Apprentice Childcare Practitioner


An opportunity has become available at a Nursery in Baguley to join their team and gain a place onto a Childcare Apprenticeship programme. The Apprentice will report to the Lead Childcare Practitioner and Childcare Manager /Deputy. Other contacts for this role include children, parents and visiting specialists.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 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

Between the Hours of 7.30am - 6pm, 40 hours per week,Monday to Friday

Total hours per week: 40.00

Apprenticeship duration

12 months

Possible start date

03 Jul 2017

Date posted

13 Sep 2016

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



2 available

Main Purposes of the job:


  1. To provide a stable and secure environment for all children using the establishment, which meets their social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs.
  2. To work with other staff, to offer support to parents / carers who are making use of the establishment.
  3. To carry out anti-racist and anti-sexist methods of work with children, parents, professional workers and the community as a whole.
  4. To work as part of team of staff, who collectively contribute to providing positive experiences for young children and their families, in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.

Main duties:


  1. To provide a stimulating environment through play and other activities, in which all children can interact and develop socially, emotional, intellectually, and physically.
  2. To work as a full member of a team in the operation of the establishment to ensure good practices in relation to childcare are maintained.
  3. To plan and organise individual and group programmes in partnership with children, parents/carer and ensure that all daily activities effectively meet the developmental needs of the children.
  4. To guide and assist in each child’s language development, giving extra help to children with difficulties.
  5. To assist in choosing suitable equipment to provide children with a stimulating environment and the skills to acquire confidence and independence.
  6. To be responsible for ensuring a safe play environment, checking materials and equipment for defects and ensuring that centre users are familiar with the fire drill and evacuation procedure.
  7. To feed, toilet, change and wash the children as necessary.
  8. To administer basic first aid for minor incidents, and assist in the administration of preventative medicines for children in the group.
  9. To maintain records of an individuals development, including observations of the children’s daily progress and achievements.
  10. To write reports of children’s progress and to discuss these reports with appropriate senior staff and share with parents at appropriate forums.
  11. To take children in urgent situations to hospital, etc where parents / carers are unable to do so.
  12. To prepare notes for and attend case conferences as required.
  13. To regularly check children’s weights and heights and record in child’s file.
  14. To participate in providing a happy and relaxed environment in which all parents and carers can comfortably involve themselves and be valued and respected.
  15. To support and encourage parents / carers to share in the care and education of their children.
  16. To be aware of child protection procedures and identify to appropriate senior officers children at risk.
  17. To participate in training courses and be able to pass on knowledge gained to        other staff, parents, students and other relevant people.
  18. To be aware of dietary requirements linked to race, religious or physical conditions.
  19. To have knowledge of the various ethnic backgrounds of the local people attending the centre, maintaining a positive anti-racist and anti-sexist approach to childcare whilst carrying out duties with full regard for Kids Start Equal Opportunities Policy.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Some practical knowledge of child development and child related issues would be preferable
  • Work experience gained working with children and parents, and planning, initiating, organising and developing play
  • To communicate in a helpful and sensitive manner with children and adults
  • Awareness of the EYFS Foundation Stage Curriculum
  • The ability to record information accurately       
  • Team working skills

Personal qualities

Willingness to abide by the Kids Start  ‘No Smoking’, ‘Harassment at Work’, ‘Equal Opportunities' and other policies

Ability and willingness to acquire knowledge of relevant legislation and procedures

Ability to liaise effectively with others involved in working with children across the whole age range of centre users

Personal commitment to self development and willingness to attend training

Personal commitment to ensure services are equally accessible and appropriate to the diverse needs of service users

Willingness to be flexible in working arrangements


Qualifications required

Ideally candidates will have GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent qualifications.

Future prospects

Progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Advanced Apprenticeship to be considered upon successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme in addition to GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English.

Things to consider

Reality Check: Please note - should this position receive a large amount of applications the job advert will close early. We advise that you apply for this position early to avoid disappointment. As part of our apprenticeship recruitment process, you will be required to attend a Numeracy, Literacy and Interview Assessment at our Futureskills Campus on Dakota Avenue, Salford, M50 2PU. Should you be successful at this stage, we will then submit your application to the employer for further consideration. Important Other Information: Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour (From October 1st 2016 this will be increasing by 3% to £3.40 per hour). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training. More info is available at Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

About the employer

Kids Start is a privately owned chain of Nurseries located in Manchester. This vacancy is available at their site in Baguley. It offers a friendly and professional childcare service to parents and families, helping their children to develop against the EYFS curriculum.




1 Ackworth Drive


M23 1LB

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Additional location information

Kids Start Baguley is the sister nursery to their main location in Northenden, Manchester. This location also offers fantastic facilities and service for parents and families to support their Children's development needs.

Training provider

Training will be provided in order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce. Functional Skills Level 1 Maths, English and ICT are completed with the Apprentice if a prior GCSE grade A-C or equivalent has not already been achieved. You may be expected to attend Salford City College 1 day per week for Functional Skills classes if required.

Apprenticeship framework

Children and Young People's Workforce

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Salford City College


Jon Hobson 0161 631 5747

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2017