Job Title:        Childcare Assistant Apprentice

Contract:       12 months

Hours:             30 hrs per week Mon – Fri

Salary:            £6.30/hr

Holiday:         28 days including bank holidays pro rata

Responsible to:  Lead Childcare Practitioner


Job Purpose                                              

To contribute a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in the Setting; To give support to other personnel within the Setting; To implement the daily routine in the base room.


Key Areas

  • Work with Children;
  • Team Work;
  • Liaise with Parents/carers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To contribute to a planned programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in conjunction with other staff;
  • To keep a proper record of achievement file on key children, for parents/carers;
  • Work alongside parents/carers of special needs children to provide full integration in the Setting;
  • Support all staff and engage proactively with the childcare and wider organisational staff team;
  • Uphold standards within the Setting by adhering to all policies and procedures;
  • Strive to safeguard children by working to the organisation’s safeguarding policy requirements;
  • Liaise with and support parents/carers and other family members;
  • To attend ALL out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly all staff meetings, parents/carers evenings summer fayre, Christmas party, etc;
  • To be flexible within working practices of Setting. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the Setting, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc;
  • Work alongside the Lead Childcare Practitioner and staff team to ensure that the values of the organisations are put into practice throughout;
  • Look upon the Setting as a “whole” where can your help be most utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of children;
  • To respect the confidentiality of information received adhering to the organisation’s Data Protection Policy;
  • To develop your role within the team especially with regard as a key worker;
  • Specific Child Care Tasks:
    • The preparation and completion of activities to suit the child’s stage of development;
    • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing;
    • Washing and changing children as required;
    • Providing comfort and warmth to an ill child;
    • To ensure the Setting is of a high quality environment to meet 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 its standards at all times.
    • To actively promote and support the safeguarding of children and young people in the workplace, ensuring Setting policies and procedures are observed at all times.

Nursery Assistant – Person Specification:



Essential Desirable 
Age:  18- 24 yearsSkills, aptitude, knowledge and experience

  • 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
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities


  • Previous experience of caring for, or working with children in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • An understanding of the Early Learning Goals
  • Knowledge of the National Standards for the regulation of Childcare provision



Personal qualities

  • Good organisational, record keeping and planning skills
  • Punctuality
  • Excellent communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers.
  • 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 Parent’s Evening or during holiday play-schemes
  • Able to work in small teams




  • GCSE  GRADE A-C in English and Maths
  • A positive approach to completing relevant short courses and qualifications
  • Some understanding of the importance of Health & Safety and Food Hygiene in the workplace
  • Completion of a recognised Level 2 Childcare qualification, e.g. Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce or Children’s Care, Learning and Development – or be working towards completion



  • Completion of Safeguarding Awareness course (Group 2)
  • Health & Safety certificate
  • First Aid certificate
  • Completion of other relevant courses



This post requires a DBS check as there may be periods of unsupervised access to children. An Enhanced DBS and satisfactory references would be obtained prior to commencement of employment.

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