Red Balloon (Cobham), Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

Positions: x2

Weekly Wage: £288.00

Working week:
Monday - Friday, working various shifts from 8.00am - 6.00pm (40 hours)

Apprenticeship duration
12 months 

Apprenticeship level: 
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Cobham, KT11 1HU


Red Balloon comprises three day nurseries, based at Cobham, Weybridge & Horsley. Each daycare nursery has its own individual style and character yet all share the same ethos: Our aspiration is to consistently exceed your expectations by delivering exceptional childcare.


Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • To provide the highest standards of quality care and education.
  • To ensure that safety and security measures are constantly maintained.
  • To be aware of and act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedures.
  • Operate a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area in conjunction with other staff.
  • To keep a proper record of achievement file on your key children, for parents.
  • Work with parents of special needs children to give full integration in the Nursery.
  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team.
  • To work in close partnership and to develop and maintain good relationships with parents / carers and other family members.
  • To be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, events etc
  • To be flexible within working practices of nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the vision, philosophy and objectives behind Red Balloon are fulfilled.
  • To develop your role within the team especially with regard to your responsibilities as a key worker.
  • Specific Child Care Tasks:
  • The preparation and completion of activities to suit the child's stage of development.
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing.
  • Washing and changing children as required.
  • Providing comfort and warmth to a poorly child.
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.
  • To ensure good standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained


Person Specification:

  • An enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated individual will be required to take advantage of this challenging and exciting opportunity.
  • The successful candidate will have to demonstrate a genuine passion for providing the highest standards in quality childcare.
  • Strong communication skills and team-working abilities are essential.


Training provided

Qualification:  Children and Young People’s Workforce
Level: 2
Duration: 12 months
Course Type: Apprenticeship Framework

Apprenticeship Delivery: Work based qualification. A tutor will visit you every 4-6 weeks in your work place.

Units Covered:
The programme is spread across 12 months and typically covers 14 units with the option to take on extra stretch and challenge units if desired. These units are split into 4 themes which complement each other and create a better learning experience:

  1. Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  2. Child Development
  3. Positive Environments
  4. Personal Development/Specialism

The programme will also require the apprentice to cover Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) which will be covered through the duration of the apprenticeship.


Functional Skills: 

Apprentices also work towards a Level 2 qualification in English and maths in the first half of the programme if they have no prior exemption (GCSE’sA – C or equivalents in English and Maths).


Important information
Red Balloon are holding a recruitment day on Saturday 19th January 2019, 10:30-12:30pm at 4 Balfour Road, Weybridge, KT13 8HD to book your place, please ensure you press the Apply now button

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