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Apprentice Nursery Practitioner Cumnor House Treetops Nursery School

An exciting and unique opportunity to work and train in a thriving and outstanding independent school and train alongside a qualified Teacher and experienced staff in our 51-week nursery with children aged 2-4.

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Closing date: 28 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    07 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

As an Apprentice Nursery Practitioner, you are responsible for supporting the progress of all the children in your class. With the support and guidance from the class teacher, as you progress you will be assigned Key Children and be responsible for preparing and delivering activities throughout the week and contributing to end of year reports, next steps, online learning journeys and weekly planning.

Safeguarding children is paramount to everything that we do at Cumnor House. You will be expected to engage in safeguarding training provided, read and comply with all safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure that all safeguarding concerns are reported in appropriately in line with the policy. 

Daily you will be a role model for the children setting high expectations and managing behaviour. You will be expected to always maintain a level of professionalism including following the staff dress code and ensuring appropriate language is used at all times towards staff and children. With your team you will be responsible for ensuring the classroom environment is set up correctly at the start of the day and that the classroom is kept tidy and replenished. 

In addition, you will train alongside experienced staff and have internal and external training to deliver intimate care, complete risk assessments and deliver first aid following the school policies and recording it correctly. When ready and agreed by the class teacher, manager, or Head of Early Years, you will perform these duties alone to support your team. First Aid will only be approved once you have completed your Paediatric First Aid training, which will be provided by the school once you have passed your probation period. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of ICT
  • Knowledge of the EYFS

Personal qualities

  • Compassionate
  • Empathy
  • Sense of fun
  • Willingness to learn
  • Teamwork

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

Progression to the level 3 apprenticeship upon completion.

Things to consider

Candidates will need to complete the application form either with us or before attending interview. We will also need at least one reference before a formal interview. We are happy to have an informal tour to support with the paper work before. 

About the employer

Cumnor House is an outstanding independent school and part of the Cognita Group. We have two nurseries that are coeducational that feed into our Boys and Girls school located in Purley and South Croydon.

We only take on two apprentices a year and have a unique professional development programme that will continue to support you to gain your level 3 but also after as well. This could be taking the next steps to teacher training, learning more about forest school or becoming a deputy manager. We make sure we are supporting and promoting excellent practitioners. Many of our current Nursery Managers and Teachers started as Nursery Practitioners in one of our nurseries.

In addition, all staff including apprentices have excellent wellbeing packages. We believe that happy staff create happy places for children to learn and thrive from small gestures such as a free coffee machine with coffee pods in the cosy staff room, to allowing staff to wear their own clothes or Friday breakfasts, we try to create a place of work that everyone can enjoy.

With this in mind, we also have excellent staff packages; all staff get paid lunches, a free healthy lunch and snacks on site, their own iPad, free parking, excellent sickness benefits, excellent maternity leave, 25 days holiday, flexible working hours, staff shop with discounts on cars, utility bills and gym membership, staff recognition and social events.


Cumnor House Treetops Nursery School



Pampisford Road

South Croydon


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Childcare Company

Over the course of 15 months (dependent upon the level of course an apprentice is being enrolled onto), you will study units such as health & safety in a childcare setting, holistic child development, safeguarding in a childcare setting, child development, communication with children, purposeful play and educational programmes, supporting children with special educational needs, collaborative working in early years childcare, wellbeing principles for children and at higher levels, child protection, data, supporting key life transitions and behaviour management (these modules may differ).

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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