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The role of a Childcare Apprentice is a special opportunity to develop knowledge, skills & behaviours in the workplace while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. While working with us you will be expected to undertake a variety of duties subject to appropriate training and consistently adhere to the policies, procedures & code of conduct.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £192.40 to £380.00

    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 to be confirmed between either 8.00am - 5.00pm or 9.00am - 6.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    19 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:

  • To provide the highest standards of quality care and education in accordance with the EYFS
  • To ensure that health and safety and security measures are constantly maintained
  • To be aware of and act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedures
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of all the company’s policies and procedures – ensuring that they are always followed. Confidentiality outside of the nursery must be maintained
  • To proactively plan prepare and contribute to a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area in conjunction with other staff
  • To keep a proper and accurate record of achievement on your key children in the progress folders for LKD, parents and pre-school
  • Under direction of the Manager, work alongside parents of special needs children to give full integration in the Nursery
  • To assist in foreseeing the needs of Special Needs children and give physical, emotional, intellectual guidance as appropriate
  • To support all staff and engage in good team practises ensuring that all communication is polite and courteous
  • To work in close partnership and to develop and maintain good relationships with parents / carers 
  • and other family members and be available for meetings that may occasionally be outside of normal work hours
  • To keep up to date with current issues that affect nurseries and to attend staff meetings and training as directed by your line manager
  • To work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the vision, philosophy and objectives behind Little Kingdom Daycare are fulfilled
  • To share relevant information and ensure that information passed between parents and staff is communicated to your line manager
  • To maintain confidentiality about all issues related to children and their families; you’re own and other staff members issues and any other management or operational issues, this includes social media

To develop your role within the team especially in your capacity as a key worker:   

  • Plan learning activities for the key groups and include differentiation within the activities  
  • Keep children's progress folders up to date including photographs 
  • Complete observations and 4 monthly summaries on time

Specific Child Care Tasks: 

  • To be proactive in the preparation and completion of activities to suit the child's stage of development
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing
  • Washing and changing children as required
  • Providing comfort and warmth to all children
  • To interact and engage with the children in accordance with the children’s individual needs
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet all aspects of the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times
  • To be an ambassador for Little Kingdom Daycare, both within the nursery and in the wider community
  • To ensure that clean and hygienic standards are maintained at all times. This includes daily cleaning rotas, nappy changing and other nursery/housekeeping duties

Daily you will be expected to engage with the children through play and activities to ensure that the children are fully engaged throughout the day. You will need to be flexible in the role and carry out all tasks and duties as requested while supporting the other staff within the setting, this can include domestic tasks such as preparing snacks and cleaning equipment. You will be expected to always maintain an excellent level of professionalism and provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the children. 

You will need to be committed to your professional learning and development while completing your studies and apply the theoretical knowledge that you learn with your training provider to your practice in the setting. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Organised, self-disciplined, own initiative, caring, able to plan activities, good written skills, must engage with children and staff

Personal qualities

  • Friendly, creative, lively, easy to get along with, work as part of a team  

Desired qualifications

  • NVQ2 qualified, English GCSE

Future prospects

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

Things to consider

  • You need to be responsible for a small group of babies/children and follow instruction from the Manager

About the employer

We would like to introduce you to Little Kingdom Daycare, a wonderful family run nursery in Reading providing excellent child care to those families who seek a caring and educational environment for their children.​

Within Little Kingdom Daycare we care for children from birth to 11 years old, as well as offering before and after school provision and during the school holidays.

​‘’We believe that early years development is the foundation for a child’s journey through life’’​

Little Kingdom Daycare's vision is that every child will be able to say ‘I matter’ and ‘I can,' within a frame work of totally consistent values and high expectations where every child will reach their own full potential whist enjoying play and learning together. 





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Training provider

Education and Skills

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Education and Skills


Steph Jones

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

Entry Requirements:

  • Learners must be aged 16 or over. We do not set any other entry requirements but employers may have their own guidelines at the recruitment stage

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for The Early Years Practitioner:

  • The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years
  • The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce. This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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