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Nursery Apprentice

Closing Date: June 27, 2018 12:00

Location: Alpha Nursery (at Ayrton Primary) - (Portsmouth)

Salary: Apprentice rate £6,945 per annum

Hours: Full time

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Nursery Apprentice

Dear candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the opportunity to become an Apprentice in Childcare

Alpha Nursery forms part of Ark Ayrton Primary Academy. The academy joins both the wider Ark Schools network in London, Birmingham and Hastings and also Charter Academy and Ark Dickens in Portsmouth.

Alpha Nursery is looking to support enthusiastic applicants on an apprenticeship scheme working 36 hours within the nursery (a rota operates between 7.15 am – 6.00 pm) and attending training during these hours. The apprenticeships are fully funded and will commence from September 2018 and will last for approximately one year with possible extension.  Applicants will be expected to complete an NVQ level 2 or 3 within this time.

Applicants must be eligible to qualify for Government funding and be able to commit to study and daily duties within the nursery. You will be able to work independently and as part of a team, maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times. A DBS clearance at enhanced level is required prior to any offer of employment.  A training wage of £133.50 per week is offered to support candidates.

To apply please go to: www.arkalphanursery.org. Please submit your application by 27th June 2018. If you have any queries or wish to discuss the role further, please contact Julie Ayrton or Chris Kone on 023 9282 9899 or 023 9282 4828 or email j.ayrton@arkalphnursery.org or c.kone@arkalphanursery.org

Job Description: Apprenticeship in Childcare

Reporting to:             Nursery Manager

Hours:                        7.15 am to 6.00 pm 

The Role

Under the direction of the qualified nursery staff to assist in providing a high standard of childcare for children aged between 3 months - 8 years within a stimulating and friendly environment that is physically and emotionally secure.

To commit to and work towards achieving NVQ qualifications, technical certificate and key skills with the aid of a reputable training agency and the nursery staff. Children's welfare must be of paramount importance.

Apprenticeship details:

  • Government funding applies
  • Typical length of training opportunity lasts approximately 12 months. This will be reviewed to each individual.
  • All applicants will be welcome to apply for permanent qualified post if a vacancy occurs at the end of training
  • All staff are required to gain and maintain a current first aid certificate and DBS clearance at enhanced level.

Key tasks:

  • Assist the team with specific tasks activities relating to the children attending the Nursery.
  • Assist in maintaining, at all times, a high standard of professional conduct and a child centred approach to the care provided.
  • Assisting others with the implementation of a range of activities to ensure that the physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs of each child are properly met.
  • Highlight any concerns over the children to qualified staff.
  • Abide by nursery policies and procedures for record keeping of accidents, medicines, behaviour and other issues.
  • Assist in preparing materials and equipment at the start of each session and clearing away at the end. All toys, equipment rooms and play areas must be kept safe and hygienic at all times and as clean and tidy as is practicable. This will involve damp dusting, minor cleaning and mopping up of spillage, etc, but will exclude major cleaning.
  • To assist staff in ensuring that toys and equipment are properly used, withdrawing immediately or rendering harmless any potentially dangerous items and arranging repair or proper disposal thereafter. Also reporting, immediately to superiors, any repair or maintenance work required to the fabric of the building.
  • Ensuring that staff are kept informed of the physical and emotional security of the children, and that anything about a child that gives cause for concern is reported to the Manager immediately and acted upon accordingly.
  • Assist in comforting sick or injured children, when appropriate.
  • To be responsible for your own health, safety and welfare as well as the users of the Nursery in both normal and emergency situations in accordance with Nursery guidelines. Also being fully conversant with fire drills and other emergency procedures and taking responsibility for the children under your care.
  • Assist in supervising the children at meal times, and assisting with feeding as necessary.
  • Assisting other staff in attending to the physical needs of the children (aged 3 months to 8 years). Generally fostering their development, independence and self-reliance.
  • Adopting a flexible and teamwork approach to work at all times including providing the necessary cover for other staff in emergency situations, etc, as directed by and within the limits of registration requirements. When necessary staying late with children ensuring that emergency arrangements are made for them to be reunited with their parent/guardian(s).
  • Commit to and work towards achieving NVQ qualifications with the aid of a reputable training agency and nursery staff.
  • You will work 36 hours per week at the nursery which will include training time.
  • The above range of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive; postholders will be expected to perform work of similar level and responsibility when requested to do so

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PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

POST TITLE:                         Nursery Apprentice

 

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

HOW

ASSESSED

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Childcare related courses

First Aid Certificate

2 GCSEs (Grades A-C) or equivalent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

App/Cert.

App/Cert.

App/Cert.

 

EXPERIENCE

Some relevant childcare experience

 

 

 

X

 

 

App/Int.

 

KNOWLEDGE

Basic understanding of Health and Safety

 

 

X

 

 

  

App/Int.

 

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Team Worker

Good listening skills

Good observational skills

Able to work on own initiative

Communication skills:

·         with children

·         with colleagues

 

  

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

App/Ref/Int.

Ref/Int.

App/Ref/Int.

App/Ref/Int.

App/Ref/Int.

App/Ref/Int.

OTHER

 

Enthusiasm for the role

Personal Development

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

App/Ref/Int.

App/Int.

 

 

 

 

KEY

 

App -  Application

Int. -  Interview  

Ref -  Reference

Cert. -  Certificate  

 

 

 

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