Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Little Squirrels Limited


Date Posted: Feb 12, 2018 Closing Date: Mar 22, 2018
Job Status: Live Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Herefordshire Salary/Rate: Not Specified

Job description

This early year’s assistant role will give you a comprehensive experience in a supportive environment.

Your duties will include:

Your duties will be:

  • To create a welcoming environment for children and their parents/carers.
  • To ensure the setting maintains a high standard of safety procedures in line with the Health & Safety at Work Act (HASAW)

To support the delivery of appropriate activities for the children in the setting

To be involved with:

  • The preparation and completion of activities suitable to the child's stage of development
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing
  • Washing and changing children as required (under supervision)
  • Providing comfort and warmth to an ill child
  • To ensure that the children are provided with challenging and enjoyable experiences to meet their individual needs
  • To take part in special events and outings
  • To support systems of observation and record-keeping that children’s attainment and progress are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures
  • To act as a Key Person to a small group of children, liaise closely with parents/carers ensuring each child’s individual needs are recognised and met.
  • To ensure records are properly maintained, e.g. daily attendance register, accident and incident book.
  • To assist with the preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment.
  • To ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.
  • To promote equality of opportunity for children in the setting including support for children with special needs and/or disabilities
  • To ensure that individuality and diversity are valued and celebrated within the setting including encouraging children to value and respect others.
  • To ensure Information sharing and data protection policies are followed.
  • To comply with confidentiality and consent policies in the setting's practice, including e-safety.
  • Working with parents/carers and staff to help ensure that the needs of all children are met, and all parties are informed of the children's progress.
  • Ensure a regular two-way flow of information between parents / carers and providers if a child is attending more than one setting.
  • To support the managers with the efficient upkeep of the building and maintenance/stock of equipment, furnishings and fittings.
  • To attend all staff / planning team meetings and contribute relevant ideas
  • To attend Continuous Professional Development training, to include out of hours training.
  • To exchange information about children’s progress and to encourage parental involvement within the setting.
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the setting.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills
  • Some proven experience of working with children, ie work experience, babysitting involvement in group activities.
  • Ability to use own initiative as well as working as a part of a team
  • Able to follow set procedures
  • Able to observe and communicate written information
  • A confident communicator with the ability to communicate with parents
  • Creative
  • Computer literate
Personal qualities
  • Our ideal candidate would have a genuine interest in working with children and be friendly, caring and creative.
  • This qualification includes assignment based work so you must have the aptitude for independent study.
Desired qualifications
  • 5 GCSEs A* - C (9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent
Future prospects

Excellent prospects for the right candidate, this would include permanent position and future training

Things to consider

This position will require a DBS (disclosure & Barring Service) check.

Little Squirels, Shrawley is a rural location with limited public transport.

There would be some opportunities to cover additional hours.

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour due to rise to £3.70 per hour from 1st April 2018. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.