Nursery Practitioner Apprentice (Level 3/Advanced)

Job Description

Employer Description

Canterbury Day Nursery is a full day and out of school care setting, for children from 3 months to 11 years all year round. They provide a secure, safe and stimulating environment to enhance the education and development of children in a parent involving community based group.

Travel information:

Nursery is located within walking distance of bus routes.

Description of Vacancy

  • To provide a safe, loving and caring environment for all children where they can learn to play and socialise.
  • Supervise, plan and encourage children in their various activities.
  • Promote British values and teach the children to respect and have good manners.
  • Liaise with all members of staff in your room first thing in the morning to discuss the day.
  • Talk through messages  and any problems that could arise.
  • Make sure that the Health and Safety checks are done if you are on the early shift and logged in the diary.
  • Ensure children are signed In & Out on the tablet and accident books or incident sheets are filled out correctly.
  • Ensure all medication is entered in the medicine book by parents and signed and checked by staff administering.
  • Prepare and write reports/observations on individual children.
  • Review and revise planning for your key children.
  • Liaise with the cook regarding diets and numbers daily.
  • Liaise with senior staff regarding lunch times.
  • Ensure that all steps possible are taken to safeguard the welfare and safety of children and other personnel whilst on the premises.
  • Create a loving and caring atmosphere in which children can learn, play and socialise with others.
  • Supervise and encourage children in their various activities.
  • Report immediately if any equipment needs repair or renewal, this to include all garden equipment as well.
  • Undertake cleaning and tidying as required.
  • Wash all toys regularly.
  • Undertake other reasonable duties delegated to you which may include working in other sections.
  • Make sure doors, windows, are locked and taps turned off before leaving.
  • Obtain information in keeping up to date with current childcare  practise by, reading, attending meetings, training sessions and by observations and discussion.
  • Also to attend training days to keep up to date with current practice.
  • Attend parents evening outside normal working hours, plus termly staff meetings.


£8 per hour

£320 per week (40 hours)

£360 per week (45 hours)


Shift system

Minimum hours will be 40 hours per week

Maximum hours will be 45 hours per week

Various shift patterns depending on the room you are in: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

30 – 60 minutes unpaid lunch break depending on the room and shift.

20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as "Off the Job Training"

Skills Required

  • A good understanding of children.

Personal Qualities

  • Good work ethic
  • Well presented
  • Reliable and good timekeeper
  • Aspiration to learn

Qualifications Required

GCSE Level 9-4 (or Grade A-C) in English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

Training Provided

On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard - Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

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