Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Location
Lingfield College
Salary
£180 per week
Posted
07 Dec 2018
Closes
14 Dec 2018
Ref
MC0412LING
Contact
Apprenticeship Recruitment Mel Carswell
Sector
Education, Nursery
Function
Apprenticeship
Contract Type
Apprenticeship

The Nursery Assistant will work under the guidance of the Foundation Stage Leader (FSL) to assist in the smooth running of the classroom and to provide support for children in the Nursery in a welcoming, caring and safe environment.

Lingfield College is an independent day school for pupils aged from two to eighteen. It welcomes approximately 940 Nursery, Prep, Senior and Sixth form pupils.

The school was founded in 1940.

The school has been largely rebuilt in the last twenty years and the modern buildings are surrounded by 37 acres of wood-fringed lawns, formal gardens and playing fields. Lingfield provides a welcoming environment for all denominations and is the only co-educational day school in the area which provides education from nursery to university.

Aims of the School:

  • To enable our pupils to achieve high academic standards in a relaxed but disciplined atmosphere.
  • To develop self-worth in every student.
  • To promote traditional values in a nurturing environment.
  • To stimulate intellectual curiosity and develop initiative.

Our Nursery and Reception, rated 'Outstanding' by ISI, aim to provide a welcoming and happy learning environment which is safe and secure, where children can play, explore, experiment, develop confidence, be curious and learn. We believe that early learning should be fun, meaningful and accessible to all children.

Summary

The Nursery Apprentice will work under the guidance of the Foundation Stage Leader (FSL) to assist in the smooth running of the classroom and to provide support for children in the Nursery in a welcoming, caring and safe environment.

Responsible to: The Foundation Stage Leader

Classroom

  • Carry out group work with children which may consist of phonics, letters and sounds, maths, writing and physical activities that include fine and gross motor activities.
  • Work in a supportive manner with the FSL and all other staff at all times.
  • Undertake creative work that goes on displays, typing up of observations to go with work on display, and helping put up displays, reflecting each individual childs work.
  • Have any work prepared ready for the next day.
  • Leave the room and outside area at the end of the day tidy, clean and ready for the next day.
  • Follow rota system nappies and toileting, clean toilets, chop fruit and load/empty dishwasher, collect snack from dining hall and prepare snack etc.
  • Supervise children during outside play.
  • Be flexible within working practices of the setting.
  • Be prepared to help where needed, including undertaking certain domestic jobs within the setting, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, washing of dressing-up clothes, toys and sleeping mats, collecting fruit/food from the kitchen etc.
  • Support children at lunchtime in dining hall, cutting food, encouraging children to eat and drink when required.
  • Support the teacher of Forest School activities and wear appropriate clothing in general for all weathers.

Safeguarding

  • Uphold standards within the setting by adhering to all policies and procedures and to keep up to date with being aware of all school policies (in particular Health and Safety Policy, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, Use of Photographs (Prep School) Policy and Intimate Care and Nappy Changing Policy).
  • Ensure all children are cared for in a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Notify the Room Leader of any accidents.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information received from parents, staff etc.

Teamwork

  • Be prepared to work on specific days i.e. Inset training sessions/days, nativity, Christmas party, induction, new events that are arranged during the year e.g. baby shows and sports day.
  • Be proactive and willing to get involved within the team.

Pastoral Care

  • Ensure to follow guidelines regarding general pastoral care, e.g. making sure children are well, taking temperature, contacting parents of unwell child, etc. Raise any queries or concerns with Room Leader.
  • Be aware of children allergies.

General

  • Attend meetings as required.
  • Work alongside the FSL and carry out activities as requested to ensure that a balance is achieved between following the childrens interests and following the EYFS plan requirements.
  • Be aware of the high profile of the setting and to uphold its standards at all times.
  • Keep up to date with EYFS requirements.
  • Take part in activities as requested by Teacher or Key Stage Leader, if required to work in another year group.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Lingfield College.
  • Ensure punctuality at all times.
  • Responsible for completing work for qualification and submitting to FSL for approval.
  • Communicate any concerns or issues with studies or work issues to FSL.
  • Demonstrate a can-do attitude.
  • Undertake any other reasonable ad-hoc requirements of the setting.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will:

  • Working towards a childcare qualification.
  • Enthusiasm for working with young children.
  • An interest in the care, learning and development of young children.
  • A commitment to the provision of high quality childcare.
  • Be able to work on own initiative.
  • Be enthusiastic and hardworking.
  • Be friendly yet authoritative with the children.
  • Have good time keeping and punctuality.
  • Be positive, enthusiastic, motivated and provide a fun and stimulating environment for the children to develop in.

Personal qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Patience, reliability and trustworthiness.
  • Flexibility occasionally working hours might be changed, e.g. if the setting hosts a new event that has not been planned for in advance.
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities.

30 hours per week, 42 weeks per year

Core Hours: 8.30-15.30 Monday to Friday, in addition you will be required to cover 10 weeks 7.30-15.30 and 10 weeks 8.30-18.30.

The job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties within the school as may be reasonably expected, without changing the general character of the duties or the level or responsibility entailed. This is a common occurrence and would not justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

Lingfield College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. At Lingfield College we uphold fundamental British values and expect all employees to do the same. Lingfield College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Minimum Skills Required for the role:

  • Be able to work on own initiative.
  • Be able to provide a fun and stimulating environment for the children to develop in.
  • Good organisational and record keeping skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers.

Personal Qualities:

  • Be enthusiastic and hardworking.
  • Be friendly yet authoritative with the children.
  • Have good time keeping and punctuality.
  • Patience, reliability and trustworthiness.
  • A positive approach to inclusive practice, with children and colleagues.
  • Flexibility occasionally working hours might be changed, e.g. if the setting hosts a new event that has not been planned for in advance.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • A positive attitude to change and to the importance of creating a good team atmosphere.
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities.
  • Enthusiasm for working with young children.
  • An interest in the care, learning and development of young children.
  • A commitment to the provision of high quality childcare.

Qualifications

The learner should have already achieved a full level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce and, ideally, also have at least 6 months of childcare experience, before enrolling on this apprenticeship.

Should hold at least grade C or 4 or above in either English or Maths and D or 3 in the other subject.

Training to be Provided:

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

As the leading Awarding Organisation in the care sector we have surpassed the minimum requirements set out in the Full and Relevant Criteria to develop a qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.

Expected Duration:

12-18 months

Skills Required:

Qualifications Required:

Personal Qualities:

Future Prospects:

Other Important Information:

All applications must be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer direct as this may result in your application not being considered. The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour effective from 1st April 2018. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

Reality Check:

Similar jobs

Similar jobs