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Apprentice Nursery Manager Willows Farm Day Nursery Ltd

We are expanding and are looking for a full time, Qualified Preschool Room Leader to join our team. In this unique and varied role, your term time will be spent running the preschool room, and then you will have the opportunity to assist in the management of our busy Holiday Club during school holidays!

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Closing date: 29 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £22,880.00 - £23,500.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, times to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    27 months

  • Possible start date

    30 May 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To take full day to day responsibility for the efficient running of the room facility
  • To help maintain staff records and assist with appraisals and supervisions
  • To provide an attractive stimulating range of equipment, activities and displays relevant to the age and needs of the children in the setting, which encourage independence, self motivation and eagerness to learn
  • To establish, in conjunction with the childcare SENCO, individual programmes for any children with special needs
  • To treat information of matters relating to the work within the setting as confidential
  • To ensure any injury or accident or suspicion of non accidental injury are recorded correctly or reported
  • To ensure a high standard of hygiene in relation to staff, children, equipment and surroundings
  • To ensure Kids play policies and procedures are followed at all times
  • To ensure that the Ofsted standards including EYFS is followed at all times
  • To support the nursery manager in striving to deliver an outstanding setting
  • Assist in the recruitment process for your allocated age group. Helping students and trainees to settle in and make a contribution to the assessment of the students and trainees performance and to ensure high standards are continually being met
  • To open and close the nursery alongside deputy and nursery manager
  • Any other duties that maybe required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will be confident in all areas of the EYFS, and delivering planning, supporting and mentoring other staff and leading the team forward
  • You will work closely with and assist the Nursery and Deputy Manager and step up when required. You will ideally have experience in a similar role, either as a current Room Leader or with experience of "stepping up" when required

Personal qualities

  • We are looking for a confident current Room Leader
  • You will be motivated to hit the ground running and add value to our fun and hard working team. You will thrive in a busy environment, and always be on hand with new ideas and activities
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and flexible
  • A commitment to quality in all areas, with a high level of motivation and enthusiasm
  • Able to perform under stress
  • A creative thinker

Desired qualifications

  • Must have GCSE C/4 or above or equivalent in Maths & English.
  • You will be confident in all areas of the EYFS and implement accordingly, and have experience in a similar role
  • You must have a relevant early years qualification, ideally level 3 or above
  • You will be qualified in Childcare to a minimum of Level 3

Future prospects

Possibility of gaining a full time working contract upon successful completion of apprenticeship programme. 

About the employer

Fresh air, nature based play and farm animals are aplenty at Willows Farm Day Nursery and Pre-School, set amidst the grounds of Willows Activity Farm.

  •  Ofsted registered childcare
  •  From 6 weeks to 5 years old
  •  Regular parent meetings
  •  Access to Willows Activity Farm
  •  Funded places available in Pre-school
  •  Countryside location at award winning farm attraction
  •  Purpose built nursery
  •  Healthy and nutritious meals made onsite
  •  Willows Members discount
  •  Online Learning Journal
  •  Open 7.00am to 7.00pm
  •  Qualified and experienced staff
  •  Structured educational play
  •  All childcare vouchers accepted
  •  Free formula milk for babies


Willows Farm Day Nursery Ltd


Courses Road



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Training provider

Education and Skills

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Education and Skills


Steph Jones

Entry Requirements: 19+
We would typically ask that the candidate has already completed the Level 3 EYE course (Page 9) but this will be decided on a case by case basis.

L5 NCFE Diploma For The Early Years Senior Practitioner:
The aim of the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner qualification is to support leadership and management skills in early years and the knowledge and skills relating to the early years practice. The Early Years Senior Practitioner will be a positive role model for the team.
Through clear leadership and effective management, the Senior Practitioner will support and promote best practice within legislative requirements to enable quality provision.

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Apprenticeship standard

Early years lead practitioner

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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