Little Orchards Montessori Nursery

£140.00 per week


Child Care Apprentice
Published: Jun 18, 2017
Ref: LO221VP

A small, friendly nursery situated in Ivybridge, is looking for an child care apprentice to join their team.

The Apprentice’s Role

As part of your role, you will be required to work as part of a team to offer a safe and fun learning environment for the children. In order to fulfil the requirements of this role, you will need to be a great team player, have excellent standards of personal hygiene and appearance, be reliable and model positive behaviour at all times.

You will carry out many tasks such as caring for, educating and looking after children, supervising children’s play time and providing safe and creative play opportunities. You will also be responsible for some administration which may include keeping and updating records. The successful apprentice will be working with a team of qualified colleagues, where they will be helping to maintain the high standards required for this position. You will also be required to attend staff meetings where you will learn about the processes and procedures that you will be following for this position.

You will be supervised by a qualified member of staff and must follow the companies procedures including health and safety in the workplace at all times, as well as making sure that all play equipment, books etc.. are put away at the end of each day.

Working Hours: The shifts will be between 8:30am-6pm, covering 30-40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage depending on age.

Holiday: 20-28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

Little Orchard Montessori Nursery was started by Jane Tuson in 1981, the current proprietors took over in September 2005. Due to demand and a need for full day care, in January 2011 the nursery moved to the old school site at Sparkwell. There are now two nurseries, both of which are open for 51 weeks of the year closing only for bank holidays and approximately a week over the Christmas and New Year period. They also offer term time only spaces for funded 2 and 3 year old children.

Past Apprentices

They are currently supporting level 3 apprentices through Skills Group.

The employer is very committed to staff training and development, and are currently looking for an additional apprentice to join their hard working experienced working team to undertake the level 2 apprenticeship.

On completion of your Level 2 qualification, you will have the opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge already achieved by progressing on to the Level 3 apprenticeship. This will open up greater opportunities at the end of your apprenticeship program to further your career within child care or progress onto further education.

Skills Required

You will have an enthusiasm for working with young children with an interest in the care, learning and development of young children. You must also have a commitment to the provision of high quality childcare.

You must also have a positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant will have a passion for childcare, a smiley, bubbly, fun personality and be approachable. As an apprentice, you must be able to work with other adults and be able to demonstrate good teamwork skills along with being understanding, caring and trusting.

You will need to be flexible and show a willingness to progress and succeed in your own chosen career.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role, include GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications such as functional skills.

The Apprenticeship in Child Care includes:

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (Level 1)
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Certified Health and Safety Course
  • Internet Safety / Safeguarding

All aspects of the qualification and training will be delivered at your workplace where you will be supported throughout your training by your employer. You will have regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated assessor who will help you, and monitor your progression throughout your apprenticeship.

As an additional qualification you will also achieve Emergency and Paediatric First Aid, and a Health and Safety Certificate, along with Internet Safety and Safeguarding.

Please tick if you also want to enter our current competition and agree to the terms and conditions.

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About Us

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