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Early Years Practioner Level 2

Company Name:
Next Steps Day Care
Apprenticeship Standard:
Childcare - Early Years Practitioner Level 2
12 Sep 2022
Vacancy Type:
Working Hours:
We are open 7:30am-6pm so shifts will be worked around this
Job Advert
Childcare Apprentice
Next Steps Day Care
£4.81 an hour, Monday-Friday, we are open 7:30am-6pm so shifts will be worked around this, 30 hours a week
This role is subject to a successful DBS check that the employer will provide
Kindness underpins all that we do at Next Steps Day Care. With an ethos of respect for ourselves and each other, we promote positive behaviour at all times. Children are encouraged to be caring by following our ‘Kind and Gentle’ rule. We reinforce positive choices with praise and celebrate their achievements daily. By giving the children achievable boundaries and opportunities to make their own decisions, we support them in becoming confident individuals who will make great friends and build happy relationships for the future. The age ranges of children we care for are 0-12 years.
Each child learns in a different way, so we tailor our everyday activities (painting, cooking, crafts, games, outdoor play area etc) to ensure all children’s needs are met in line with all areas of the EYFS development. There is always a wide range of activities to choose from; planned carefully to encourage the children to learn freely by exploring and making decisions for themselves.
Your role will include:
  • Planning age appropriate activities
  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Baking
  • Helping with toilet training
  • Nappies
  • Outside play
  • Carrying out observations
  • Reading stories and play 
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build good working relationships with staff, parents, carers and other stakeholders relevant to the post
  • Able to following detailed instructions from the teacher and contribute to decisions about learning programmes.
Personal qualities
  • Passionate in wanting to work with children
  • Honest
  • Reliable
  • Hard working
  • Team worker
  • Fun loving

Candidate must have maths or English at GCSE 9-4/A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2, with the other subject with grade GCSE 4-2/C-E or Functional Skills Level 1. The subject with grade GCSE 4-2/C-E or Functional Skills Level 1 will be upskilled to gain a Functional Skills Level 2 (see 'Future prospects' for career progression).
Due to the demands of the role the employer has advised applications with less than the required grades will not be considered. Equally, applications received without stating GCSE maths and English/Functional Skills/equivalent results will not be considered.

What does the programme include?

  • Planning and supervising child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observing each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meeting the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Working in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child
  • Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

What attendance is required?

Attendance is required at all college sessions to ensure you meet off the job requirements (see below). Visits to the workplace will be arranged between yourself and your Apprenticeship Assessor.
It is a Government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards your “Off the Job Learning” – off the job learning can consist of college attendance, coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).

Learning and assessment

This apprenticeship is taught through a blended approach, this means you will attend sessions at the college and online, this will be one day a week. You will learn through a mix of college-based sessions, work-related activities, independent study and research. Assessment is on a continuous basis with a number of assessments in each unit. Assessments take a variety of forms, such as written reports, assignments, witness statements, observations and professional discussions.

Alongside the CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Practioner) you will be required to develop a portfolio of work to showcase how you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours standards. Your Apprenticeship Assessor will guide and support you through this process and arrange on-site visits to observe you demonstrating the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours in your daily role. It is important for you to take ownership of your own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. Your final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessments in the endpoint assessment.
What qualification will be achieved?
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Practioner)

Portsmouth College and Highbury College have merged to become the City of Portsmouth College. This apprenticeship will be registered under the Highbury College apprenticeship banner, with teaching and learning support from Portsmouth College.

Things to keep in mind
  • Pension
  • Holidays
  • Non sickness bonus
Future prospects
Next Steps Day Care would like to support your progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship after finishing the Level 2 apprenticeship.