Nursery Practitioner Apprentice at The Paddocks Nursery, Wiveliscombe Somerset Council

We are looking for someone to join the Paddocks team, to work in partnership with staff, parents, carers and their children. To adopt a flexible, professional approach in promoting the development, welfare and potential of all children. To provide high quality, inclusive, fully integrated childcare provision for children under five.

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Closing date: 17 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    37 hours per week (30 hours on site – 7 hours at college – this will be one day, not split over days) Nursery operates shifts so availability must be between 8.00am - 6.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

To have responsibility for a number of children (under supervision), working in partnership with families, ensuring that individual children’s childcare needs are met at all times.

  • Providing high-quality childcare for under fives, which includes a wide range of activities and opportunities to enable children to achieve their full potential
  • To ensure you have knowledge of child protection and follow the policies and procedures in place. Ensure the children are safeguarded whilst they are within our care and any concerns are reported to the nursery designated lead
  • Assist in provision of a warm caring environment for children and their families, accessible to all. To integrate children and parents with disabilities, sensitively and positively into the setting, promoting participation in a range of quality activities
  • Liaise closely with all members of the staff team to ensure childcare provision links to the Early Years Foundation Stage, requiring knowledge and application of this
  • To assist in the provision of a high-quality play environment that adheres to OFSTED requirements through planning, effective room organisation and provision of Early Years Resources, to develop a high-quality play environment both indoors and outdoors which meets each child’s individual needs, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Liaise with parents/carers to highlight the needs of their children and sharing developmental information on a regular basis with other professionals
  • Daily supervision and care of a number of children. Taking care of children’s personal needs and encouraging self-help and social skills
  • Setting up for meals, supervision of meals, clearing and cleaning away after meals
  • To assist in ensuring the maintenance of adequate standards of cleanliness and hygiene for families and children attending the setting. The maintenance of prescribed standards and repair of equipment and premises
  • To have an overall knowledge of and provide a service which values and respects the race, religion, language, culture and needs of all the children and families using the nursery

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • End Point Assessment – Knowledge Test and Professional Discussion
  • 7 hours at college – this will be one day a week

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English and/or maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired

Things to consider

Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check. Please consider how you will travel to the place of work, particularly if you rely on public transport.

About the employer

The nursery is part of Wiveliscombe Primary School and provides integrated early years education and childcare for children aged from birth to school age. It is fundamental that it does so on the bases of affordability, quality and inclusion. Childcare provision operates for a maximum of 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, 51 weeks per annum. The Paddocks is registered for 43 children at any one time.


Somerset Council


Wiveliscome Primary School

North Street



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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


Philippa Bancroft

07917 923622

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

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