Ref: CC11 Apprentice Practitioner Level 3 at Cottam Nursery School

Cottam Nursery School is an Ofsted Outstanding nursery school that offers very personalised childcare and education for children from 2-5 years. The Nursery School has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, receiving an Ofsted Outstanding in October 2018.

Apprenticeship Information

Start Date 20/05/2024
Location No Location
Occupational Areas Childcare
Closing Date 17/05/2024
Wage £5.28 Hour
Working Week Monday - Friday 8.30 start, 3.30 finish (full time)
20 month plus 4 months EPA
Apprenticeship Level 3

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  • Job Description

    The Nursery School has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, receiving an Ofsted Outstanding in October 2018. We require an enthusiastic individual with the right qualifications, experience, personality and drive to support the children and existing staff and learn and embrace our values.

    Duties include –
    • To effectively deliver the new EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interest of children in the setting are met.
    • To act as a key worker to your designated group of children.
    • To keep records of your key children’s development and learning journals and share with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met.
    • To capture evidence to create and share early learning journey’s through the Tapestry system.
    • To complete relevant forms concerning your key children’s early learning journey within a set, reasonable time frame. This includes, but is not limited to, baseline assessments, two-year checks, termly progress reports, summative assessment and transition documents.
    • Support all members of staff and maintain strong professional relationships that enable children’s needs to be met effectively.
    • To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs.
    • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children whilst having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories.
    • To assist in setting up the playrooms for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of sessions.
    • To advise the manager/deputy of any concerns, e.g. over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
    • To be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, open days, parent’s evenings, etc.
    • To be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed.
    • To work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the setting’s philosophy is fulfilled.
    • To read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role and the safe running of the setting.
    • To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job.
    • To consistently operate within nursery policies on Equality and Diversity, promoting equal opportunities for all staff and children in relation to gender, race, disability, and special educational needs.
    • To be aware of the high profile of the setting and to uphold its standards at all times, both during work hours and outside.
    • To support nursery assistants, students and volunteers.
    • To ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.
    • To participate as an active member of the team, involved in planning and implementing a suitable range of activities for the children in their care.

  • Personal Qualities

    (E) = Essential (D) = Desirable
    • Ability to develop trusting and respectful relationships with children – E
    • Ability to communicate well with adults and children – E
    • Ability to work as a team – E
    • Ability to write legibly, with good spelling and grammar – E
    • Competent with word processing software – E
    • Be reliable and have good timekeeping – E
    • Good organisational skills – E
    • Ability to demonstrate creative abilities – D
    • Musical ability – D
    • Good sense of humour – E
    • Leadership skills and drive to support growth – D
    • Positive attitude – E
    • Happy to embrace all weathers – E
    • Demonstrate resilience and curiosity – E

  • Qualifications Required

    (E) = Essential (D) = Desirable
    • Willingness to train to Relevant and recognised Level 3 qualification- D
    • Desire to continue with professional development – E
    • Recent Paediatric First Aid certificate – D
    • Recent Safeguarding Level 1 training – D
    • Basic Food Hygiene – D

  • Future Prospects

    Permeant position for right candidate

  • What will the End Point Assessment (EPA) include

    This includes a professional discussion underpinned by portfolio. A knowledge test. All assessment methods will be conducted and graded by an independent EPAO.

  • Things to Consider

    In order to progress your application, we will require you to complete additional paperwork and complete a BKSB assessment. The information will be sent via email if you meet the entry requirements set by the employer and linked training provider for the vacancy. Please check your junk mail whilst the vacancy is open.
    Until we receive the above, we are unable to progress your application so please monitor your emails.
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