Apprentice Early Years Practitioner x2 (72107-0623)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
People – Safeguarding and Childrens Services
Sub Department
16 to 17 age £13,770; 18 to 20 age; 21 and over £16,830 per annum.
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full-time, fixed-term contract for 18 months. 36.5 hours per week (rota).
This role will require an enhanced DBS check with children’s barred list.
The University Nursery is a purpose-built nursery for 78 children. Open all year round, except for bank holidays and the Christmas period, we offer full day care to the children of members of staff and students who work on campus and employs 36 Early Years Practitioners and support staff.
Your working week will be 36.5 hours, including time spent off the job training. You will be expected to work shift patterns as directed by the management team.
You will have 30 days paid annual leave as well as the 8 bank holidays.
Judged as ‘Outstanding’ in our last three Ofsted inspections, we currently have vacancies for two apprentices working towards a level 2 or 3 qualification in Early Years.
As an apprentice practitioner, you will work across all areas of the nursery gaining experience from our highly qualified team. Working with, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training (CWT), you will work 4 days a week in the nursery and one day a week ‘Off the Job Training’, in CWT’s centre in Coventry.
Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop a good knowledge of the requirements of the Statutory Guidance for the Foundation Stage as well as a comprehensive knowledge of children’s development and the Early Years Outcomes. You will also be made aware of safeguarding protocols and, by the time you qualify, be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to respond to any safeguarding concerns. One of our qualified staff will act as a mentor for you to support you throughout your training.
Ideally you will have a grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics, but if not, you will be given the chance to take a course in functional skills with CWT to achieve the required academic levels before qualifying.
You will also be given the opportunity to complete a paediatric first aid course, this is essential to qualify as a level 3 practitioner.
For Level 2 training you will be given an 18-month contract to complete and level 3 a further 21 – 24 months. In the first instance you will be offered a contract of at least 18 months. Upon successful completion of your level 2 qualification, you will be offered a further contract to complete the level 3 qualification.
You must be able to provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK and must also be able to obtain a clear DBS check, which we will arrange for you.
We don’t expect you to have any experience of working with children, although this would be helpful, but we do expect you to enjoy being with children, to work hard to achieve your goal to train as an Early Years Educator and take a diligent approach to your studies.
If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Debbie Castle or Jo Warren for an informal chat and tour of the nursery. Call the nursery on 02476 523 389, or email [email protected]
and send us a copy of your CV.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
Interview Date: TBC.
Job Description
The apprentice early year’s practitioner, while undertaking their professional training, will also provide support to the Early Years Practitioners to provide for the welfare, learning and development of the children. Working as part of the nursery team, the apprentice will be committed to providing care and education to the children aged between 3 months and 5 years and demonstrate a professional approach towards the children, parents, and colleagues.
The apprentice will attend all college base training at CWT, prepare and fulfil all assessment sessions in the nursery and complete a portfolio of evidence required to qualify.
1. Implement policies and procedures of the nursery to ensure the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework are met.
2. Take shared responsibility for safeguarding the children, including reporting any concerns you may have about a child to the Designated Safeguarding Lead,
3. Take shared responsibility for standards of safety, hygiene, security, cleanliness, and tidiness throughout the nursery setting. Including sleep areas, nappy changing areas, and food preparation.
4. Assist and participate with the experiences planned by the staff team for the children including the setting up and clearing away of equipment and materials e.g., preparing arts and crafts activities, cleaning tables and clearing floors, as well as extra curricula activities such as forest school.
5. Support the children at lunchtime, snack time and tea-times, including sitting at the tables to encourage good eating habits and clean up afterwards.
6. Liaise with and support parents and other family members.
7. Attend training sessions necessary for continuing Professional Development and staff meetings outside working hours.
8. To provide a cover role across the nursery in the absence of any member of staff.
9. Any other duties as required by the University Nursery.
Professional training
1. Attend college classes as directed, one day a week, and complete any written tasks, assignments or other work as instructed in a timely manner and to an acceptable standard.
2. To complete your training programme and achieve the relevant qualification by the end of your contract of employment.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
A genuine interest in working with babies and young children. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 2
The ability to work as part of a team. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
A commitment to working in an environment that encourages equality of opportunity. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Willingness and determination to fully participate in training sessions. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
A willingness and determination to complete all college assignments and assessments on time and to a good standard. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
GCSE qualifications in English and Maths to Grade 4/C, or a willingness to attend functional skills training to achieve an equivalent qualification. (a,c)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
You must be able to provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK and must also be able to obtain a clear DBS check, which we will arrange for you.
The University Nursery is a workplace nursery for the children of members of staff and students in the university. It is a well-established and popular nursery and has an excellent reputation for providing the best quality childcare, receiving an Outstanding Grading following Ofsted inspections in February 2011 and 2016, and July 2021.
The nursery is open from 8.15 am – to 5.45 pm each day (5.15 on Friday) and for 51 weeks of the year.
The nursery in based in a purpose-built building with a capacity for 78 children on the Lakeside Village area of campus.
As an apprentice you will be given the opportunity to work with a highly qualified team of experienced practitioners. You will work with all aged groups across the nursery and be mentored by one of our level 3 qualified practitioners who will support you throughout your training.
The nursery is very popular and is usually fully booked. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in working with babies and small children and be able to apply themselves to any set college work to complete all tasks and assignments within given deadlines.
For further information about this role, or an informal visit to the nursery, please contact the nursery office on: 024 76 523 389. Or for more general information about the Nursery, please see our departmental website .
Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.
We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here .
The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (
The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance , whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.
Right to work in the UK
We wish to advise applicants that this role is not eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa. If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK you will need to check the UK Government website page Apply for a UK visa to see if you are eligible to obtain right to work in the UK through one of the other UK immigration routes before you make your application.
Benefits and Rewards
You will have 30 days paid annual leave as well as the 8 bank holidays. Please refer to this link for a full list of our employee benefits here at Warwick here .

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date
2 Jul 2023

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