Little Orchards Nursery and Pre-School

Little Orchards Nursery and Pre-School

£129.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Child Care Apprentice
Published: Mar 31, 2021
Ref: LO954SR

Little Orchards Nursery are looking for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice to join their friendly team in South Brent.

The Apprentice’s Role

You will be involved in supervising the childrens play time, and engaging children in learning and play activities. This is an important part of your role as it will help to build your confidence and ability to work with young children. You will learn how to interact with young children throughout all of their activities which will help you enjoy your progress through your apprenticeship.

On a daily basis you will be required to keep records and update accordingly, as well as working with team members to maintain a high standard of operation; this will ensure that the nursery runs smoothly and efficiently.

You will be supervised by a qualified member of staff, who will show you all the company policies and procedures required for this position, including Health and Safety in the workplace. You will be required to make sure that the nursery areas are clean and tidy at the end of the day, in preparation for the following day.

Working Hours: You will be required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday, hours will vary depending on the rota.

Wages: £129.00 per week, based on a 30 hour week, £4.30 per hour. Any overtime above 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.

Little Orchards Nursery is based in South Brent and offers high quality education and childcare for children ranging from 0 – 5yrs. All of their staff are highly qualified and experienced and the nursery has been rated Good by Ofsted on their last inspection.

They provide an environment that is warm, secure and stimulating in which they support and encourage children to achieve a high level of well-being and reach their full potential by valuing them as individuals, building their resilience, setting boundaries and respecting each other and the world they live in.

They continually strive to improve the service they provide by encouraging feedback and working on quality improvements wherever possible.

The staff also have a wide variety of training including providing care for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and the nursery is committed to being an inclusive provider.

Past Apprentices

Little Orchards have successfully recruited and trained apprentices since opening their doors in 2015. The employer is very keen on training their apprentices at level 2 and then encouraging them to progress on to their advanced level 3 apprenticeship. They are looking for a motivated enthusiastic apprentice to join their hard working team.

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.

Once having completed the Level 2 qualification, there will be an opportunity to work towards an Advanced Level 3 to further enhance your skills.

Skills Required

The ideal candidate will need to have good communication skills both with the children, colleagues and parents. You must be hardworking, reliable and have the ability to follow procedures and take instructions.

An important part of this position is to be able to work well within a team and be able to use your own initiative throughout the day. Good timekeeping and attendance are also required for this position, together with a focused approach on all the duties that you carry out.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will need to be presentable, outgoing and have a caring approach. You must be reliable, and enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn and progress in a professional busy nursery.

To enjoy and succeed in this role, you will need to have a focused and patient approach, and most importantly make each day is fun and enjoyable for the children.

Prior Qualifications

No previous qualification requirements, although GCSE's in Maths and English grades 9/2 (A*/E) or equivalent Functional Skills would be an advantage.

Additional Requirements

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.

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Standard Apprenticeship

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 6 to 12 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.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

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

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

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.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

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!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School