Apprentice Nursery Assistant SHINE CHILDCARE LIMITED

Are you wanting to work in a friendly nursery environment? Tiny Trees Nursery in Leeds offers a great opportunity for people wanting to start a career within a nursery setting backed by a great employer,

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Closing date: 20 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Perks Include birthday celebrations, Planned social events, located on main bus routes, very close to city centre, local shops & amenities. Supportive team & student mentor. Annual Awards evening, links with the local community.

    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-Times to be agreed, no weekend work.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day


·       Implement and promote all Nursery policies and procedures

·       Undertake a  proactive key person role and build positive relationships with parents/carers and other professionals to support the individual needs of every child

·       Provide a secure, caring, friendly and stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times

·       Contribute to the planning and develop enriching activities which ensure each child is working towards the early learning outcomes

·       Ensure children’s records are maintained and kept up to date including records of children’s development and learning journeys

·       Act as a positive practice role model to ensure that the Nursery’s values are maintained

·       Maintain high standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness at all times

·       Ensure that all rooms and outside areas are clean and tidy after use

·       Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, and observe and follow the health and safety policy and procedures at all times

·       Liaise with parents and carers, keeping them informed of activities undertaken, their child’s progress with these activities, as well as the child’s general development and wellbeing

·       Be sensitive and responsive to the needs of children, parents and carers and other members of staff

·       Support a commitment to the theory and practice of equal opportunities

·       Demonstrate initiative and get involved at all times to make a difference to the quality of care that the Nursery provides

·       Feedback any issues or opportunities identified around the site that could impact on the quality of care provided

·       Support team in the upkeep of base rooms, displays, resources, etc.

·       Maintain a positive attitude at all times with children, parents, visitors and work colleagues

·       Ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained

·       Be aware of the high reputation of the setting and uphold its standards at all times, both within work hours and outside

·       Work as part of a team to ensure good communication

·       Attend and participate in out of work activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, parent events/consultation

·       Be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, such as domestic tasks, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.

·       Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as reasonably requested by line management

Company Benefits

Other perks of the job include birthday celebrations, Planned social events, located on main bus routes, very close to city centre, local shops & amenities. Supportive team & student mentor. Annual Awards evening, links with the local community


Monday To Friday-30 Hours to be agreed, no weekend work.

Candidate must be able to work 

The training you will be getting

Whilst working daily in the nursery, the successful candidate will complete a Early Years Level 2 Practitioner course.

The training will be carried out in the workplace, no travelling will be required to any other location.

The training will be a hybrid approach with a mixture of face to face visits, webinars and online learning.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The successful candidate can look to start a long career in Childcare with the opportunity to progress from levels 2 to level 5.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

PERSON SPECIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: • Working knowledge and understanding of Early Years Foundation Stage and current Ofsted statutory guidance is advantageous • Knowledge of implementing good quality learning opportunities • Awareness of Health & Safety and practical Hygiene issues • Understanding of Safeguarding practices • Good level of numeracy and literacy • Good communication skills and ability to develop effective relationships with parents and carers and colleagues • Ability to write reports and keep clear and accurate records • Excellent organisational, administrative and basic IT skills • Calm and caring nature with an interest in the care, learning and development of young children • Ability to work as part of a team and able to work on own initiative • Positive approach to inclusive practice with children and parents • Willingness to learn new skills and adapt to changes • Ability to maintain confidentiality • Energy and genuine enthusiasm for working with children • Reliability and trustworthiness • A creative thinker • Patience • Punctuality • Flexibility and willingness to take on other responsibilities or duties as deemed necessary • Commitment to undertaking training and continued professional development • A good sense of humour

About the employer

About Shine Childcare Shine Childcare is a family-run organisation dedicated to providing the best nursery care for your children. We have private day nurseries in Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and Oldham. We allocate each child to a key person to ensure we nurture their development and provide them with continuity of care when they’re with us. Choosing a private nursery can be a challenging task; however we aim to be the best – take a look at our approach to see how we go about achieving that aim:




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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


Matt Travis


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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