Level 2 Childcare Apprentice
Published: Nov 10, 2021
Watcombe Primary School Children’s Centre are looking for a level 2 childcare apprentice to join their team in Torquay.
The Apprentice’s Role
You will be part of a team who care for, and provide for, children’s learning and development in a safe and caring environment. To do this you will need to be motivated to learn, demonstrate your enthusiasm and model good communication skills. You will also need an ability to play and provide productive play experiences for children. As a member of the team you must be a good role model to the children in everything you do and say.
You will also be a key worker to a group of children where you will play a big part in their development and overall learning journey. The successful apprentice will be expected to work within the team to ensure the smooth day to day organisation and safety of all children.
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. You must also be a great team player and have excellent standards of personal hygiene and appearance, be reliable and model positive behaviour at all times.
Working Hours: Typical hours, 30 hours per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7.30am-6pm.
Wages: £138.60 to £267.30 per week, based on 30 hours per week.
Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
The nursery is in the grounds of Watcombe Primary School.
Enjoying a magnificent setting, surrounded by wooded hills and open fields with nearby, adjacent beaches.
They are on the northern boundary of Torquay, and directly facing the nursery is Brunel Woods and Brunel Manor, both closely associated with Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
This nursery are lucky to have a purpose built building with top of the range fixture and fittings.
Their extensive secured garden and outside play area is designed with the child in mind; we also have a secured covered play area if the weather is poor.
They currently have two apprentices with them and have successfully trained a few apprentices in the past.
After having completed the level 2 apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress on to the level 3 apprenticeship.
Currently all candidates that have passed the level 3 qualification and become fully qualified have been offered a permanent contract.
The successful candidate will be professional in manner and understand the important role you will play as a member of our team. You will have good oral and written communication skills and be able to organise yourself and anticipate work requirements.
You must be caring and cheerful with plenty of enthusiasm for your work. Patience and a desire to understand the children’s needs are vital.
Qualifications required for this role, include GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications such as Functional Skills.
The Apprenticeship in Childcare includes:
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.
Level 3 Childcare Apprentice
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!