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Nursery Apprentice LEEDS MENCAP

The Jimbo’s Community Nursery is looking for two confident and skilled Nursery Apprentices to support the childcare team to deliver high standards of care and education within the mainstream nursery.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm. Shift TBC

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

General Operational:

  • Ensure that all Ofsted requirements are met
  • Ensure the efficient and hygienic upkeep of the rooms and facilities
  • Ensure the confidentiality of information about families accessing the setting, complying with Data Protection Act
  • Assess the safety of equipment and resources within the setting
  •  Keep up to date with the nutritional needs of the children, so that that specialist diets are adhered to and to ensure individual feeding programmes are implemented
  • To provide cover to deliver within the setting as needed
  • Any other duties and tasks as requested, to support organisational activities, such as fundraising events and staff meetings

Relationships with children and families:

  • Establish fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships with children, by communicating sensitively and effectively with children
  • Listen to children, pay attention to what they say and respect their views
  • Establish fair, respectful, trusting and constructive relationships with families and parents/carers, and communicate sensitively and effectively with them
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members, providing formal and informal opportunities through which information about children’s well-being, development and learning can be shared to improve outcomes
  • To ensure effective means of communication to families using the centre regarding the provision, including through letters home, notice boards, etc.

Staff and Team Development:

  • Complete a staff induction programme
  • Attend and positively contribute to staff meetings
  • Attend relevant training courses


  • To work under the guidance of the Room Leader
  • To establish positive working relationships with your colleagues and any other professionals that work with the children and their families

High Standards of Care and Education for the Children:

  • Effectively implement the settings policies and procedures
  • Positively promote the children’s health, safety and general wellbeing
  • Protect children from danger
  • Liaise with parents/carers to help ensure that the particular needs of children are met and that parental choice is considered in terms of care given
  • Sustain a safe, welcoming, purposeful, stimulating and encouraging environment
  • Promote the use of informed observation and other strategies to monitor children’s activity, development and progress systematically and carefully, and to use this information to inform, plan and improve practice and provision
  • Support the process of effective assessment, by accurately recording the children’s developmental progress
  • Plan and provide safe, appropriate, child-led and adult initiated experiences, activities and play opportunities in indoor, outdoor and in out-of-setting contexts, which enable children to develop and learn
  • Select, prepare and use a range of resources suitable for children’s ages, interests and abilities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion
  • Actively support the development of children’s language and communication skills
  • Promote positive behaviour, self-control and independence through using effective behaviour management strategies and developing children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills
  • Work in partnership with parents, colleagues and other professionals to ensure co-ordinated support for children with additional needs

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Experience with children desirable but not necessary.

Personal qualities

  • Confident and enjoys working as part of a team
  • An enthusiastic personality with a ‘can-do' attitude
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English or AS levels (or equivalent) would be an advantage.

Acceptance is subject to college interview, initial assessment and taking a skill area test.

Future prospects

Nursery Practitioner Post’s, SEND Practitioner Post’s, Room Leader Post’s etc.

Things to consider

  • £8.19 per hour
  • Please review the current Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

About the employer

Leeds Mencap opened a purpose built nursery, Jimbo’s Community Nursery, in 2016. The nursery, after school club and holiday club offers childcare to children aged 0- 11 years. Jimbo’s Community Nursery includes a specialist playroom for children with additional needs.





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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leeds City College


Leeds City College 0113 284 6464

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner 15 months + 3 months EPA

Development of skills will be supported by a workplace mentor in conjunction with one full day in college per month. An assessor will undertake workplace visits and will support the apprentice with their learning and employment.

We will oversee the teaching and learning around the knowledge, skills and behaviour elements of the standard, outlined below. We will manage the apprentice’s OneFile account ensuring targets, milestones and deadlines are achieved.


  • Technology
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Skills
  • Developing strategies for support
  • Communication and team work
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess
  • Using Technology
  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils

Other off the job training will be monitored through the one file, Practical training, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits. Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments will also be coached and monitored.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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