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Nursery Assistant Apprentice Oakhill Community Nursery Ltd

Oakhill Community Nursery are looking for an enthusiastic, caring and motivated individual to join their team of professionals, providing a high standard of childcare for children between the ages of 6 months - 5 years.

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Closing date: 01 Dec 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

    Monday - Friday, times to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Scope of Position:

  • To contribute to a high standard of physical, emotional and social and developmental care for children in the nursery through the creation of a stimulating, caring, inviting environment.
  • To  ensure the developmental needs of the children are met through the provision of a planned  early years’ curriculum  in accordance with The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Every Child Matters Guidelines
  • To work as part of the staff team to uphold the ethos and high standards of the nursery in accordance with all policies, procedures and practices
  • To welcome, support and work in partnership with parents and carers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Children’s Care and Development

  • To ensure all children are well looked after by providing high levels of basic care, implementing the daily routine in the rooms, responding appropriately when they are ill and treating them respectfully at all times.
  • To complete all necessary forms deemed necessary by the nursery for the proper care of the children. E.g. regarding nappy changes, bathroom checks, nursery opening/ closing procedures and administration of medicines differentiated (for level 3s only).  
  • To ensure the educational needs of each child are met by contributing to the overall staff planning, preparation and presentation of a program of activities to suit each child’s developmental stage.
  • To facilitate enjoyable, meaningful, challenging and stimulating children’s activities using indoor and outdoor settings, and by acquiring, making and pooling appropriate materials and resources.
  • To make adaptations and changes to plans, activities and resources to best meet the children’s interests and needs.
  • To endeavour to ensure the setting and activities of the nursery meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious background.
  • To attend children’s trips outside the nursery and contribute toward advance planning for these excursions, including attending advance reconnaissance visits.
  • To develop your role as the key person by fostering positive relationships with your key children and their parents or carers, and completing an individual plan for each child to meet their needs in line with EYFS guidelines.
  • To carry out targeted activity groups with your key children in order to improve all aspects of their development and evaluate their progress and interests through observation; also to identify opportunities to observe them on an ad hoc basis.
  • To keep proper records about all observations of your key children during targeted and general activities, and also make brief notes about other children, as appropriate.
  • To maintain your key children’s Personal Learning Journal to a high standard and write progress reports, as required.
  • To ensure you record accidents, incidents, and any pertinent information received or observed about any child, in the appropriate books and logs as indicated by management.
  • To record and report to fellow practitioners, your manager, or parent as appropriate,  any concerns/ problems regarding child’s health, development, behaviour or safeguarding issues.
  • To identify behavioural or developmental issues which need attention, and with a room senior, devise and implement plans to support the child.
  • To act as a positive role model for the children at all times, particularly at mealtimes, and uphold and contribute to setting limits and boundaries regarding their behaviour.
  • To endeavour to ensure the nursery setting meets the needs of individual children and that activities are differentiated to accommodate children at different stages of development.

Parents and Carers

  • To develop positive relationships with parents and carers, working closely with them to maximise the welfare and development of their children.
  • To fully integrate new children into the nursery by following the nursery’s settling-in procedure and develop a care plan for new children through liaison with parents.
  • To share with parents of their child’s successes, achievements, accidents, incidents, and inform them nursery events and concerns, through verbal or written feedback, and photos.
  • To advise and support parents with their children’s development where appropriate, such as regarding toilet training or weaning.
  • To encourage parental involved in the nursery, and work alongside them and their children during shared room activities.

Health and Safety

  • To ensure that good levels of health and safety are maintained in all the children’s environments and that the children feel safe and secure in order to develop.
  • To take shared responsibility at all times, for the safety and security of the building, garden, rooms, resources, play materials and equipment,
  • To develop a general awareness of unhealthy, unhygienic and unsafe situations or resources and swiftly rectifying the issue yourself if possible, otherwise reporting issues to management.
  • To take special care to ensure high standards of hygiene are exercised throughout the nursery at all times, for example by wiping noses, and paying close attention to hand hygiene and  ‘floor contamination’, particularly at mealtimes.
  • To consider required staff: child ratios and assess levels of competency of room staff before choosing to leave a room without permission, whether during or at the end of your shift.
  • To consider possible risks in all your duties and to contribute to risk assessments.


  • To contribute towards meaningful staff teamwork by communicating effectively with and supporting fellow staff members to ensure continuity of care for every child through the day and week.
  • To develop your role within the team by sharing ideas, information, resources and skills, and supporting the professional development of your colleagues and trainees.
  • To be flexible within your working practice, sharing tasks, and taking a level responsibility for all children in the nursery, even those not under your direct care.
  • To work independently, and with initiative, and be responsible for your own time management, as required.
  • To attend all necessary meetings, including reviews, case conferences, and staff/ peer/ group meetings and have completed any required preparation in advance.
  • To assist managers and staff during Ofsted Inspections and with the implementation of any recommendations.
  • To carry out all duties in a friendly, helpful diplomatic and professional manner and in accordance with the nursery’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • To keep up-to-date with current developments in research, policy and practice in your field of work and be willing to learn new skills to enhance your professional development.
  • To undertake any other tasks within the scope of the role, as required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills.

Personal qualities

  • Team work.
  • Hardworking.
  • Patient.
  • Caring.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Passionate.
  • Ambitious.
  • Motivated.

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs grade C/4 in Maths and English Language or above preferable (or equivalent).

Future prospects

  • Further Training and potential full-time employment.

Things to consider

  • Childcare is a very demanding industry with long hours and early starts.
  • It requires you to be active for the majority of the day.
  • It is also a very rewarding job as you will have an invaluable impact of the development of the children.

About the employer

Our aim is to provide high quality care and education for all children who attend, by delivering an active play based learning programme in a caring, safe, welcoming, relaxed, stimulating and vibrant environment. The environment reflects the diversity of social and cultural backgrounds of the community and all children, parents/carers and families are valued and respected.


Oakhill Community Nursery Ltd



Wallbutton Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Care First Training Limited


Sam Keeble 07495 553353

Early years educator includes:

  • Level 3 Childcare.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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