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Apprenticeship in Childcare Dingley Family & Specialist Early Years Centres

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience. This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a week.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £144.30

    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

    Shifts may be 30 - 40hrs Mon-Fri between 8am - 6pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001783455

  • Positions

    1 available

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience.

This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a week to gain your apprenticeship qualification. Activities include:

  • Maintain accurate and effective children’s records
  • Respond appropriately to issues requiring confidentiality
  • Support, promote and implement policies relating to diversity and equality
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Work with the team to ensure the smooth running of the nursery day
  • Work in partnership with parents
  • Attend parent events and meetings as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Previous experience in childcare is not a necessity but can help
  • A genuine interest in wanting to care for children is essential

Personal qualities

  • Learners must be caring, professional and able to work well as a team
  • Good time keeping, patience and enthusiasm are all positive qualities for nursery assistants
  • Reliable, punctual and trustworthy
  • Enjoys being creative
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm at all times
  • An understanding of and respect for the diversity of families
  • Appropriate level of responsiblity and personal confidence
  • A willingness to reflect on their own practice
  • The candidate can demonstrate an awareness of confidentiality requirements and basic understanding of child safeguarding

Desired qualifications

  • No qualifications are required for this apprenticeship
  • Functional skills including maths and English are covered as part of the apprenticeship as is Paediatric first aid. A clear CRB may be required by the nursery

Future prospects

Learners can use this qualification to go into various care roles. You can progress onto the advanced apprenticeship and work your way up in the nursery going into team leading and management roles. You could also use your experience to go into teaching, nursing, midwifery, play work and social work. There are many directions you can go with your apprenticeship should you wish.

Things to consider

Childcare is not about playing with babies all day. There will be a variety of activities to plan and deliver each day. You may have key children that you look after and will have to communicate with staff, children, managers and parents at the nursery. There will be a lot of cleaning to do and you may have to work long hours, although this will vary with each employer. It is hard work but it is very rewarding.


About the employer

At Dingley’s Promise we strive to provide the best start for every child.

We support children in the early years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to achieve their full potential.

We aim to:

  • Seek excellence in our specialist early years intervention
  • Develop a greater inclusion and enable more children to
    access mainstream settings
  • Help families to access the appropriate support services for
    their child’s needs
  • Ensure every child transitions into the best educational
    setting for them

Employer

Dingley Family & Specialist Early Years Centres

Address

Kennet Walk Community Centre

Kenavon Drive

Reading

RG1 3DG

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Training

Training provider

CHILTERN TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Chiltern Training Ltd

Contact

Admissions Team 0118 9566995 enquiries@chilterntraining.org

  • Level 2/3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner/Educator depending on previous experience and qualifications
  • Intermediate apprentices will attend day release
  • Advanced can choose between day release or evening classes
  • Apprenticeships are made up of the Diploma plus Functional Skills in maths and English and Paediatric First Aid certificate

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)


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