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Early Years Practitioner Apprentice (Level 2 or 3/Intermediate or Advanced) – KT&A2745

Ashford (

TN25 5EZ


Kent Training & Apprenticeships


Closing date: 27/08/2020
Industry: Childcare, Education
Vacancy reference: KT&A2745


At Spring Grove School we offer an outstanding all-round education and a fantastic start in life for boys and girls aged 2 to 11 years.

We are a happy, family prep school that specialises in ‘free-range’ children: nurturing and developing all who join to their full potential. We are able to do this because we have small classes in which our children receive expert attention and tuition, preparing them perfectly for both grammar and senior independent schools.

Located in an idyllic14-acre rural setting close to both Ashford and Canterbury, Spring Grove School is one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Kent. Our school is small enough for us to know every child, as well as their family, and for us to encourage each and every pupil in our care to be self-confident and independent learners. The children at Spring Grove School live and breathe our school motto ‘Always do your best’.

We are a truly independent day school and a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). We offer a wide range of subjects, extra-curricular activities and clubs.

We firmly believe Spring Grove School is unique and a great place for children to grow.

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We are looking for an apprentice in our Nursery Department to train to become an Early Years Practitioner.  The practitioner will spend time in both the 2-3 and 3-4 year old room.  The successful candidate will be supported by well qualified and experienced staff and will take part in all activities that take place in the nursery.

Early Years Practitioner Apprentice


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To have a full working knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (following training)
  2. To plan organised daily activities, within a given framework, appropriate to the different age groups, followed up with observations and record keeping.
  3. To help create a happy and secure environment in which children can develop confidence and grow as individuals, with positive management of children’s behaviour.
  4. To employ good Nursery management skills to supervise groups or individuals building positive relationships and facilitating their educational development and social skills.
  5. To offer all children equal opportunities as set out in the Early Years Equal Opportunities Policy.
  6. To encourage children to develop their ‘self help’ skills and an awareness of personal hygiene, i.e. Washing and toileting.
  7. As a key person, to take responsibility for the ongoing assessment and records of progress and achievement for a particular group of children, highlighting any problems or significant achievements to the Room Leader.
  8. To take time to understand the significant needs and requirements of individual children e.g. SEN, allergies, dietary needs.
  9. To assist the other staff in maintaining a clean, tidy and organised environment.
  10. To assist in the preparation of snacks and drinks, supervising meal times, developing good table manners and eating habits and clearing away after meals.
  11. To plan for and supervise children in outdoor activities, being aware of their safety and welfare, providing simple First Aid when necessary.
  12. To contribute to displays, creating an attractive and stimulating environment.
  13. To work positively as part of the team, to be included in staff rotas and attend regular Early Years meetings.
  14. To positively promote the Early Years Department at all times, to develop a good relationship with parents and to be a welcoming presence to any visitors entering the Department.
  15. To show good communication skills and feedback to parents.
  16. To be aware of and comply with all Early Years policies and Procedures.
  17. Any other duties appropriate to the post as directed by the Head of Early Years.


£5.00 per hour


Monday – Friday

0815 – 1545

45 minutes unpaid lunch break


To be able to work as part of a team

To have good communication and listening skills

Ability to enthuse young children.






Caring nature


Early Years L2 application:

GCSE (or equivalent) Grade A-C/4-9 is required in English or Maths, with a minimum of Grade E/2 in the other subject

Early Years L3 application:

GCSE (or equivalent) Grade A-C/4-9 is required in English and Maths


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship and Functional Skills if appropriate.


Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards

Additional Detail

As of 1st April 2020, the NMW for Apprentices is £4.15 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.

Important Information

The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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