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Apprentice Nursery Practitioner - The Rocking Horse Day Nursery, Towcester, NN12 8FR - ref - CB036 THE ROCKING HORSE DAY NURSERY LIMITED

The Rocking Horse Day Nursery has a fantastic opportunity for a driven and passionate individual to join their team. You must be prepared to be a proactive member of the team, providing a safe, stimulating, and inclusive environment in which babies and young children are supported.

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Closing date: 22 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    25 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Responsibilities will include:

  • To create a warm and welcoming environment
  • An ability to use own initiative, share ideas and information
  • A willingness to learn new skills in observation and recording on I-connect (online journal), reflection and evaluation
  • A willingness to learn skills in identifying and meeting children’s needs- individually and within a group
  • Learn good knowledge of EYFS framework and how to put the document into practice
  • 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 the Nursery's equality policy
  • To attend Safeguarding Children training and become familiar with the Nursery's Safeguarding Children policy and procedures
  • To attend occasional staff meetings outside if working hours (time for this will be compensated)
  • A willingness to continue with training to aid both the nursery and your own personal development
  • To be committed to completing any relevant training
  • Cleaning and general housekeeping duties

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working with children

Personal qualities

  • Motivated and eager to learn new skills
  • Confident
  • Great personality
  • Fun
  • Good manners
  • Punctual
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Genuine interest in working in a childcare environment
  • Work well within a team
  • Able to take direction

Desired qualifications


  • GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English
  • If you would like to apply for the Level 3, ideally you will have the level 2 qualification and/or relevant experience

Future prospects

For the successful candidate there may be an opportunity to continue employment and further progression.

About the employer

The Rocking Horse Day Nursery registered in 1997 and is on the Early Years Register. It operates from purpose built single storey premises in the village of Greens Norton and serves the local area. Babies and toddlers are based in group rooms with associated toilet and changing facilities in the main building, the entrance to which is accessed by four small steps.

Pre-school children are based in the porta-cabin with its own toilet facilities, the entrance to which is accessed by a number of small steps. There is an enclosed outdoor play area for outside play. The nursery is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm all year round with the exception of bank holidays.

Children attend for a variety of sessions. There are currently 79 children attending who are in the early years age group. The nursery provides funded early education for three- and four-year-old children. It supports children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and children who speak English as an additional language.

A total of 19 staff work directly with the children, including two with Qualified Teacher Status and Early Years Professional Status, and one qualified at level 4. Eleven staff hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3, and four members of staff hold qualifications at level 2. The nursery receives support from the local authority.





Freemans Way


NN12 8FR

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eden Training Solutions


Caitlyn Blakeway 01709889868

Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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