Child Care Apprentice
Published: Jun 22, 2017
St. David’s Hill Playgroup are looking to take on a child care apprentice to support the running of the Nursery.
The Apprentice’s Role
As a level 2 child care apprentice, you will be expected to have excellent observational and communication skills and will play an active part in the development of the children in your care.
You will help children to understand and demonstrate good health, hygiene and personal habits during meal times, rest periods and bathroom use, and model excellence whilst you assist in serving snacks and refreshments to children.
A nursery assistant usually performs many tasks which includes supervising children play time, engaging children in learning and play activities and keeping and updating records. In addition you will be working with team members, maintaining a high standard of operation and attending staff meetings.
Working Hours: The working hours will be 30-40 hours per week on a rota basis. This will be over 5 days each week.
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: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
St. David's Hill Playgroup has been operating for over 40 years, they have a vast amount of experience in caring for children. They are a small team, made up of 4 people currently.
They welcome children aged 2 to 5 years from all areas and have strong links with the local community and St David’s Primary School.
St. David's Hill Playgroup have previously invested in the apprenticeship programme, where their apprentices have completed their qualifications and advanced their careers.
On completion of your level 2 qualification, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills, experience and knowledge further within the working environment by completing a level 3 qualification.
The employer is very committed to staff development and training, and to assist the successful apprentice to progress through all their training, with a view to future employment.
The successful candidate needs to be outgoing and able to work using your own initiative. As an apprentice, you will have an interest in the needs of young children and have the ability to work as part of a team and understand the importance of confidentiality.
You will need to have good communication skills when dealing with children and adults, and will be reliable and hard working.
The successful candidate must have great leadership and organisational skills, and be confident in everything they do. You must have the ability to work under pressure, as well as possess good problem solving skills and flexibility in your approach to work.
The successful applicant will need to be highly reliable and extremely patient, with a kind, fair and supportive approach to be able to work effectively in this child care setting.
As an apprentice, you must be able to work with other adults and be able to demonstrate good teamwork skills, and where required, have the ability to work alone in an organised and focused manner.
An ability to communicate well with children, staff and parents is essential.
GCSE A-C* desirable but not essential.
The Apprenticeship in Child Care includes:
Most 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.