Lead Practitioner Apprentice HOME-START GREENWICH

The role operates at a team oversight level within the context of a local charitable organisation delivering effective Family support and Early Years Childcare provision across the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This role has particular responsibility for providing early years services, working closely to the Nursery Manager/Early Years Manager.

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Closing date: 21 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm. Shifts are based on candidates being over 18.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    25 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To be responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre
    To ensure effective management and supervision of Child
  • Practitioners and Administrators to ensure high quality provision of services to staff   
  • To ensure centres comply with regulatory requirements and identify potential risks and hazards in line with best practice and guidance as set out by early years management

In particular:   

  • Ofsted registration requirements for the provision and delivery of the Children and Young People Plan and the requirements of the
  • Childcare Act 2006 and related legislation
  • Undertake regular in risk assessments as pertaining to health and safety (e.g. outdoor play areas) and report any defects/risks/issues to the appropriate department    
  • To ensure high standards of care and education for Children in the centre and attend TACS, CIN, Safeguarding and Early helps meetings where appropriate   
  • To lead on tracking of children in their provision, liaising effectively with parents/carers to inform them of their child’s progress - promoting an inclusive environment for all children and families that reflects diversity and children’s individual needs and ensures all children are effectively integrated into the activities    
  • Carry out induction procedures with children and their families and maintain an environment that promotes physical, emotional, and social development for children of differing ages and abilities, through a range of arts, crafts, games, and activities, both indoors and outdoors     
  • To assist in developing and maintaining an environment that promotes physical, emotional, and social development for children of all ages and abilities, through a range of arts, crafts, games and activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • Ensuring that a high standard of hygiene, safety and cleanliness is maintained at all times including the various toys and equipment used at the session   
  • To contribute effectively to the planning and provision of activities in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance and help children develop positive relationships with adults and peers to enable them to play and learn effectively and increase their self-confidence and realise their potential 
  • Develop good working relationships with appropriate staff within the service and other external agencies     

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

On programme Training:

  • Portfolio
  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Qualification
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)
  • Care Certificate
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

End point assessment:

  • Summative portfolio
  • Synoptic project
  • Employer reference
  • Interview

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • To be discussed after completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent Child Development & Learning or equivalent (Grade Level 3) Essential
Other Paediatric First Aid (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

In order to be considered for the role, you must have the following: - Experience of planning and supporting play provision supported by evidence-based approaches outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. - Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues and procedures. - Understanding of the Ofsted requirements / framework. Vacancy specific questions: - Describe how you would manage day-to-day communication with your supervisor, manager, and other staff. - How do you go about planning your daily and weekly activities?

About the employer

Home-Start Greenwich has been providing care for families since 1993. Our organisation is part of a national network providing a place of care and refuge for families facing loneliness, hardship, or parenting challenges. We are supporting families to protect their most valuable assets, their children. Locally we have expanded from a befriend service to a skilled family support and care organisation. We are here for families when they need us most because childhood can’t wait.







SE18 3UH

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Training provider



Mason Ward



Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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