Bright Sparks is a friendly nursery based in Efford, Plymouth, who are looking for a childcare apprentice to become a vital member of their team.
The Apprentice’s Role
As a child care apprentice, you will be expected to have excellent observational and communication skills and will play an active part in the development of the children in your care.
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.
A nursery assistant usually performs many tasks which includes supervising children play time, engaging children in learning and play activities and keeping and updating records. In addition you will be working with team members, maintaining a high standard of operation and attending staff meetings.
Working Hours: The working hours will be 30-40 hours per week on a rota basis. This will be over 5 days each week.
Wages: £148.00 per week, based on a 30 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.
At Bright Sparks we are aware of how important family life is to children and the pressures that modern society can have upon this. Therefore we aim to be as flexible as we can to be able to accommodate for most childcare needs. We are open from 7.30 am (7.15 when required) to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, all year round except for Bank holidays and 2 weeks at Christmas when we close. We provide for a variety of childcare needs for children aged from 3 months to 12 years. This includes: a breakfast club and after school club during term time. We use the Bright Sparks car to transport children to and from a variety of local Schools. In the holidays we run a holiday club where we provide lots of fun activities and trips. The activities are often themed with the children themselves helping with the planning to ensure a fun time is had.
On completion of your qualification, you will have the opportunity to further 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 your own initiative. As an apprentice you will have an interest in the needs of young children and 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 will be reliable and hard working.
The successful candidate must have great leadership and organisational skills, and be confident in everything you 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 where required, have the ability to work alone in an organised and focused manner.
An ability to communicate well with children, staff and parents is essential.
GCSE A-C is desirable but not essential.
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.