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Apprentice Childcare Practitioner Puddleducks Pre School

Are you passionate about providing excellent preschool experiences for children? If yes, then Puddleducks, based in Over, are looking to attract an apprentice to join their team.

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday with paid day release into CRC college on a Wednesday as part of their contracted hours of employment. Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm with breaks. *The contracted hours of work and pay are during term-time only, 38 weeks per year.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    15 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Reports to: Childcare Manager

Job Purpose:

With close mentoring support, to deliver a high standard of learning, development and safe care for children aged from 2 to primary school age. To develop a positive rapport with parents to increase involvement in their child’s development. To be responsible for any tasks delegated by the Childcare Manager. To complete all academic aspects of the apprenticeship.

The apprentice Childcare Practitioner will:

  • Help prepare and set out the setting before the children arrive and help tidy it up at the end of the session. Daily risk assessments
  • Listen to, stimulate, encourage and ensure the safety of the children and protect them
  • Be a key person for a small group of children, keep individual developmental records, take daily observations, and ensure their Tapestry profile remains up to date. Set challenging but achievable next steps and implement the curriculum with weekly planning and stimulating age appropriate activities
  • Encourage parental involvement
  • Be willing to attend relevant meetings and undertake courses as directed by the management, or for your own CPD
  • Take part in any special events and outings
  • Liaise with the management about any matters of concern
  • Any information regarding the children, their families or any other staff member, which is learnt as part of the job should remain confidential
  • Work in a safe manner
  • Help plan and then take part in all the group’s activities
  • Abide by the organisation policies and procedures. During the probationary period it will be expected that you read, abide and sign copies of policies, code of conduct and relevant procedures
  • Take on a coordinator role if requested (mentored by line manager)
  • Undertake a Child Protection course, Basic Food Hygiene Certificate and First Aid as mandatory
  • Undertake other training courses set by the manager or for your own CPD
  • Liaise with parents/carers and other staff to ensure all children have equal opportunities and experiences within the setting, while being aware of individual needs
  • Work and support children with special needs
  • Undertake certain domestic jobs (e.g. preparation of snacks and cleaning of equipment to ensure health and safety requirements are met and may include reasonable tasks as directed by the management)
  • Assist the staff and committee team in promoting Puddleducks’ positive image and maintaining its reputation in the sector and community
  • Be mindful and aware of Equal Opportunities
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the sessional leader
  • Administer First Aid as necessary (if First Aid course has been attended)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to work on your own initiative
  • Empathy and understanding of children under five
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills with children and parents. Ability to write reports and keep clear and accurate records
  • Administrative and basic IT skills
  • Calm and caring nature

Personal qualities

  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and flexible
  • A commitment to quality in all areas, with a high level of motivation and enthusiasm
  • Able to perform under stress
  • A creative thinker
  • A good sense of humour

Desired qualifications

GCSEs in English and Maths grades A-D/ 9-3 (or the equivalent). 

Future prospects

This apprenticeship (at Level 2) could lead to a permanent practitioner role and opportunities to continue on to a Level 3.

Things to consider

Working with young children is a challenging and also an extremely rewarding and satisfying job. You really can make a difference to the lives of children and their families.

The pre-school operates 38 weeks open hours setting alongside the academic year. The apprentice contracted hours of work and pay will be agreed as term-time only. The apprenticeship length of programme would therefore be extended to reflect the term-time hours.

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

About the employer

Puddleducks is a committee-run charity organisation that provides pre-school education to the children of Over and the surrounding areas. Children can start Puddleducks from 2 years and we support their development up to primary school age.

Puddleducks is a member of the Early Years Alliance (EYA). As such, we have adopted the constitution of the EYA and encourage all aspects of development to give each child a secure foundation on which to build future learning, as well as to contribute to the enjoyment of their early childhood.

Our aims at Puddleducks are to provide:

  • High quality care and learning opportunities by experienced and qualified staff
  • A balanced curriculum
  • A safe, stimulating and welcoming environment
  • Equal opportunities for all children
  • Clear policies and procedures
  • The opportunity for parents and carers to be involved


Puddleducks Pre School


Over Community Centre

Drings Close, The Doles

CB24 5NW

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College


Camilla 01223 418778

  • Direct experience, knowledge of working in an early years setting, putting the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) into practice, policies and procedures
  • Day release attendance on a Wednesday at Cambridge campus

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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