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Apprenticeship Vacancies



Childcare Apprentice Level 2 NVQ





The original Watermead Day Nursery was designed and built by my father Peter Allen next door to the original family property back in 2004. Since then it has matured into a family run, Ofsted Oustanding facility of which we are immensely proud. Such has been its popularity that in 2016, after much soul-searching, it expanded to include our family home, Brook Farm House.

Combined, the two properties now offer childcare from birth to 11 years old in a stimulus rich environment we don’t think is matched in the region. We pride ourselves on offering the best childcare in the most stimulating, safe and secure environment, where children can have the best experiences. We firmly believe this dedication to childcare, which we insist upon from all involved in Watermead, reflects in the positive feedback we receive from not only our own children, Sienna and Scarlett who regularly attend but also from all the other children at the setting.

?Being parents ourselves has helped to shape the nursery, the philosophy and ethos and we are the only nursery in the region who actively follows the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. This is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childcare education which uses the children’s deep curiosity to drive their interest and to help them understand their world and their place within it. It fundamentally allows the child to construct their own learning and gain understanding through their individual interests, with an emphasis on hands-on discovery. This encourages children in our care to use all their senses and all their languages to learn and is epitomized in the poem "The Hundred Languages of Children

?What also makes us stand out from the other providers is our attention to staffing, and what the best staff in the business can bring. We have an in-house chef, responsible for producing a home-made, nutritional and healthy menu, a pre-school qualified teacher, who helps smooth the transition from nursery life to full time education and a sports coach, who runs in-house sports and physical education sessions. We run regular movement and music classes through Kimble’s and have an extensive forest school using both the nursery facilities and the local Outwoods to further develop and stimulate the children.

Duties Include

  • The main responsibilities of this job role will include:
  • Supporting the development of the childcare provision
  • Providing an excellent range of activities that ensures that the child learns whilst having fun
  • Assisting the facility in meeting OFSTED requirements
  • Being a team player
  • Providing challenging and stimulating activities for all children appropriately
  • Undertaking First Aid training as required
  • Undertaking training as appropriate to meet any changes in standards or appropriate legal requirements as required
  • Ensuring that all Health and Hygiene requirements are adhered to at all times
  • Responsibility for equal opportunity in delivery, access and attitude in aspects of service delivery and management
  • Working with teams across the Centre
  • Supporting children’s learning and development, including supporting planning and observations
  • Preparing and maintaining the environment and resources for the children
  • Preparation of food for breakfast, snack and afternoon tea
  • Supporting children’s self-help needs
  • Being creative and enthusiastic
  • Following safeguarding rules
  • Working within confidentiality guidelines

Weekly Wage

£4.15 per hour

Suitable Age

Suitable for applicants 16 - 18 years

Number of Vacancies


Training Provided

Level 2 NVQ - Your apprenticeship will last for 12 months (depending on the provision in which you are employed). You will be supported by an assessor throughout your apprenticeship. As you progress through your apprenticeship your duties and responsibilities will alter as you develop the skills for a successful career in childcare.

During the Intermediate Apprenticeship in childcare you will have access to excellent training and development opportunities within the role, with the potential to progress on the Advanced Diploma, Level 3 Apprenticeship Early Years Educator.

Expected Duration

12 Months

Skills Required

Applicants should have a desire to develop and enhance their childcare skills whilst working in a supportive nursery setting. This role is ideal for anybody who has a genuine passion for working with children and that is keen to learn and progress in their own professional development. The successful applicant will be a positive role model and enthusiastic individual.

You will need to attend our Training Academy in Birmingham City Centre for 24 days out of your whole apprenticeship, for your classroom-based learning and will be working within the nursery for the rest of the time with the support of your dedicated childcare assessor.

Successful applicants will:
• Have grade C/4 or above in English and maths GCSE (or equivalent), or Functional Skills Level 2
• Be able to attend our training Academy in Birmingham for your 24 classroom-based days

Proposed Start Date



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