Nursery Nurse Apprentice

The Village Nursery
October 23, 2020
Bramcote, Nottingham
Job Type


About Employer:

Located in Bramcote, Nottingham the Village Nursery is committed to maintaining the highest standards of day care and nursery education. We offer full day and part time day care and early years education in a safe, secure and stimulating environment, and can accommodate up to 82 children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Vacancy Description:

Remember – Childcare is not a 9-5 job. It is very important that you have a passion for working with young children. The role will be lots of fun but it is still very important to remain professional. There will be lots to learn but don’t worry you won’t be expected to know everything from day one. The most important thing in this role will be that you are motivated to learn and excited to engage with children on a daily basis. If you’re still reading this and want to apply then we want to hear from you!

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • With your staff team, deliver a programme of exciting play opportunities and activities suitable to the age range and developmental needs of the children in your room which will motivate their learning and integration within the nursery.
  • To ensure that a caring and stimulating environment is provided for children that takes into account individual developmental needs and enables children to reach their full potential.
  • Keep well-informed of legislation, guidelines and policies to ensure the Children’s Act and the Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements are met at all times.
  • Support all staff and engage in the development of a strong, knowledgeable staff team.
  • To be flexible within working practices of nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack, meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.
  • Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the nursery is fulfilled.
  • Ensure children are collected by someone known to the nursery.
  • To ensure compliance with legislative requirements at all times.
  • To ensure that the nursery consistently meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage to a minimum “good” standard.
  • To uphold and ensure a high standard of care in the nursery.
  • To implement and maintain the company’s Equality policy ensuring that children, parents and the staff team are valued and practice is positive and non-discriminatory.
  • To ensure the safety of children by following appropriate safeguarding procedures.
  • To give regular feedback to the Room Leader about the nursery including any complaints received or any situation that may be detrimental to the company.
  • Prepare the nursery for Ofsted inspections and action any recommendations made by the inspector ensuring a minimum “Good” grade is awarded
  •  Liaise with Parent’s and Carer’s sharing information about their child’s development when appropriate.
  • Once you have been trained on the EYFS, support the staff team by completing observations and begin to link these to the Development Matters Framework.
  • After your settling in period and completion of successful observations as determined by your mentor, you will be required to assist in the keeping of an accurate ‘Learning Journey’ file.
  • Assist the team in working with parents of children that have been identified as having SEND to give full integration in the nursery.
  • To be involved in out of working hour’s activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, Christmas party, etc.
  • Assist in recording accidents on accident forms and follow Safeguarding procedures in recording all accidents and incidents. Ensure a senior member of staff has signed the report before the parent receives it.
  • Look upon the nursery as a “whole”; be constantly aware of the needs of children and the setting.
  • To develop your role within the team.
  • Ensure preparation and completion of activities to suit the child’s stage of development.
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant socialisation and role modelling of good table manners and sharing.
  • Be active promoting good personal hygiene to children, i.e. washing hands before meals.
  • You will be required to take part in a rota for nappy changing or toilet training where appropriate.
  • Provide comfort and warmth to an unwell child and follow nursery policy.
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times.
  • To communicate effectively with all members of staff and be professional at all times.
  • Work within the margins of confidentially respecting information pertaining to children, parents and staff.
  • Manage own time to complete tasks effectively, prioritising workload and delegating tasks where necessary.
  • To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas.
  • To keep up to date on all current childcare issues.
  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children, ensuring that their needs are met.
  • To make recommendations for the future development.
  • Be professional, polite and positive in all verbal and non-verbal interactions with staff, parents and children at all times.
  • To be aware of child: staff ratios are maintained.
  • To fully take part in the staff supervision scheme producing an Individual Training Plan.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the staff team, through regular staff meetings, team meetings, training sessions and open honest communication.
  • Provide constructive, honest, feedback to support and encourage all staff.
  • To establish good professional relationships with colleagues working in other nurseries.
  • To ensure that all supplies are used with due economy.
  • To assist in maintaining children’s records to a high standard with due regard to confidentiality.
  • To observe children through play to identify their individual needs and aims by carrying out observations and evaluations of children’s activities.
  • To assist in maintaining personal contact with parents through meetings, parents evenings, open days and informal conversations.
  • To ensure that all parents are welcomed appropriately giving due regard to their concerns and questions.
  • To assist the work with feeder schools to ensure the smooth transition of children to school.
  • Deliver high quality customer service at all times.
  • Support the Management team where necessary to effectively market the nursery in the local community utilising local events to promote the nurseries image.
  • Ensure that all commitments made with the college and the nursery are mutually agreed by all parties.
  • Show commitment to your course, ensuring all coursework is completed within the agreed timescales.
  • Complete an evaluation before and after training, following agreed actions to improve practice.
  • To act as an ambassador for the nursery and maintain a positive image of its aims and objectives.
  • To understand that as part of your training you will be required to move to all age ranges of the nursery.
  • To attend all in house Apprentice training as delivered by Senior Management Team.
  • To ensure that the physical environment of the nursery is maintained to comply with the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • To assist in the completion of daily Health & Safety checks.
  • Be aware of and comply with EHO and COSHH regulations.
  • To have clear knowledge of procedures to be followed in case of emergency e.g. Fire, and accident, completing and submitting relevant paperwork.
  • To report any repairs or replacement of equipment to the Room Leader, and remove from the room if required ensuring environment is safe.
  • Assist with appropriate indoor and outdoor equipment checks, checking the play areas before each use.
  •  To ensure the nursery is kept clean and hygienic at all times and to carry out cleaning duties throughout the day following the Infection Control Policy.
  • To carry out regular cleaning of equipment and that it is recorded accurately
  • To ensure that equipment and resources used are of suitable design and condition, well maintained and conform to safety standards and that it is used for the purpose in which it was designed.

Skills Required:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to communicate on a variety of levels; between parents, children and colleagues
  • Awareness of safeguarding
  • Good listening skills
  • Skills to help make a positive difference to the life of a child

Personal Qualities:

  • Hard working
  • Organised
  • Team Player
  • Friendly
  • Genuine desire to work in the children sector
  • Willingness to learn

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

Ideally A* - C in Maths and English or equivalent

Training and Qualifications Delivered:

Level 2  Early Years Educator

Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English (If required)

Level 1 or 2 Functions Skills Maths (If required)

Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills ICT (If required)

Working Week and Salary:

Monday - Friday, working on a shift basis between 7.30am - 6pm

Total hours per week: 40

Wage per hour - £4.15

Weekly wage - £166

Future Prospects:
As with any apprenticeship, after you have finished the qualification you will have the opportunity to progress onto further qualifications. As well as being in full time employment.

Things to consider:

The successful candidate will be required to complete a full DBS Check.

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