Childcare Apprentice Level 2

In Training
London (East)
£3.50 per hour
30 Nov 2017
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to start your career in Childcare with the chance to gain a level 2 childcare qualification. They are looking for someone who has a passion to deliver a high quality care and education to young children as well as having an interest in early year’s development.
The school is set in beautiful surroundings in Wapping East London, located on the same site as Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, overlooking the River Thames. The location is close to both the City of London and Canary Wharf. Their classrooms are open plan allowing them to adapt the layout to suit different settings.
My clients approach is an educating approach for children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator. It arose in the process of their experimental observation of young children given freedom in an environment, leading them to believe by 1907 that they had discovered "the child's true normal nature." Based on their observations, they created an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity. The method itself aims to duplicate this experimental observation of children to bring about, sustain and support their true natural way of being.

Main duties:

  • To contribute to a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area in conjunction with other staff.
  • To keep a proper record of your key children's weekly summary.
  • To follow all policies and procedures set out by the school.
  • 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, summer fair, Christmas party, etc.
  • To be flexible within the working practices of the school.
  • Be prepared to help where needed, including undertaking certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleaning of equipment, etc.
  • Work alongside the Deputy Head and Head teacher to ensure that the philosophy behind the project is fulfilled.
  • Recording accidents in the accident book.
  • Look upon the school as a ‘whole’, be constantly aware of the needs of the children.
  • Ensure each child is collected by someone known to the school.
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received.
  • To develop your role within the team, especially with regard to your position as a keyworker.

Specific child care tasks:

  • The preparation and completion of activities to suit the child’s stage of development.
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing.
  • Washing and changing children as required.
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures.
  • To be aware of the high profile of the school and to uphold its standards at all times.

Nursery Staff are responsible for security in the following ways:

  • Ensuring that appropriate doors and gates are locked and that the Nursery is secure for the children at all times.
  • Ensuring that a known and recognised person collects every child and that unknown persons are challenged.
  • Ensure all visitors are ID checked and signed in before they enter the building.

Nursery Staff are responsible for team work in the following ways:

  • To give support to all other personnel within the Nursery and work as part of a team.
  • To communicate constructively over any areas of concern to other members of staff.
  • To adopt a positive approach to problems.
  • Respecting the need for confidentiality in some instances.
  • Attendance and timekeeping of a high standard.
  • Contribution to monthly staff meetings a year without recourse to extra pay.
  • Any other reasonable duties as may be requested by the Manager.
  • To conduct oneself in such a way as to promote appropriate role models.
  • To have an awareness of the ratios within the Nursery and to take the initiative to work with any group of children should the need.

Nursery staff are responsible for working in partnership with parents in the following ways:

  • Maintaining positive relationships with parents at all times.
  • Referring parents to a more senior member of staff as appropriate.
  • To settle in new children, liaising closely with parents/carers and the Manager.
  • Completing all home liaison diaries and records for parents in the Nursery in a detailed and positive way.
Desired skills
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills
  • Help to display work effectively
  • Maintain teaching resources
  • Good time keeping
  • Good attendance
  • Effective communication
  • Work on own initiative
  • To be able to work as part of a team
Personal qualities
  • Positive attitude
  • Confident
  • Calming
  • Friendly
  • Polite
  • Flexible
  • Willingness to train to gain qualification
  • Willingness to attend short courses to enhance skills
Qualifications required
  • Good basic education to GCSE level in literacy and numeracy, or the equivalent.

Future prospects

  • To complete full training with employment at the end.

Training to be provided

  • Childcare Level 2

Working week

  • Shift Work
  • Total hours per week: 40.00
Weekly wage
  • £140.00
Expected apprenticeship duration
  • 12 months
Apprenticeship level
  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Closing date

  • 22 Dec 2017

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