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Apprentice Childcare Practitioner Little Oaks Nursery

Do you want a career working with children? Come and work in a friendly, professional environment and learn all the skills you need to start your fantastic career in childcare.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts will be between 07:15 and 18:00. 51 weeks of the year (closed between Christmas and New Year).

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    05 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Responsibilities will include:

  • To work with children
  • To safeguard all children
  • To attend training
  • To complete all assignments set
  • To work cooperatively as part of a team
  • To attend associated training
  • To liaise with mentor
  • Attending college (If applicable) and completing assignments to a high standard and on time
  • To attend team meetings and imputing ideas
  • Under supervision, provide all aspects of care for children including changing and feeding
  • To assist with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • To provide adult interaction with children in the nursery
  • To be aware of and implement all the nursery’s policies and procedures
  • Support all staff and engage in a cooperative highly motivated and productive staff team
  • To attend out of working hours’ activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, parent’s evenings, fairs etc.
  • Contribute to high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in nursery

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the line manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good timekeeping skills


  • Knowledge of the range of ways that children learn
  • Relevant experience for the post
  • Working with children of relevant age
  • Working with children/young people with SEN and/or social, emotional, and mental health difficulties
  • General technical/resource support

Personal qualities

  • Confident and enjoys working as part of a team
  • An enthusiastic personality with a ‘can-do' attitude
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Work constructively as part of a team, understanding roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
  • Ability to respond calmly and use initiative
  • Conscientious
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to remain calm
  • A positive approach to continuous learning and development
  • Team player
  • Commitment to all CPD offered
  • The ability to engage with and work with children, their families, other practitioners, and professionals in a positive way
  • The ability to use initiative to ensure the smooth running of the setting

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English or AS levels (or equivalent) would be an advantage. Acceptance is subject to college interview, initial assessment and taking a skill area test.

Future prospects

Possible progression to next level of study (Level 3).

Things to consider

You will be expected to be flexible with the working hours to ensure ratios are maintained. During the year you will be expected to participate in additional events out of the normal working hours, for example, parent’s evening and Open days.

There is a degree of lifting and carrying that you will need to be able to carry out.

This setting is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

There is a requirement to submit to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau background check.

Starting wage £5.00 per hour.

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About the employer

We are based on the same site as Ireland Wood Children’s Centre and provide childcare for children aged 3 months to 4 years old. Together we have created a safe, secure environment where children can play and explore freely and learn about the world around them.

We are not for profit charity, which ensures any extra funding is used to enhance the nursery environment and resources to meet the needs of children in our care. We seek the views of parents and carers and use this feedback to further enhance our provision.

Our team work together to create an environment where children feel secure, and activities are provided which will foster a sense of curiosity and need to explore in each and every child.


Little Oaks Nursery


Raynel Gardens


LS16 6BW

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Training provider

Luminate Education Group

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leeds City College


Leeds City College 0113 284 6464

You will develop skills on the job where you will be supported by a workplace mentor.  An Assessor from Leeds City College will visit you on a regular basis to support your learning journey

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Length of Programme: 17 months’ variable.  Mode of delivery: one day in college per month.

End Point Assessment:

The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Multiple choice Exam
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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