L2 Apprentice Nursery Assistant @ Hargate Primary School Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

An apprenticeship with Hargate Primary School is the perfect way to help you decide what job you may want in the future. This opportunity will provide real work experience at the same time as gaining qualifications. You will assist with all aspects of organising activities and supervising children within the nursery and outdoor play environment.

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Closing date: 04 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

    32.5 hours per week - Monday to Friday. Exact times/shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    17 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Hargate Primary School is a great place to be - we have a high calibre of staff who strive to make a difference in every child’s life. We are judged as being ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

As a member of the school's nursery team, your main jobs and duties will consist of:

The duties of the post will include:

  • The post holder will help support a warm and welcoming environment within a childcare setting, where young children and their families can feel valued and obtain positive help and support
  • To assist with all aspects of organising activities and supervising children within the nursery and outdoor play environment
  • To help plan and provide stimulating learning experiences enabling young children to grow in confidence and independence
  • To monitor and track children’s development and have responsibility for a small key group
  • Participate in staff meetings as and when required
  • To help provide cover for practitioners within the team as necessary working with all age ranges
  • Responsible for ensuring the learning environment is cleaned and tidied at the end of each session
  • Adhere to policies and procedures in accordance with OFSTED, with regards to adequate record keeping
  • To support the development of strong partnerships with parents/carers and recognise the importance of involving parents/carers in all aspects of a child's work
  • To ensure that in line with safeguarding/child protection procedures, all concerns are reported to the appropriate person in a sensitive and confidential manner

It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with the School's policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy, the Equality Standard and obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The post holder must always carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the school's policy, organisation and arrangements for Health and Safety at Work.

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

At the end you will gain a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship standard.

This will include any Functional Skills as appropriate. 

The apprenticeship training will be delivered in the workplace, as you will receive visits from a college assessor. The apprenticeship will also include a proportion of 20% Off The Job Training and a robust programme of Mandatory Apprentice Training provided by Sandwell Council to include Workplace Professionalism and Equality and Diversity.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The post is offered on a fixed-term contract to cover the duration of the apprenticeship training. You will receive support and guidance to identify and apply for any further apprenticeships or internal jobs that you are suitably experienced and qualified for. Our 'Next Steps' workshop will help you to identify the skills that you have gained throughout your apprenticeship in order to update your CV and apply for any opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Outgoing, Knowledge of safeguarding, Hardworking, Willing to learn, Well-presented, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade A-C*/9-4 or level 2 equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C*/9-4 or level 2 equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

You must be willing to shadow senior staff, attend relevant training and be flexible to support the needs of the post. You will need to have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore you will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Check prior to commencing in the post. Annual leave must be taken outside of term time only.

About the employer

Sandwell is situated in the heart of the Black Country. In 2020 we were placed in the Top 100 employers nationally for apprentices, making Sandwell a great place to undertake an apprenticeship! Our apprenticeship team Think Sandwell advertise opportunities both in the council and with external employers.


Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council


Hargate Lane

B71 1PG


Rich Nettleton


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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