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Nursery Apprentice (Level 2/Intermediate) – KT&A2849

Ashford (

TN23 3SU


Kent Training & Apprenticeships


Closing date: 26/05/2022
Industry: Childcare
Vacancy reference: KT&A2849


Footprints Nursery is a fun and stimulating environment for children with a warm and friendly atmosphere. We place a high emphasis on learning through play and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

We are a part of Ashford Play Centre Ltd and share our premises with our sister company Imagine Soft Play Arena. We have distinct and individual rooms for all ages and activities, including a large garden of approximately 1 acre.

We encourage our children to be self-confident and independent. We develop social skills and promote sharing, taking turns and being generally thoughtful and caring towards others. We are active members of the national project, Every Child A Talker (ECAT), promoting early speech, language and communication.

Children can start with us from as young as 3 months and stay with us until they are ready for primary school.

Enhanced DBS to be obtained and presented before start of Apprenticeship

Please click here to see the employer’s website.

Travel Information:

From Ashford Designer outlet take bus 11 (4 mins) to Queens Head then 13 minute walk


As an apprentice you are encouraged to work as part of the nursery team to gain as much practical experience as possible throughout the duration of your course.  Although you will be welcomed and encouraged to work alongside qualified staff, there are some basic rules that must apply.

These are:

  • Apprentices must never be left alone with children – there must be a qualified member of staff present at all times
  • Qualified staff are responsible for all that happens in the nursery and while apprentices are encouraged to participate, they must respect the decision of their supervisor at all times

Company Responsibilities:

  • Promote and support the aims of the Company
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the person to whom you report
  • Co-operate with colleagues to promote a cheerful, open and supportive environment
  • Carry out your duties in a careful and professional manner using initiative
  • Respect strict security guidelines with regard to child safety and protection
  • To uphold the confidentiality of the company at all times
  • To follow procedures for the areas in which you are working
  • To read and have an understanding of the company hand-book

Purpose of the Post:

  • To be trained to undertake the same responsibilities as Nursery Assistant
  • To contribute to a high quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities

Key Areas:

  • To work with children
  • To comply with all the organisation’s policies and procedures, with specific reference to the Safeguarding Policy at all times
  • To attend training as required and complete all assignments set
  • To work as part of the staff team
  • To liaise with mentor

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work (under supervision) with children in the Setting to provide all aspects of care and supporting learning opportunities
  • Undertake training to obtain recognised qualifications, including completing assignments on time and attending all college sessions/tutorials
  • Uphold standards within the setting by adhering to all policies and procedures
  • Strive to safeguard children by working to the organisation’s safeguarding Code of Conduct
  • Assist with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • To contribute towards children’s observation records when required
  • Provide adult interaction with children in the Setting
  • Know and implement the Setting’s confidentiality policy
  • To arrive in the Nursery and for training following the correct uniform policy every day

Team Work

  • Contribute towards an effective and supportive team environment
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the highest standards of care are provided
  • Attend team meetings and contribute relevant ideas
  • Attend out of working hours activities eg training, monthly staff meetings, parents/carers evenings, summer fayre, Christmas party – as required


  • Contribute to high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the Setting
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature, as may be determined by the trainee’s supervisor from time to time
  • The trainee’s duties must at all times be carried out in compliance with the Setting’s Equal Opportunities policy
  • Look upon the Setting as a ‘whole’ where your help can be most utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of children
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received
  • To ensure the Setting is a high quality environment which meets the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development
  • To be aware of the high profile of the Setting and to uphold it’s standards at all times
  • To be aware of all emergency and fire evacuation procedures
  • To understand that as part of training you will be required to move to other parts of the Setting
  • To promote and support the Setting’s policies relating to the safeguarding of children and young people within the workplace

This job description is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of responsibilities to be undertaken by the post holder. You may be required to carry out other duties which are felt to be reasonable and in accordance with the grade of the post.


£4.81 per hour


Guaranteed Minimum 30 hours per week

Times to be arranged

20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”


  • Commitment
  • Ambition
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn
  • Punctuality and good attendance


  • Good sense of humour
  • A sense of pride
  • Cheerful and outgoing nature


We require all prospective learners to hold GCSE (or equivalent) Grade A-C/4-9 in English or Maths, with a minimum of Grade E/2 in the other subject


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including; full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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 2022, the NMW for Apprentices is £4.81 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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