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Apprentice Nursery Practitioner-Lingley Mere Nursery, Warrington, WA5 3LP, ref SB123 Stepping Stones Lingley Mere

Stepping Stones Group are looking for someone to provide a high standard of all areas of learning & developmental care for all children in the nursery, to give support to other team members, to work as part of a team to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can access continuous provision, play, learn and develop.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    You will cover various shifts, covering the opening times of the setting - Monday to Friday and be a minimum of 30 hours per week

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Sep 2021

  • Date posted

    29 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • To comply with all SSG policies and procedures
  • To operate a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children in your area in conjunction with other team members
  • To give children the choice and the freedom to spend their leisure time their own way
  • To listen to children about any concerns or worries they may have, acting as an advocate or mediator when appropriate

Fulfil the observation, planning & assessment cycle which includes: 

  • To keep up to date records of your key children’s development and learning journeys and share this with parents, carers, and other key adults in the child’s life
  • To work in partnership with the parents, other family members, carers and their children by respecting and understanding their individual needs and always maintaining courtesy and confidentiality
  • To form strong attachments and nurturing relationships with the children in your care
  • To be aware and alert to situations of child neglect and abuse and act in accordance with the Child Protection and safeguarding guidelines
  • To offer equality of opportunity for all
  • To liaise with other professional bodies such as Ofsted, when needed
  • Be aware of and work appropriately in relation to confidential and sensitive information
  • To encourage fair and caring behaviour, among the children and staff
  • To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs
  • To ensure that children are being well always supervised
  • Ensure and maintain a safe, secure, and friendly environment for the children in accordance with the current EYFS, Ofsted, H&S and Food Hygiene regulations and guidelines.
  • To ensure that the children are being stimulated and that appropriate play activities are being delivered in respect of their age and ability. Consideration must be given to the individual needs of the child with regards to their race, religion, social, gender, and culture differences
  • To be a positive role model for the children
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing supervising the children at mealtimes, assisting them if needed and promoting / providing healthy choices for the children to consume and drink. The children’s food needs to be prepared and consumed in hygienic surroundings. Always remembering meal/snack times are social times and engaging with the child throughout this time is essential
  • To assist in washing and toileting of children and to teach children to learn personal hygiene
  • Ensure that the nursery’s property is kept clean and tidy and that children are encouraged to respect their surroundings
  • To provide materials, equipment to create play spaces in a responsible and safe way
  • To develop your role within the team and establish and maintain good working relationships
  • To develop your role within the team especially with regard as a key person
  • Ensure regular checks on resources and equipment which include their cleaning, maintenance and occasionally disposal
  • To be flexible within working practices of the nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery
  • To be enthusiastic, cheerful, and always have a sense of humour
  • To ensure handbooks are completed

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to communicate well with adults and children
  • To be able to demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to be confidential is of the utmost importance
  • Good presentation skills
  • Computer literate
  • Specialist skills (i.e SEN), Safeguarding training, First Aid, Food Hygiene

Personal qualities

  • Good organisational skills
  • Demonstrate creative ability
  • Motivated and eager to learn new skills
  • Confident and a great personality
  • Fun
  • Good manners
  • Punctual
  • Able to use own initiative

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)
  • A level 2 qualification (or experience) if you want to do the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Future prospects

Opportunity for ongoing employment and further progression for the successful candidate 

Things to consider

  • Before confirming your appointment / employment, you will be required to obtain either the relevant DBS or PVG enhanced disclosure, this must be cleared
  • A minimum of two references must be obtained and checked; one must be your previous employer

About the employer

Our longest-running nursery having opened in 1996, Stepping Stones at Lingley Mere in Warrington is situated on Lingley Green Avenue within the Great Sankey Business Park. The nursery was awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in August 2017.

We cater for children from six weeks to five years in a warm, homely environment where our dedicated team can help your child progress and develop. We’re fortunate to have a large outdoor play area with multiple surfaces available to all children at all times of day, so they can get as much fresh air as possible.

We always have a good mix of ages and divide our spaces into separate areas for the different age groups, with various sessions on offer during the week from physical activities to French lessons as well as local trips, such as zoos and museums.


Stepping Stones Lingley Mere


United Utilities

Lingley Green Avenue



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eden Training Solutions


Sally Baldwin 07764966256

Early years Practitioner level 2 apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

If you already have a level 2 qualification and would like to progress to the Level 3 Early Years Educator, then please do apply!

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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