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Apprentice Early Years Assistant

Early Years Alliance
Erith (City/Town), London (Greater)
£9.24 - £10.42 p/h Incl. London Weighting
Closing date
11 Aug 2022
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About The Role

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About the role: 
We have a fantastic opportunity for an Apprentice Early Years Assistant to join our team at West Street Nursery in Erith. Rated Good by Ofsted and 9.8 on Day Nurseries.  
We are looking for a Apprentice Early Years Assistant who will offer our children high quality inclusive early years education and care.

We take great pride in being a friendly, inclusive setting that put children and their families at the heart of our practice, and provide excellent promotion and progression opportunities for our staff team.

If you are excited about building a career in the early years and passionate about supporting children’s learning and development through inclusive play this is the role for you.

Working in the early years really is one of the best decisions you will ever make, and we can’t wait to be part of your career journey!
What we offer:
We are proud to be part of the Early Years Alliance family of early years settings. Founded over 60 years ago, the Alliance is an educational charity dedicated to supporting the delivery of quality early years education and care to children and families,
The Alliance prides itself on being a supportive workplace and offers significant benefits for our team members including:

  • Level 2 and 3 Early Years Apprenticeship programmes
  • Extensive training and career progression planning, including access to our Learning Management System (LMS)
  • The Alliance has invested in FAMILY reducing paper work and giving you more time to focus on the children.
  •  50% discount on childcare places
  • A generous workplace pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, with additional annual leave for long service.
  • Birthday leave so you can have a day off for your birthday dedicated to you and your well being
  •  Enhanced sickness pay and paid bereavement leave
  • A Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme, giving you an introductory payment of up to £300 if someone you have referred to the Alliance takes up a role in the charity.
  • Vitality membership wellness and fitness app – including lots of great health benefits, rewards, telephone and face to face counselling
  • Savings of up to 25% on O2 Refresh Airtime Plan on any new phone or tablets
  • A dedicated mental health First aider to support your mental well being

Job purpose and duties:
We’re all about delivering inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children in a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment, while providing you as an apprentice with the learning opportunities you need.

In this role, you will learn:

  • how to meet children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs by providing stimulating and age-appropriate play and learning opportunities in the setting.
  • how to supervise the children where appropriate and to protect them from dangerous or harmful situations, with the support and guidance of senior staff.
  • how to contribute to a high level of care that will enhance the children’s general health and wellbeing,
  • how to carry out observations of children, discuss the progress of children with the key person and contribute any ideas to informal and formal planning sessions.
  • how to be aware of any special needs a child may have and to familiarise yourself with relevant play and learning plans.

Your responsibilities will also include:

  • working with colleagues to provide a fun and engaging outdoor activities to cover all areas of the children’s development
  • preparing healthy snacks, set up and clear away mealtimes and support children during mealtimes.
  • attending and contributing to your feedback sessions.
  • attending and contributing at regular staff/team meetings.
  • sharing any child protection concerns immediately with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or their deputy.
  • adhering to our code of practice on confidentiality.

Desirable requirements:

  • Good written and verbal communication
  • GCSE grade D or 3 in English and Maths or functional skills level 1
  • Ability to work using own initiative and work as part of a team 
  • Good customer awareness
  • Experience of dealing with young children

But first and foremost, we’re after someone with a genuine willingness to learn and a friendly, flexible approach, so if that sounds like you, please get in touch!

Hours per week: 40
Weeks per year:  52
Virtual interview date: 18th August 2022

Please note our virtual interviews take place via Microsoft Teams, so you may need to download this ahead of your interview.

About The Service
The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and equal opportunities in employment. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding and equal opportunities across the whole organisation. 



Core values

The Alliance believes that the well-being and achievement of children should be a key priority for society. We will work at local, regional and national levels with policy makers, parents, practitioners and children to achieve this end.  The Alliance works on a not for profit basis, independent of political or other influences through inclusive and democratic principles.

What we offer:

At the Early Years Alliance staff wellbeing is a key priority and we believe in offering a range of initiatives that support all of our staff:

  • Support from a Childcare Operations Manager
  • Access to a Learning Management System (LMS), 3 training days a year, plus personalised training plans for employees
  • Family Friendly Policies, workplace pension scheme
  • Nursery Management Information System (Family) to reduce paperwork, and central admin support
  • Microsoft Office 365 Teams, SharePoint and online support
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay and paid bereavement leave
  • Access to qualified Mental Health First Aiders and a wide range of wellbeing support
  • Attendance to a National Conference, team social events and uniform
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100
  • 10% discount on childcare places


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Early Years Alliance
50 Featherstone Street
United Kingdom
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