Child Care Apprentice
Published: Aug 04, 2017
Bambinos Childcare Centres have been operating in Plymouth since 1994, and are looking to recruit a child care apprentice to join the team in their Mutley branch.
The Apprentice’s Role
You will be expected to work within the team to ensure the smooth day to day organisation and safety of all children. The successful apprentice must have excellent observation and communication skills and will play an active part in the development of the children in their care. You will also be a key worker to a group of children where you will play a big part in their development and overall learning journey.
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. You must also be a great team player and have excellent standards of personal hygiene and appearance, be reliable and model positive behaviour at all times.
This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Working Hours: Typical hours, 35-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7.30am-6pm.
Wages: £156.00 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.
Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01752 332442.
Bambinos childcare centres have been operating in Plymouth since 1994, they now have sites in Mutley, Plymstock, Woolwell and Tavistock. Each Bambinos site offers superb natural environments both indoors and out, where children learn and thrive.
The nursery is open from 7.30am to 6pm for 51 weeks of the year. They are closed for a week at Christmas and are closed all bank holidays.
The nursery has recently employed an apprentice through Skills Group and are now looking for further apprentices to extend their highly professional team.
On completion of your qualification, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills, experience and knowledge further within the working environment.
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 their own initiative. You should have an interest in the needs of young children, 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 be reliable and hardworking. The successful candidate must also 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 when required, have the ability to work alone in an organised and focused manner. An ability to communicate well with children, staff and parents is also essential.
Qualifications required for this role, include GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications such as functional skills.
In order to be successful for this position, you will need to complete an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be arranged by the employer after successfully completing the initial interview.
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.
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!