Published: May 14, 2019
Bobtails have a fantastic opportunity for an apprentice to join their child care facilities based in Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role
You will carry out duties such as helping to organise playtime activities, and planning and assisting in projects for games and exercise sessions. You must make sure that the children’s safety and welfare is a priority at all times as well as making all activity sessions fun and enjoyable. You will also help to organise and prepare lunch and snacks for all the children.
Part of your daily duties will be to take part in art and craft activities, this will be a good opportunity to get to know the children and create a bond between each individual.
An important part of any company’s requirements is to make sure that all health and safety procedures are followed in the workplace at all times, and all the equipment is put away at the end of each day.
The successful candidate will be supervised throughout their apprenticeship by a fully trained member of staff, who will assist them in all aspects of your role for this position.
Working Hours: You will be required to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, hours will vary depending on the rota.
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.
At Bobtails we cater for children from the ages 2-11 years. We are a Committee run nursery, which means parents and other valuable members of the community oversee the day to day running of the setting.
At Bobtails your child will have his/her own key person who will create activities tailor made around your child. We eat healthy snacks and enjoy lots of activities in our woodland garden areas.
We are very proud to have passed the Bristol Standard self evaluation framework every year since 2011 and we will continue to learn through reflecting on what we do.
Through having completed your level you will have gained the skills in child care that you can use to maximise your future career. You will also have the opportunity to progress onto the advanced level, in order to gain additional skills and knowledge, with the aim of full time employment in your chosen career.
The ideal candidate will need to have good communication skills when dealing with children and adults, and will need to be reliable and hardworking. You must have the ability to follow procedures from given instructions.
You must be able to work well as part of a team and use your own initiative when working alone.
The successful candidate must have great leadership and organisational skills, and be confident in everything you do. The ability to work under pressure, as well as good problem solving skills and flexibility, are also desirable.
The successful candidate must be reliable, hardworking and have the ability to learn and develop their child care skills. Good timekeeping and attendance are both very important for this position, as you may be required to start earlier on occasions.
Qualifications required for this role, include GCSE grades A-E 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:
•Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
•Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
•Employment Responsibilities and Rights
•Emergency First Aid
•Certified Health and Safety Course
•Internet Safety / Safeguarding
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!