Childcare Nursery Apprentice

Childcare Nursery Apprentice

Little Barn Owls Ltd
19th November 2018
Job Type
Weekly Wage
Working Week
Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm - total 35 hours per week
Apprenticeship Duration
53 weeks


These nurseries in Southwater and Horsham are a bit different.  The Forest Nursery School in Southwater has its own 11 acre woodland and the Horsham Farm School Nursery is based on a working farm with animals that children interact with every day.  This nursery thinks a bit differently too.  Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach they employ professional artists to work with children in dedicated creative studios which are called Ateliers.  They believe children love beautiful and interesting things, just like adults, so they put lots of them in the nurseries.  They believe in listening to children a lot.  They know if they help children work out what they are interested in, what questions they have and what they like to explore, they will be more motivated to learn.  Sometimes this exploring and learning turns into children's research projects lasting many months.  They are looking for an apprentice to join their team.

Duties will include:

  • adhering to the Policies & Procedures of Little Barn Owls Day Nursery and comply with the Children Act, Health and Safety legislation, and within the guidelines of Ofsted and the National Standards, ensuring confidentiality is maintained in the nursery.
  • to work as part of a team with a positive attitude.
  • to care and supervise the children with regard to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • to offer all children equal opportunities regardless of their religion, racial origin, gender, disabilities, cultural or linguistic background; challenge situations where racism or discrimination are displayed.
  • to assist Nursery Educators to keep development records, including learning journals, observations, photographs, digital records where appropriate, and all other types of documentation of children's learning.
  • to engage in reflective practice by sharing interests and planning experiences with children and colleagues.
  • to positively manage children's behaviour.
  • to prepare, care, clean and maintain nursery rooms, decking areas, garden and equipment.
  • to keep and monitor accident, incident and risk assessment records.
  • to supervise mealtimes and where appropriate prepare babies' bottles.
  • to carry out kitchen duties including preparation of snacks, meals, drinks, washing up and maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen.
  • to adhere to National Food Safety Standards for food storage, preparation and hygiene practices.
  • to attend staff meetings as arranged by the operations manager including monthly planning and training meetings.
  • to commit to your continued professional development by researching areas to practice.
  • to participate in regular parents' evenings, publicity, open weekends and children's outings.
  • to assist with Farm School, Forest School and any trips and outings as instructed.
  • to perform any other duties appropriate to the post as directed by the practice leaders, operations manager, deputy manager, and nursery directors.

Desired Skills:

  • adaptability
  • good timekeeping
  • willingness to learn

Personal Qualities:

  • patience
  • good temperament

Desire Qualifications:

  • good standard of spoken and written English
  • good standard of maths


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