Nursery Apprentice

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Rated Outstanding for apprenticeships
in our June 2017 Ofsted inspection

Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Apprenticeship summary


  • To promote the aims and objectives of the Nursery and to provide a high standard of quality care and education.
  • To promote the high standards of the nursery at all times to parents, carers, colleagues and visitors.
  • To be aware of and act in accordance with current legislation and policies and procedures in place at any time.
  • To ensure you meet your own and the Nursery’s responsibilities with regards to Safeguarding, Prevent, British Values and FGM and attend necessary associated Safeguarding training.
  • To ensure good practice at all times, particularly in relation to Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • To be involved in the setting and implementing of objectives and policies for the Nursery as requested.
  • To follow the Nursery processes for the administration and maintenance of records on the children and their families.
  • To help develop and implement systems to support child development/child protection, behaviour management/special or additional educational needs.
  • To assist in the efficient upkeep of the building and maintenance/stock of equipment, furnishings and fittings.
  • To be responsible for the Health and Safety standards appropriate for the needs of young children and ensuring your own and others around you comply with the same.
  • To ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.
  • 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 including where English is an additional language.
  • To submit Reflective Logs at the end of each month in readiness for the tri-monthly supervision/appraisal meeting.
  • To ensure confidentiality of information received (other than to report something of significance to a Senior/Deputy, Assistant or Manager of the Nursery and outside legislative bodies where appropriate).
  • To liaise with parents/carers colleagues and other family members to help ensure the particular needs of children are met and that parental/guardian choice is considered in terms of the care given.
  • To liaise with outside agencies as required
  • To undertake necessary training appropriate for your role from time to time.
  • To comply with all Group Nursery policies and procedures in place at any time.
  • To assist in complete the necessary documentation associated with a key worker role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • To be able to communicate clearly with adults and children, especially with regard to people of different race, ability, gender, religion, culture 
  • To have strong grammatical and written English skills
  • Computer literate with ability to use in house software and general data input 
  • To demonstrate creative ability. 
  • To understand Equal Opportunities and Diversity
  • To understand Health and Safety in relation to a Children’s Day Care setting and practical hygiene. 
  • To be able to demonstrate the ability to take on a role of responsibility together with a clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality 
  • To be able to demonstrate a professional approach to the role 


  • Experience of working with young children 
  • Knowledge of Keyworker systems and record keeping 
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children and Child protection procedures 
  • Knowledge of EYFS Framework/Children Act/Every Child Matters 
  • Working knowledge of EYFS 
  • Knowledge/Awareness of issues relating to FGM
  • Knowledge of British Values and Prevent 
  • Knowledge of children’s needs and behaviour together with ability to set appropriate limits for children

Personal qualities


  • An enjoyment of being with children and to form warm relationships 
  • Team player
  • Self Motivation and Self Discipline
  • Commitment

About the employer

Hermitage Day Nursery

Hermitage Day Nursery was architecturally designed and purpose-built as a Children's Day Nursery for Elaine and Graham Blunt, who have a simple philosophy of continually aiming to offer the highest levels of childcare. One of our nursery's more important features is its policy of employing a fully qualified nursery team, who all hold a childcare qualification and also have a First Aid and Food Hygiene qualification. The nursery also provides three balanced meals freshly prepared each day, including breakfast which is offered to all children arriving before 9.00am. We are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, the National Day Nurseries Association and 4Children organisation. We were one of the first nurseries in the country to be awarded Neighbourhood Nursery status by our Local Authority. It is a great responsibility to care for children, and therefore our aim is to offer the highest levels of nursery care we possibly can.
Apprenticeship Framework:Children and Young People's Workforce
Weekly Wage: £148.00
Working Week: Monday-Friday 40 hours p/w
Apprenticeship duration: 2 years
Possible start date: 30-04-2018
Level: Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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