Apprentice Childcare Assistant The Ark Nursery

Apprentice Childcare Assistant required for a Nursery in Nottingham. As an Apprentice Nursery Assistant, you will be able to work across all rooms from the babies to the pre-schoolers so you will gain a variety of different skills and experiences.

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Closing date: 09 Jun 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 to Friday, shifts on rota between 8am-6pm. Minimum 30 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Our children's nursery provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for children as young as six weeks, all the way up to five years. We also offer a whole host of out of school activities and trips during the school holidays, providing fun and learning outside of the classroom.

As an Apprentice Nursery Assistant you will able to work across all rooms from the babies to the pre-schoolers so you will gain a variety of different skills and experiences.

You can expect your duties and responsibilities to include:

  • Helping to set up activities for the children
  • Supporting children to engage in activities and participate with others
  • Supporting children at meal times and assisting with eating and drinking
  • Getting involved in creative and messy play with the children
  • Helping children to read, sing, count and join in with imaginative play
  • Ensuring the children are safe and supervised at all times
  • Helping to plan activities and games
  • Carrying out observations with qualified staff
  • Tidying away after an activity is finished
  • Making sure children feel safe, loved, happy and content 

Any other duties as requested by your Manager

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

Early Years/Childcare Level 2 & Level 3 (an industry recognised Qualification) delivered via monthly Tutor led workshops (a combination of face to face and live, virtual 2-3 hour sessions) self-led study (assignments, worksheets, projects) and blended learning and development activities, all, within the workplace.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As with any apprenticeship opportunity – if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team there is a strong chance of a permanent post within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Caring nature, Time keeping skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

HOW does an Apprenticeship work? As an Apprentice, you will be employed, just like anyone else in the organisation, the difference is that you will be studying towards a qualification, whilst you work. You’ll spend a minimum of 6 hours a week (of your total working hours) in a number of different Training, Learning & Development Activities that all develop your Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours in line with your Apprenticeship Qualification. These will include (for example) staff meetings, online courses, shadowing other team members, as well as a monthly study workshop) basically a lesson, with your Tutor, lasting between 3 and 5 hours, during which you will be taught a particular subject / topic / module. Please NOTE: your lesson is delivered REMOTELY, and so there is no requirement for you to attend any other location other than your place of work. Any work that you are set within this session is then expected to be complete for the next month’s session. You will be given time each week to do this within your working day - so NO homework!! This will all prepare you for your End Point Assessment (EPA) once you have completed all the learning required. As CT Skills is a Training Provider, all our vacancies are for immediate start (NOT September!) so please consider this when you are applying. Things to consider: Your application via The Government Apprenticeship website, is the 1st stage of CT Skills’ (Training Provider) Apprenticeship Application Process. If your application is shown as ‘successful’ this means that you have passed the first stage of our application process and will receive an email requesting your latest CV from a member of our recruitment team. You will need to check your emails and junk/spam folder for this. Once we have received your CV, you will be contacted by a member of our team to take your application further.

About the employer

The Ark Nursery accommodates children on the ground and 1st floor of a Victorian 3 story building. All of their rooms are spacious, friendly and inviting to provide all the areas of learning. They have been an established private nursery for nearly 30 years. The team at the Ark is second to none and you will find that their dedication and commitment to childcare is without question. It is their aim at the Ark to provide children with a happy, healthy and safe environment. They are a friendly neighbourhood nursery that offers a home from home .Under the guidance of a fully qualified team & experienced managers and support from local authorities, they provide physical, emotional and educational needs for children from birth to 5 years.


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Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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