Child Care Apprentice
Published: May 22, 2018
Pixieland Day Nurseries (Saltash, Plymouth) have a fantastic opportunity for an apprentice to join their experienced team and to undertake a career in child care.
The Apprentice’s Role
The right candidate must be highly trustworthy and attentive to children’s needs. You will carry out many tasks such as supervising children’s play time, engaging children in learning and play activities, and keeping and updating records.
You will be working with a qualified team where you will be helping to maintain the high standards required for this position. You will also be required to attend staff meetings where you learn about the processes and procedures you will be following for this position.
You will be supervised by a qualified member of staff and must follow the companies procedures including health and safety in the workplace, as well as making sure that all play equipment and books are put away at the end of the day.
Working Hours: Typical hours are 40 hours per week, spread over Monday to Saturday, with one day off during the week, and will include shifts between 7am and 6.30pm.
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.
They have four centres in and around the Plymouth area, where they have built up great relationships with very loyal customers and prepared many children for their first steps into school.
Pixieland Day Nursery have supported many apprentices in the last 10 years and currently still have two apprentices with them. They have all completed their level 2 qualifications, and have progressed on to the advanced level 3 apprenticeship.
The employer is very committed to staff training and development, and are currently looking for an additional apprentice to join their hard working experienced working team.
Once having completed your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress.
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.
You will need to have good communication skills when dealing with children and adults, and be reliable and hard working. You must have the ability to follow procedures, and to work as part of a team along with being able to use your initiative when working alone.
The successful candidate must have great leadership and organisational skills, and be confident in everything they do. You must have the ability to work well under pressure, as well as possess good problem solving skills and flexibility in your approach to work.
The successful candidate will need to be caring, reliable, and enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn in a professional busy nursery. You will need to be outgoing, flexible and show a willingness to progress and succeed in your own chosen career.
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:
All 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!