Apprentice Nursery Assistant NIGHTINGALE NURSERIES LTD

As an Apprentice Nursery Assistant, you will ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in the nursery. You will also give support to other personnel within the nursery and implement the daily routine in the base room.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

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 between 7.30am and 6pm.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You’ll assist in this superior quality provision of care, you will ensure regular quality assurance audits are completed, and attend regular meetings with parents and other professionals to enable us to reflect on our practice.

Remember – childcare is not a 9-5 job! It is very important that you have a passion for working with young children. The role will be lots of fun, but it is still very important to remain professional. There will be lots to learn, but don’t worry, you won’t be expected to know everything from day one. The most important thing in this role will be that you are motivated to learn and excited to engage with children on a daily basis. If you’re still reading this and want to apply, then we want to hear from you!

Duties will include:

  • Helping to set up activities for the children
  • Supporting children to engage in activities and participate with others.
  • Supporting children at mealtimes and assisting with eating and drinking
  • Getting involved in creative and messy play with the children
  • Helping children to sing, read, count, and join in with imaginative play
  • Ensuring the children are safe and supervised at all times
  • Helping to plan activities and games
  • Tidying away after an activity is finished
  • Any other duties requested by the manager.

The training you will be getting

Early Years/Childcare Level 2 (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.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

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

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

Things to consider

How does the Apprenticeship work? As an Apprentice, you will be employed, just like anyone else at the company, the difference is that you will be studying towards a qualification. 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 online (via MS Teams) study workshop, basically a lesson, with your Tutor, lasting between 2 and 3 hours, during which you will be taught a particular subject / topic / module. 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/week - 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 starts so please consider this when you are applying.

About the employer

Nightingale Nurseries have been carefully designed by an experienced and knowledgeable Leadership Team to create spacious, comfortable, and enriching learning environments. The nurseries have been designed to facilitate stimulating and safe learning opportunities for children as they progress through the Early Years. Each home room is warm, light, safe and inviting with interactive displays that celebrate the children’s successes and demonstrate their learning journeys. Over time we have built up a diverse bank of resources which means we are able to follow the children’s interests and offer an individual learning experience for each child. Nightingale Nurseries offer childcare of the highest standard because we believe: • In order to thrive, young children need a safe and stable environment offering new challenges and opportunities for learning. The professional adults to whom the child attaches are of central importance to their development. • The whole child and every aspect of her/his development is important. Social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and moral development are all interconnected and must be nurtured alongside each other. • Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. Their experiences during their early years are the most informative and influential years of a child’s life and their experiences now will shape their future. • Children learn through hands- on, practical experience. A child’s most valuable learning experiences are those which interest, inspire and challenge them. They need imaginative and creative experiences to broaden their learning and understanding. Through providing valuable play opportunities, we can teach children about themselves and the world around them. Nightingale Nurseries has facilities to care for 169 children aged from birth – 8 years old across both buildings. Our nurseries are split into age- specific groups including Babies, Tots, Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers and Before and After Schoolers. This means that all equipment, activities and learning opportunities are pitched at an appropriate level that supports each child’s learning and provides engagement, success, and challenge. We offer a child-centred curriculum. The day is structured, but flexible, enabling us to offer a wide range of activities and experiences, within a homely, relaxed atmosphere.




Park Lane

Park Lane, Castle Donington


DE74 2RS

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please complete the application form and of course attach your CV. This will give us the best chance of being able to contact you. Your CV should be a word document or pdf that we will be able to edit if we decide to take your application further- not an image.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2024