Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Job Description

Employer Description

We offer both full-day and half-day sessions for children from two to four years of age. Our parents have the choice to sign up for term-time only hours or for the year.

The Nursery operates with an ethos of learning through play which encourages children to combine both structured learning experiences and their natural inclination to play, explore and question, to develop into young boys and girls, ready for the challenges that growing up will bring.

At Little Lambs Nursery we provide a happy, warm, stimulating and secure learning environment for our children. Our Nursery team aim to meet the individual needs of our children, giving them the social skills and confidence they need in their formative years and providing them with a sound platform for transition into school life.

On opening the door, every child receives a warm individual welcome from our happy, friendly team, which we believe creates an enthusiasm for the day ahead.

Description of vacancy

We are looking for an Apprentice Nursery Assistant to join our outstanding Nursery. Our Nursery team strive to meet the individual needs of our children, giving them the social skills and confidence they need in their formative years and providing them with a sound platform for transition into school life. The successful applicants will work with the team to deliver a flexible, high quality education and care to meet the needs of the children and their families.

Our Nursery team strive to meet the individual needs of our children, giving them the social skills and confidence they need in their formative years and providing them with a sound platform for transition into school life.

This post requires someone who loves working with and caring for children, and a confident user of ICT. They must be a self-starter who is able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team, and someone who would be able to help maintain high standards, good order and a happy, warm, stimulating and secure learning environment for our children.

Responsibilities and Main Tasks

To work with the team to deliver a flexible, high-quality education and care to meet the needs of the children and their families.

  • To plan and carry out observations on children as needed;
  • To understand the role of children’s play in their physical, intellectual and emotional development;
  • To promote positive images for all children in the pre-school’s care by introducing appropriate activities to encourage equal development for both sexes, fostered through language, play and other activities;
  • To be familiar with the aims and standards for learning in use at the Nursery - the Early Years Foundation Stage;
  • To provide input to Nursery planning. To plan, carry out and evaluate activities for all children including differentiating where necessary to promote inclusion;
  • To keep developmental records of key group children including updating Learning Journeys, regular evaluations of children’s development and contribute to a Transition Report when appropriate;
  • To attend to the needs of the children including personal care at Nursery whilst they are in our care ensuring that they are safe, happy and stimulated to enable them to enjoy their time at Nursery;
  • To be fully involved in the children’s play, nurturing the children’s own creative potential through the activities offered and encouraging their full development;
  • Hold a current paediatric first aid certificate and food hygiene certificate and be responsible for their updating;
  • To report any safeguarding concerns over children and liaise with the appropriate external agencies, preserving confidentiality as necessary;
  • Comply with the School’s policies and procedures for child protection, countering bullying and positive handling, and be aware of the appropriate response needed in these areas;
  • To demonstrate a commitment to parental participation, recognising the individual needs of the parent and offering support to the parents where appropriate;
  • To ensure the safety and security of children in the Nursery. To have a knowledge of health and safety procedures and to be prepared to carry them out;
  • Carry out ongoing cleaning of the Nursery equipment to ensure the Nursery is tidy, safe, clean and secure for children, staff, parent/carers and visitors;
  • To provide an environment that adheres to the Vision, Mission and Ethos of the School.

Wage

16 and 17 year olds = £6.81 per hour

18 and over = £7.60 per hour

Hours

  • The working hours are 40 per week Monday to Friday. The Nursery day starts with breakfast at 7.30am and closes at 6pm.
  • Staff work an 8 hour day to cover the needs of the Nursery.
  • 30 minutes unpaid lunch break.
  • 20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”

Skills Required

Commitment, ambition, a willingness to learn, good attendance, keen interest in working with children, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Personal Qualities

Dedicated, team player, enthusiastic, good sense of humour, punctual, well presented

Qualifications Required

We require all applicants to hold GCSE (or equivalent) Grade A-C/4-9 in English or Maths.

If applying for Level 3 it would be usual to hold Level 2 qualifications.

Training Provided

On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard - This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including; full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.