Overview

We are looking for the right, ambitious, committed and motivated individual to join our small team as an apprentice Early Years Educator L3 in a family run setting in the Hetton le Hole area.

Desired skills

A professional and mature approach to working.
You must be flexible in relation to the working week and you may be occasionally expected to work outside normal operating hours for termly events.
To be reliable and conscientious in your approach to work and to the children in your care.
To commit to being an effective team member
To understand the need to provide a stimulating, caring and consistent environment for the children.
To be prepared to undertake additional training as required including paediatric first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene.
To be aware of the importance of working within set policies and procedures.
To be able to support and work within a small professional childcare team
To understand the importance of confidentiality.
To have an understanding of children’s needs and behaviours.
To have the ability to support and set appropriate boundaries for the children.
To be able to support children in understanding and respecting people of different race, gender, sexuality, religion and cultures.
To be able to be motivated and support the team in motivating both children and staff.
To have the ability to develop imaginative ideas.
To encourage trust in both children and colleagues.
Have the ability to form relationships both caring and trusting with children and their families.
The ability to behave consistently in a caring and relaxed manner with the children.
To be able to understand and meet the needs of individual children and their families.
To be punctual and well presented at all times and aware that you are a reflection of the business and its reputation, so must ensure good standards of both at all times.
To be willing to work hard and to learn and then to learn some more!!

Personal qualities

Patience and compassion are key qualities within this role.
Motivation both to achieve the best for the children and in your own professional and personal development.
You must be pro-active and be able to support both children and colleagues.
Willingness to learn and to promote learning.
Commitment to achieving high standards
An understanding that this role is NOT just playing with children and requires dedication to the sector and awareness of the curriculum and educational requirements for early years children.
Time management skills are crucial as you will be working and studying within this role and will have to manage both commitments to a high standard.
Be creative
Be Fun!!!!!!!!!

Desired qualifications

GCSE 9-3 or A*-C Maths and English or equivalent

A good level of ICT skills as you will be required to use an online Learning Journey in the setting as well as being required to prepare children’s progress reports (using Word)
Knowledge of the EYFS – additional training will be provided
Knowledge of Safeguarding – additional training will be provided
An Enhanced DBS check will be required for this position.
You must undertake Paediatric first aid training as part of this qualification.

Future prospects

This could lead to permanent employment within the setting following successful completion of the qualification (for the right candidate)
We offer excellent progression opportunities for candidates who are dedicated and motivated in supporting the values and ethos of the setting. Our previous apprentices who have successfully completed their qualifications and training have remained with us and now hold positions within the setting including: Deputy Manager and Room Leader. We strongly believe that apprenticeships offer both employees and apprentices an excellent way to tailor the right people for the roles in the setting and hope to ensure we can do this once again with our next suitable candidate.

Things to consider

As part of the Early years Curriculum children must have access to the outdoors daily and this means that you can be outside in weathers that you may not personally choose for yourself, so you must be prepared for going outside whatever the weather on a daily basis.
Shifts can be long at times, and this can be physically exhausting, so you must be realistic regarding personal fitness levels as a good level of fitness is required. Children may need physical assistance – you must be able to bend, lift, push prams, lift children into highchairs etc without any risk to your personal health as this is a very physical role.
The successful candidate will be subject to a suitable enhanced DBS disclosure and a 6-month probationary period.
References will also be sought to check suitability.

Important Other Information

We are committed to our employee’s continuous professional development and as such there is an expectation that you will complete additional training as deemed appropriate by your line manager or the setting manager. It is also an expectation that you complete all statutory training requirements including Paediatric First Aid alongside any academic work required as part of the apprenticeship qualification.
Shift patterns vary and you will be required to work between the operating hours of 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

Best reasons to choose an apprenticeship

Earn while you learn. What's not to like about earning money while learning on-the-job, and getting a relevant qualification all at the same time.

Wide choice of careers. We are one of the biggest apprenticeship providers in the region and offer over 40 apprenticeship programmes in lots of career sectors.

Get paid. You will earn at least the minimum apprentice wage of £4.81 an hour (April 2022)

Great support. You will get the best of both worlds with support from your employer and college to make sure you achieve and get the best out of your apprenticeship.

Excellent prospects. Starting in the workplace means there is lots of potential for you to progress quickly, giving you a fast track route to career success.

A competitive edge. An apprenticeship will give you the edge when competing for jobs against other well-qualified candidates.

Get hired. The qualifications, skills and experience you gain will look super impressive on your CV and your apprenticeship could even turn into a full time job.

An alternative to university. Higher apprenticeships mean that you can become qualified to degree level and beyond.

Gain skills. Not only will you develop job specific skills, you will gain transferable skills, such as time management, that you can use in other industries and careers.

Real job. You will be doing a real job for a real employer and putting your skills and knowledge into practice will show employers what you are capable of.

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