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The role includes delivering and maintaining high quality care that stimulates children and aids each child's personal development. It also involves supervising other playroom staff, sharing professional knowledge to improve practices, and making sure all regulatory requirements are complied with in the setting.

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Closing date: 20 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage range from £21,000 to £24,000 depending on experience

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    25 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Over viewing planning sheets and record keeping of all the staff in your room
  • Ensuring routines are being followed and run smoothly
  • Ensuring new decisions are taken on board and maintained in the room at all times
  • Ensuring all staff in the room has all information
  • Ensuring that all relevant handovers happen between rooms and pegs are completed before children start
  • Ensuring that all policies and procedures are being followed by all staff
  • Being an excellent role model to the other staff in your room
  • Understanding all policies and procedures of the nursery and being able to answer relevant questions from parents/carers/outside agencies (i.e. OFSTED)
  • Manage staff effectively, ensuring ratios are maintained throughout the setting
  • Overseeing the professionalism of all staff/students in the setting
  • Working with students and their supervisor, passing on your knowledge to them, practically and theoretically
  • Ensuring the students allocated to your room are aware of and comply with the policies and procedures of the setting
  • Welcoming all children and parents to the nursery and helping them settle.(irrespective of their rooms)
  • To provide a wide and varied range of activities for the children individually and as a group appropriate to their needs and developmental stage
  • Laying out and setting up the nursery and storing away equipment appropriately
  • Explaining activities to children and providing help if necessary
  • To encourage the children with their language development and positive verbal response
  • To organise creative activities and displays for the walls and help display the children’s work
  • Maintain a clean and tidy nursery and garden area and ensure books, toys and equipment are clean and in good order
  • Encourage and supervise clearing and tidy up time
  • Provide a high standard of health and hygiene
  • Change nappies and encourage children with toilet training and personal hygiene
  • Help children at mealtimes and then tidy and clear away afterwards- keep the children clean
  • Act as a key person for a group of children as allocated by the management team, ensuring attachment theories are respected
  • Have a sound knowledge of all the children in the setting and an excellent knowledge of your key children
  • Work in partnership with parents, consulting and sharing information with them about the needs and progress of their children
  • Filling in all the appropriate record keeping for your key child and ensure they are continually up to date
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings
  • To undertake training and give appropriate feedback to the staff team and implement this in your work
  • To take responsibility for aspects of the work of the nursery as required by the management team
  • To ensure adherence to the nursery’s child care procedures and policies within all aspects of the work in the nursery
  • Ensuring all staff adhering to the policies and procedures of the setting
  • To exercise a general duty of care for work colleagues and to be responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for all employees/students under your supervision
  • Inform the management team of any concerns regarding the children, parents or other staff
  • It is every member of staff responsibility to ensure professionalism and confidentiality are adhered to at all times
  • Oversee the professionalism of all staff/ students
  • We are an equal opportunities employer, and you need you as a supervisor to promote this within this setting

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

Working towards completing a Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner apprenticeship standard. Work-based learning with ad-hoc workshops at Hertford Regional College.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There will be opportunities for progression and a permanent position subject to performance.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Leadership


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C (9-4)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C (9-4)) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent Childcare (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

Working hours may vary from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Different start and end times may be required in accordance to staff ratios and rota.

About the employer

We provide places for 50 + children and are located in the lovely conservation area of London Colney with its traditional village sense of community. The nursery itself is a carefully converted 200-year-old cottage, where the layout reflects and retains its warm homely atmosphere. We’re lucky enough to be within walking distance of the River Colne where our own Little Nightingales have great fun feeding the ducks at the same time as learning about, interacting with and experiencing nature. Willows Farm is a close neighbour and there are frequent visits for the children to learn about the animals. There’s rarely a dull moment at Little Nightingales, which means you take home a cheerful child, stimulated daily by new sights and sounds and eager to return the next day. We warmly welcome children from 3 months to 5 years and by offering a range of different sessions and providing an all-inclusive package, we aim to make your life simpler by eliminating many of the day-to-day childcare stresses and concerns.








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Training provider



The Apprenticeship Team


Apprenticeship standard

Early years lead practitioner

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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