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Nursery Assistant Apprentice SHANNON CHILDCARE LTD

To work as a member of the nursery team, showing initiative and creativity to foster an environment which encourages the children’s all round development and where high standards of care and safety are provided.

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Closing date: 17 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm with a 1 hour lunch break Friday will be your day off to focus on your apprenticeship work.

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Be a reliable member of a team, working co-operatively and with flexibility.
  • Understand that each child is an individual and have a general understanding of childcare and child development.
  • Observe each child’s progress and report on achievements looking for progression and continuity.
  • Write up Tapestry Observations on children’s progress including written information for Development Files.
  • Assist with the supervision of children at play (indoor and outdoor) and at mealtimes.
  • Assist with planning a programme of activities, suitable for the age range of the children, following the guidelines for the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles (EYFS).
  • Provide ideas on the ‘Weekly Themes’ to your Manager, at least one a week.
  • Understand the ‘Intent’, ‘Implementation’ and ‘Impact’ of each activity undertaken.
  • Assist with the creation of a stimulating and attractive environment.
  • Provide wonderment and awe when reading to the children; bring books & poems to life.
  • Learn to take ‘Circle Time’, nursery rhymes, singing.
  • Give children the opportunity to choose songs.
  • Teach the alphabet, numbers and shape names.
  • Communicate with the children, use a ‘Narrative Teaching Strategy’ when conversing with babies and very
    young children.
  • Give children time to respond (20 seconds). Ask ‘open-ended’ questions to the children who are able to communicate.
  • Extend children’s sentences i.e. “The big, red car”.
  • Expand vocabulary through ‘Picture Reading’ and using
    alternative adjectives to increase lexis i.e. big, large, huge, vast, enormous etc.
  • Ask ‘open-ended’ questions to the children who are able to communicate.
  • Assist with the care, maintenance and security of all equipment and toys within the nursery.
  • Assist at mealtimes. Encourage babies and young children to be independent.
  • Encouraging children to manage ‘Life Skills’ (age and stage appropriate).
  • Generally help with the clearing and cleaning of the toys and premises.
  • Opening and closing travel cots for sleep purposes. Ensure children’s correct bedding, blankets and growbags are used.
  • Generally help with any administrative work when requested.
  • Learn nappy changing.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will work towards completing a Level 3 Early years education qualification.
  • This standard includes gaining a First aid qualification
  • The training will be provided by your employer. 
  • The qualification will be delivered remotely by LMP Education.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The right candidate may be offered a full time position after completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, A bright & sunny disposition, Professional development, Be reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9 (A-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4-9 (A-C)) Essential

About the employer

Shannon ChildCare, Ofsted registered outstanding nurseries based in Edgware, are committed to providing parents with exceptional childcare in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable ‘home from home’ setting, where children are respectfully nurtured into settled, happy, and confident little people.







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Training provider



Emily Archer

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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