Apprenticeship in Childcare English Martyrs Catholic Church

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: 23 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £140.00

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday-Friday

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    25 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001167105

  • Positions

    2 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. The candidates will be expected to: 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

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 maturity and personal confidence 
A willingness to reflect on their own practise 
The candidate can demonstrate an awareness of confidentiality requirements and basic understanding of child safeguarding.

Qualifications required

No qualifications are required for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

To undertake the Advanced Apprenticeship candidates will need to achieve or already have achieved a GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalents) prior to completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship. ICT Functional Skills will be 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.

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. From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

English Martyrs Pre-School is a popular pre-school that provides a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for all children aged 2 to 5 years. It has a large hall and a secure garden area for up to 26 children at any one time.

Employer

English Martyrs Catholic Church

Address

Liebenrood Road

Reading

RG30 2EB

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Training provider

Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People's Workforce or Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce depending on previous experience and qualifications. 
Apprenticeships are made up of the Certificate or Diploma plus Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT and Paediatric First Aid certificate. 
 

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider

CHILTERN TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Chiltern Training Ltd

Contact

Admissions Team 01189566995


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Closing date: 23 Nov 2017