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Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Splatz

We are currently hiring for a level 3 apprentice to join our growing team and nursery. We are looking for a motivated individual to train with us whilst gaining their early years qualification. All you need is a desire to work with children have strong communication skills, be creative, caring and engaging.

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Closing date: 17 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £137.60

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    32 hours including day at college; shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 32.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    22 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    03 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001686371

  • Positions

    1 available

Purpose of Post:

  • To work under the direction of the manager and deputy Manager
  • To support the aims and objectives of the Setting and assist in the organisation of a high quality establishment for children from birth to 12 years
  • To provide high standards of childcare and education
  • To contribute a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children in the Nursery
  • To give support to other team members throughout the nursery
  • To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can play, learn and develop

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To create a warm and welcoming environment
  • An ability to use own initiative and share ideas and information
  • A willingness to learn skills in identifying and meeting the children’s needs individually and within a group
  • A willingness to learn skills in observation and recording
  • Learn good knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage framework and how to put the document into practise
  • The ability to work within a team, maintaining positive relationships and developing productive teamwork
  • Listen to advice/constructive criticism from peers/management and act upon it
  • An awareness of Health and Safety within the nursery and ability to report any hazards for the purpose of risk assessments
  • Be supportive and diplomatic in your approach towards parents and children
  • To have and show commitment to Cracker Jacks equality policy
  • To adhere to Safeguarding Children policy and procedures
  • To attend occasional staff meetings outside of working hours
  • A willingness to continue with training to aid both the nursery and your own personal development
  • To be committed to completing relevant training
  • To contribute in providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and   intellectual care for children placed in the nursery
  • To give support to other personnel in the Nursery
  • To implement the daily routine in the room
  • To work together as a team supporting each other for the benefit of the children
  • Complete assignments on time and be prepared for visits from Assessor
  • With your staff team, deliver a programme of exciting play opportunities and activities suitable to the age range and developmental needs of the children in your room which will motivate their learning and integration within the nursery
  • To ensure that a caring and stimulating environment is provided for children that takes into account individual developmental needs and enables children to reach their full potential
  • Keep well-informed of legislation, guidelines and policies to ensure the Children’s Act and the Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements are met at all times
  • To be flexible within working practices of nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack, meals, cleansing of equipment, etc
  • Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the nursery is fulfilled
  • Ensure children are collected by someone known to the nursery by adhering to Nursery policies and procedures
  • To ensure compliance with legislative requirements at all times
  • To ensure that the nursery conforms to and exceeds the requirements of Ofsted
  • To ensure that the nursery consistently meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage to a minimum good standard
  • To uphold and ensure a high standard of care in the nursery
  • To implement and maintain the company’s Equality policy ensuring that children, parents and the staff team are valued and practice is positive and non-discriminatory
  • To be involved in out of working hour’s activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, Christmas party, etc
  • Record accidents on accident forms and follow Safeguarding procedures in recording all accidents and incidents. Ensure the manager has signed the report before the parent receives it
  • Look upon the nursery as a “whole”; be constantly aware of the needs of children and the setting
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received
  • Ensure preparation and completion of activities to suit the child’s stage of development
  • To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas
  • To keep up to date on all current childcare issues
  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children, ensuring that their needs are met.
  • To make recommendations for the future development and long term vision of the nursery
  • To ensure children to staff ratios are maintained
  • To support all new staff members during their staff induction period
  • Maintain accurate and up to date personnel records for key children within the nursery
  • To fully take part in the staff supervision scheme producing an Individual Development Plan
  • Identify and deal with poor performance with agreed action plans with individual, clear targets and goals, realistic timescales and opportunities for constructive feedback and monitoring, ensuring that all documentation is accurate and signed.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the staff team, through regular staff meetings, team meetings, training sessions and open honest communication
  • Provide constructive, honest, feedback to support and encourage all staff
  • To establish good professional relationships with colleagues working in other nurseries
  • To support managers and your staff team, where necessary, in the preparation of reports and collect relevant information as supporting evidence for these reports
  • To ensure that all relevant statistics are available on request and submitted when necessary
  • To ensure that all supplies are used with due economy
  • To maintain children’s records to a high standard with due regard to confidentiality.
  • Deliver high quality customer service at all times
  • To have regard for the parents/prospective parent’s needs and information is communicated clearly and positively
  • Support the Management team where necessary to effectively market the nursery in the local community utilising local events to promote the nurseries image
  • Be professional, polite and positive in all verbal and non-verbal interactions with staff, parents and children at all times
  • Complete an evaluation before and after training, following agreed actions to improve practice
  • To support trainee staff and that appropriate learning objectives are assessed and evaluated accordingly
  • To understand that as part of your training you will be required to move to all age ranges of the nursery
  • To attend all in house Apprentice training as delivered by the Nursery Directors and Senior Management Team
  • To ensure that the physical environment of the nursery is maintained to comply with the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act
  • To ensure that a daily Health & Safety checks are carried out
  • Be aware of and comply with EHO and COSHH regulations
  • To have clear knowledge of procedures to be followed in case of emergency e.g. Fire, and accident, completing and submitting relevant paperwork
  • To report any repairs or replacement of equipment to the Room Supervisor
  • To carry out appropriate indoor and outdoor equipment checks, checking the garden before each use
  • To ensure the nursery is kept clean and hygienic at all times and to carry out cleaning duties throughout the day following the Infection Control Policy
  • To carry out regular cleaning of equipment and that it is recorded accurately
  • To ensure that equipment and resources used are of suitable design and condition, well maintained and conform to safety standards and that it is used for the purpose in which it was designed
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant socialisation and role modelling of good table manners and sharing
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times
  • Work within the margins of confidentially respecting information pertaining to children, parents and staff
  • Manage own time to complete tasks effectively, prioritising workload and delegating tasks where necessary

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can play, learn and develop
  • Communication skills and basic ICT Skills

Personal qualities

  • Able to create a warm and welcoming environment
  • An ability to use own initiative and share ideas and information
  • A willingness to learn skills in identifying and meeting the children’s needs individually and within a group
  • A willingness to learn skills in observation and recording
  • Willing to learn good knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage framework and how to put the document into practise
  • The ability to work within a team, maintaining positive relationships and developing productive teamwork
  • Listen to advice/constructive criticism from peers/management and act upon it

Desired qualifications

GCSE or equivalent in maths and English at a pass grade 4/C

Future prospects

To complete your qualification.

Things to consider

  • Shift work
  • Free meal and pudding with every shift
  • On the job training

About the employer

We are a small family run nursery with 3 areas – under 3’s, pre-school and out of school club. We also have an onsite soft play, sensory room and garden spaces.

Employer

Splatz

Address

3

Foundry Way

St. Neots

PE19 8TR

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Training

Training provider

CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College

Contact

Camilla 07814507777

On the job training plus a paid day at college to complete the Early Years Educator standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)


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