attitude to all the children; supporting learning leading by example and with direct teaching; behaviour management.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday excluding time off for College attendance 8.45am - 3.15pm Term time at pre-school. We can also offer breakfast and After School Club work to supplement hours between 7am and 8.45 am and 3.00pm and 6.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    02 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The assistant should support the leader and their co-workers in providing a stimulating and varied programme of play and ensuring the safety and well-being of the children. In order to achieve this, the assistant will:

  • Listen to, encourage, enable, stimulate and ensure the safe keeping of the children, maintaining a positive attitude to all the children. Positive behaviour should be modelled to the children at all times. Particular care should be taken to memorise the children’s names as soon as possible. Advise senior staff of any concerns regarding the well-being of a child immediately and practice extreme vigilance regarding the safety of the children
  • Help prepare and fully set out the playroom before children arrive and tidy it up after the children leave. Staff must be fully aware of the daily risk assessment and that all health and safety precautions are taken such as making sure equipment is fit for purpose, advising the pre-school supervisor of any matter requiring attention, such as equipment needing repair or replacement
  • Help to plan, provide, and take part in all the group’s activities. Particular care should be taken to have ‘room awareness’ - this means being vigilant and attentive towards: challenging behaviour, the under use of any resources, helping control group activities, being pro-active in adapting and changing resources during the course of a session. Attendance at staff meetings is compulsory so that all staff can contribute to long term planning
  • Use reflective practise - contribute to the planning sheets, peer on peer observations, Tapestry records, focus child assessments, seek feedback, contribute to the after session reflection
  • Encourage and welcome parental involvement, including informing parent/carer helpers of their role in the pre-school
  • Actively encourage a dialogue between pre-school staff and parents at the start and end of sessions in particular reference to positive aspects of a child’s development and progress. This will also open a channel of communication if any difficulties need to be addressed
  • Be fully supportive of the supervisor and all the staff. Work as a team member at all times
  • Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families, or other staff, which is learnt as part of the job
  • Be flexible about providing cover during sickness and/or holiday periods. Participate in outings and visits if necessary
  • Attend relevant meetings and courses as directed by the pre-school supervisor or chairperson/committee. (Approved course fees will be met by the committee). It is an essential requirement that all staff are positive and open to new training opportunities

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Literate - able to write clearly and cohesively Good communicator Understanding of Child Development.

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Motivated
  • Caring

Desired qualifications

5 GCSE’s grades Grade 4 or ‘C’ or above Must include English language Childcare qualifications First Aid Safeguarding training.

Future prospects

The right candidate could progress to Keyworker or Senior Keyworker Level once qualified.

Things to consider

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About the employer

We are a PVI pre-school that operates during term time. We have been established in the village for nearly 60 years. We occupy a purpose built log cabin in the grounds of St John’s school. We are a small, dedicated team who have been rated Good by Ofsted for many years.


Danbury Pre-School


St Johns C Of E Primary School

Little Baddow Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Chelmsford College


Hugo Skepelhorn 01245 293031

Intermediate Early Years Practitioner Standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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