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Nursery Assistant Apprenticeship
£4.50 per hour for Level 2 apprentices. £5.00 per hour for Level 3 apprentices.


Vacancy Title: Nursery Assistant Apprenticeship


Key Objectives

  • To support the educational programmes in Alexandra House Nursery participating in the planning, preparation and practices. Contribute towards a stimulating, safe learning environment in which children’s welfare, learning and development needs are met in accordance with Company policies and procedures, all local authority and Ofsted regulations and the EYFS Framework.
  • To ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of all children attending Alexandra House Nursery
  • To ensure all agreed quality and safety standards, policies and procedures are followed and maintained in the nursery at all times
  • To provide quality learning and development for children in an inclusive, stimulating environment


  • All Apprentice Early Years Practitioners are expected to undertake training in order to become competent in the following tasks:
  • Participate as a member of a team of adults working together to create an environment which promotes children’s development and learning
  • Have knowledge and experience of delivering the EYFS
  • Foster children’s growth, self esteem and independence
  • Contribute to the planning and preparation of activities
  • Attend regular staff meetings and training
  • Contribute to observation and records of children’s development
  • Encourage children’s learning in both English and their home language
  • Foster effective links with parents/carers and other professionals
  • Be responsible for particular indoor and outdoor learning areas and activities planning and preparing appropriate materials as required
  • Share responsibility for children’s daily care routines, encouraging and promoting children’s independence towards self care and self regulation
  • Share responsibility for managing infection control procedures throughout the nursery environment
  • Adhere to the Equal Opportunity and Anti Discriminatory Practice policy promoting positive behaviour and attitudes
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures to ensure that the welfare requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) are met
  • Follow food hygiene procedures in line with current best practice
  • Support children with special / additional needs and contribute to any specified programmes which assist their learning and development liaising with the SENCO.
  • Assist in specified programmes e.g physiotherapy, speech and language etc
  • Provide comfort to sick children and administer First Aid as appropriate
  • Administer medication when necessary in accordance with the setting policy and procedure
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms that a child may be at risk of abuse or harm. Be fully aware of and follow all child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Access training or professional development in line with the appraisal system keeping up to date with current good practice and attend in-service training as agreed with the Childcare Manager

Additional responsibilities

  • An Early Years Practitioner at Level 3 or above would be expected to:
  • Be a key person for a group of children and compile written contributions to record their personal development and learning. Working closely with the families to develop trusting and collaborative relationships which support children’s emotional wellbeing
  • Contribute to the development of the curriculum EYFS, policies and procedures
  • Take responsibility for a particular area of work – toy/book library, First Aid, Health and Safety, Fire Warden, Child Protection etc
  • Support volunteers or students on placement
  • Take the register

Employer Description: Based near the historic Crownhill Fort on the northern side of Plymouth, the nursery provides daytime childcare for children between 18 months and 5 years. Alexandra House Nursery is committed to learning together through play, by offering children a rich and varied range of experiences and resources in a happy, safe, and secure environment. The curriculum enables children to develop an understanding of themselves, their community, and the wider world. We value children for who they are as much as for who they will become. Every child's individuality is recognised and we celebrate their successes. View Map

 Training to be provided: The majority of your training will be carried out at your work place location, however on occasion there may be a requirement to attend the Achievement Training Centre in Plymouth City Centre for off-the-job seminars and input tutorial sessions.

  • QCF Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce Level 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT (If required).

Skills Required:

  • Effective communication skills to liaise with children, staff, parents and other professionals
  • Ability to adapt to a changing working environment
  • A good team-player so that everyone can work effectively together
  • Ability to solve problems and identify solutions

Personal Qualities:

  • Punctual, reliable and behave in a professional manner at all times
  • Level-headed and able to deal with varying situation in a calm and orderly manner
  • Friendly, understanding and caring manner
  • A good sense of humour
  • Prepare to work in a challenging but fun and friendly environment
  • Flexible

 Qualifications Required: A good level of English and Maths skills is preferred.

Other Important Information An enhanced DBS check will be required.

 If this vacancy receives a large volume of applicants, the post may close early. If you’re unsure about applying or have any questions, please feel free to give the team a call for a chat on 01752 202269, we would love to hear from you.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.
If you want any advice on your pay, you can contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or visit Otherwise, all learners come under your normal terms of employment ranging from holidays, to sick pay and disciplinary procedures.

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