Nursery Apprentice Practitioner CUTIE PIES NURSERY LTD

Apprentices will be a big part of our team; we will closely monitor them and work with them to ensure they are developing in different areas. They will closely shadow colleagues, room leaders and supervisors to gradually gain knowledge and understanding, all while gaining hands-on experience working with a number of young children.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shift rotation which will alternate between 8am - 5pm, 8.30am -5.30pm and 9pm - 6pm, exact working days and hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    18 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Your duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • To create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all children
  • To be aware of the setting’s policies and procedures and ensure these are adhered to
  • To share responsibility for the welfare of all children in your designated room, following systems to ensure consistent, high-quality care
  • To be vigilant and protect children from harm or abuse, reporting any concerns immediately - in accordance with safeguarding and whistleblowing policies
  • To be reliable and punctual, maintaining staffing ratios at all times
  • To develop genuine bonds with your key children and support colleagues to sensitively fulfil their key person responsibilities
  • To reflect on practice and daily routines, tailoring them to meet the individual needs of each child, throughout the day
  • To contribute to planning and the provision of a stimulating range of age-appropriate activities and ensuring your room is well-resourced and creatively set-up
  • To act as a key person and observe, plan and implement activities to support your key children. Contribute to observations and the assessment of children’s learning and development ensuring records are kept up to date, are of a high standard and are shared effectively
  • To provide feedback and work in partnership with key parents/carers, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication and involvement in nursery life
  • To contribute to the effective recording and resolution of any complaints or investigations, ensuring confidentiality at all times
  • To be professional and a good role model to the children and other staff members, at all times
  • To work flexibly as part of the larger team, assisting and supporting colleagues wherever required, in order to ensure the smooth running of the company
  • To be aware of the high profile of Cutie Pies and refrain from irresponsible behaviour that could impact the company’s commercial success
  • To attend reasonable out-of-working-hours activities, including training, staff meetings, parents’ evenings and special events
  • To communicate effectively, sharing information, participating in meetings, inductions, supervisions, appraisals, peer to peer observations and 1-2-1s
  • To respect and value all colleagues, children and parents, encouraging a positive and diverse working environment taking consideration of the British values and incorporating them into nursery life at all times
  • To cooperate and work effectively with the Room Leader and management team, taking on additional responsibilities/duties as deemed appropriate and necessary
  • To undertake any other aspects of nursery, work according to need This job description is intended to give you an indication of the main duties, but is not meant to be an exhaustive list
  • Ensure that you support the nursery to conform to the EYFS statutory requirements, local authority and Ofsted guidance
  • Ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the setting remains of a consistently high standard at all times
  • Support children by embedding cultural capital within the setting, creating an environment which ensures awe and wonder, use of imagination, curiosity and develops a depth of knowledge with the children
  • Complete accident forms, medical forms, complaints forms, concerns forms and any other forms as relevant
  • Keep up to date with changes in curriculum, refresh your own knowledge on the setting’s policies and procedures and attend all training as set out by the setting within your CPD needs
  • Ensure that you implement the setting’s intent and that it has a profound impact on the children’s learning and development

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

You will work towards an Early Years Practitioner Level 2 qualification. You will have a dedicated industry expert to guide and coach you through components of your programme and you'll experience a range of different learning opportunities.

  • Online learning and face to face training with Learn Plus Us apprenticeship trainers
  • Meetings with your dedicated trainer
  • E-learning
  • Interactive online workshops
  • Self-guided research
  • On-the-job instructions
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Personal development planning
  • Manager progress reviews
  • First Aid qualification
  • English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once qualified, nursery apprentices can go on to progress within their career at the setting.

This can range from becoming a second-in-charge of a playroom, a room leader alongside development opportunities in life to become safeguarding leads, nursery SENCO’s, deputy managers or manager should the candidate fit the criteria.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 / C or Above) Desired

Things to consider

Working with children can be hard work at times and there are lots of different aspects to be considered. However the role is very satisfying and fulfilling to the right candidate who has a passion for helping children to thrive and develop.

About the employer

We are a branch nursery with two different branches one based in Stratford and the other in East Ham. We are a full time setting that provides wrap around care with both breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs. We are open 52 weeks per year closing for all bank holidays and for one week over the Christmas period. Our Stratford branch has spaces for 80 plus children and our East ham branch has spaces for 52 children. Both settings have good travel links via both bus and train routes and are easily accessible with a short walking distance from the bus stops and train stations. We are a home away from home setting and have a child led ethos where by the children are at the heart of everything we do at the setting.






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Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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