An exciting opportunity for four Early Years Apprentices to join Next Steps Nursery, based at Next Head Office in Enderby. Ideal candidates must be confident, highly motivated and have a passion for working within children. Both Level 2 or 3 Apprentices to be considered.

  • Rated outstanding for apprenticeships in our June 2017 ofsted inspection
    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider




Weekly Wage:


Possible Start Date:


Working Week:

Monday - Friday, working hours TBC

Apprenticeship Framework:

Early years practitioner




16 months


Reports to Nursery Manager/Officer in charge.

Position Responsibility:

  • To be trained for the same post as a Nursery Nurse or Nursery Assistant
  • To contribute to a high quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities

Key Areas:

  • To work with children
  • To attend training
  • To complete all assignments set
  • To be part of a team
  • To attend associated training
  • To liaise with mentor

Description of Duties:

  • Going to College and completing assignments on time
  • To attend team meetings and contribute with ideas
  • Under supervision to provide all aspects of care for children including washing, changing and feeding
  • To assist with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • To provide adult interaction with children in the nursery
  • To be aware of the nurseries confidentiality policy
  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team
  • To attend out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, parents evenings sports day, Christmas party, etc.
  • Contribute to good standards of hygiene and cleanliness in Nursery
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature, as may be determined by the trainee’s supervisor from time to time
  • The trainee’s duties must at all times be carried out in compliance with the nursery’s Equal Opportunities policy
  • Look upon the nursery as a "whole" where can your help be most utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of children
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times
  • To be aware of all emergency and fire evacuation procedures
  • To be aware of sections 7 & 8 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • To understand that as part of training you will be required to move to other parts of the nursery



  • General understanding of children’s development
  • Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of day care for young children and the EYFS curriculum
  • Awareness of purposeful planning for children in day care settings
  • Ability to communicate confidently with a parents/carers
  • Able to work independently and to manage own time efficiently
  • Understanding of the role of the key person
  • Ability to follow instructions and work on own initiative as necessary
  • Good verbal communication and listening skills to communicate effectively with parents, carers and other professionals
  • Literate with good written communication skills
  • Able to keep accurate records
  • Numerate
  • Able to implement high health and safety standards
  • Excellent organisational and time keeping skills


  • Pro-active and self-motivated
  • Committed to giving children and families the opportunity to reach their full potential
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Calm under pressure
  • Motivated
  • Team worker
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about development in early years


Our Nursery is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and is based at Next Head Office in Enderby, Leicester.

Working in our Nursery facility, you’ll help provide high quality care and engaging learning experiences for the children under your supervision. As part of this you’ll be a champion for best practice, planning learning opportunities that ensure children have the chance to develop to their full potential.


Monday 14th, February 2022