Apprentice Nursery Assistant Jolly Tots

An exciting opportunity to begin your career with Parenta Training, working in an early years setting. Become an apprentice in one of our fun and friendly nurseries working with children aged from birth to five years gaining experience while you learn.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    10.30-5.30 Nursery closed for 3 weeks a year.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Parenta have many opportunities available, and offer you the chance to ‘Earn as you Learn’ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. The best part? There are no classes to attend!

We are currently hiring candidates to work in a nursery setting.

The moment your journey begins as an apprentice:

  • You become an employed member of staff.
  • You will be paid an hourly rate.
  • You will work towards gaining a full qualification – without having to attend classroom based lessons.

The apprenticeship will last a minimum of 12 months. You will be working towards a Level 2 or 3 diploma in Childcare.  

Throughout your role you are not alone. Parenta offer you full training, support, guidance and are here to help you progress your career. You even have a personal assessor/tutor assigned to you from the moment you start your journey as a modern apprentice.

Your role will include:

  • Working with children between the ages of 0-5 years, organising activities, being pro-active with the help and care carried out within the early years teaching sector.
  • Assisting and meeting the personal/emotional needs of individual children – Changing nappies, feeding, caring and establishing a relationship with children.
  • Work (under supervision) providing all aspects of care/support to children, ensuring they take part with day-to-day learning and play activities.
  • Ensure that the setting is safe, clean and well presented.
  • Collaborate with colleagues ensuring the highest standards of work are carried out and are provided throughout your role in a positive manner.
  • To contribute to a high quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities.
  • Attend team meetings and contribute relevant ideas.
  • Be able to understand and implement the setting’s confidentiality policy.
  • Contribute towards an effective and supportive team environment.

Throughout this role, you will gain extensive knowledge and experience within the working environment which will set you up for a great career upon completion.

This will hopefully lead to permanent employment within the early learning year’s sector or even continue to the next level, undertaking further training.

Ideally you will:

  • Be passionate about caring for children.
  • Have an outgoing, bubbly, motivated attitude.
  • Be a committed, punctual and reliable individual.

Apply now!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You will need good communication skills and be comfortable with creative thinking.
It is helpful if you are confident with children, calm and organised

Personal qualities

Friendly and Outgoing with a willingness to learn

Qualifications required

No GCSE Minimum requirement however if you would like to progress to Level 3 then you will need to have English and Maths A* - C Grade. 

Future prospects

When you have successfully completed your Apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to continue with an exciting career in childcare! Initially you will be working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, with a chance to progress to a level 3 after that.

Things to consider

Before you make your application, please ensure that you are able to reliably travel to and from the employer location on a daily basis. Please check bus times/travel arrangements. For any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact 0800 0029242. Please do not contact the employer directly. 100% Work based apprenticeship

About the employer

Jollytots childminding group started in 1990 by Michelle Levene, and Vanessa Kleinman came on board in Image57591992. In the summer of 2006 there was a need to open another group. Vanessa's group was started and has gone from strength to strength ever since. This group runs from Whitehouse Avenue which is convenient for Furzehill Road and Borehamwood 'High Street' (Shenley Road). OUR GROUPS Each group is licensed to have 6 children under the age of 5. whereby no more than 2 can be under 1 year. OUR BELIEFS Image5795At Jolly Tots it is our responsibility to provide high quality childcare within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In order to achieve this it is essential that our programmes develop skills in the following areas: Emotional Social Physical Intellectual Creative Language Maths, under the headings of A unique child Positive relationships Enabling environments Learning and development image5819This is achieved by carefully planning a curriculum that enriches the child’s learning and works on development according to ability. Our childminders are all very enthusiastic and know how to encourage the children to experiment with a variety of toys and experiences throughout the session. Each term, the groups work on a theme that supports and enhances the child’s learning. All leaders have a copy of the programme and parents are made aware via our newsletters, which we hope will become live on the website shortly – some parents wish to continue the themes at home although this is not compulsory. Most of our clientele comes through recommendation and we encourage prospective parents to speak to present/past parents about their anxieties and experiences whilst their child has been left in our care. We expect to work in partnership with the parents at all times.


Jolly Tots


138 Whitehouse Avenue



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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Mathematics, English and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Work based learning

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Parenta Group


Julie Allen 0800 002 9242

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017