The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

£129.00 per week

Exeter and Surrounding Areas

Level 2 Child Care Apprentice
Published: Apr 19, 2021
Ref: SG529LC

The Secret Garden is looking for a Childcare apprentice to join their busy team in Exmouth.

The Apprentice’s Role

As part of your apprenticeship programme, you will carry out a range of duties such as helping to organise playtime activities and planning and assisting in projects for games and exercise sessions.

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.

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.

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.

Duties will also include helping to build the children’s individual portfolios, preparation of meals (if required) and helping to provide an effective handover to parents.

The successful individual will be supervised throughout their apprenticeship by a fully trained member of staff, who will support them in all aspects of your role for this position.

Working Hours: The working hours will be between 30-37 hours per week, hours and shifts will vary depending on staffing requirements

Wages: £129.00 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.

The Secret Garden Day Nursery and Pre-school is a private day nursery which is situated in a large friendly house with a dual entry security system.

It has been registered under its new ownership since September 2011. The owner of the nursery Tejaswini Earp has managed and owned nurseries in Early Years for over 18 years, with a specialisation in the Montessori method of teaching.

Their team of staff have years of experience between them and are highly qualified. They are always bettering themselves through various training courses and keep up to date with all current standards and legislation.

Past Apprentices

They have taken on apprentices in the past and developed them to become valuable members of staff.

After having completed the Level 2 in Childcare, you will have the opportunity to progress within this nursery onto higher levels qualifications and a more senior position.

Skills Required

In order to be successful for this role, you will need to have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Be able to follow procedures
  • Work as part of a team
  • Use your own initiative
  • Great organisational and leadership skills
  • Work well under pressure
  • Good problem solving skills and flexibility
  • Good timekeeping and attendance

Personal Qualities

In order to be successful for this role, you will need to be:

  • Confident in dealing with a range of individuals
  • Passionate about working with young people
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Motivated
  • Patient

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role, include GCSE grades A*-E (9/2) in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications such as Functional Skills.

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.

The Apprenticeship in Child Care includes:
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