What will the apprentice be doing?
Purpose of the Job:
Work as a member of a team providing a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment which will promote the emotional and physical well-being of children with learning disabilities within appropriate boundaries.
Main duties and responsibilities:
• Have responsibility for the day to day care of the children accessing short breaks, under the direction of the Shift Leader in line with Directorate Policy and Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 including the Quality Standards.
• Support children to express their views, wishes and feelings, ensuring their voices are heard.
• Keep up to date with National and Directorate policies and procedures, ensuring robust compliance in accordance with Ofsted regulations.
• Observe and record accurately the development and progress of children during their stay, completing daily records and logs.
• Report back to the Shift Leader all relevant information, observations and any safeguarding concerns raised during the shift.
• Work closely with individual children in line with their care plans & unit policies.
• Assist in the general domestic duties within the unit which could include laundry, preparing meals and other tasks, as directed by the Shift Leader.
• Work in partnership with other team members to ensure the smooth running of the shift where children are provided with stimulating and meaningful experiences, including opportunities for learning and achievement.
• Attend regularly and participate fully in supervision, team meetings and the appraisal process.
• Advise management of health and safety issues likely to affect the smooth running of the unit and the care of the children.
• Actively participate in ongoing training and apply learnt knowledge to support best practice within the unit.
• Promote equality for all individuals which recognizes and encourages anti-discriminatory behavior, children’s rights, choices, personal beliefs and identity.
• Adhere to the Kent Code of Practice at all times
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will undertake an apprenticeship of 30 hours per week, 23 of which will be on a rota and the rest will be to complete your Diploma 4 in Children, Young People and Families and Practitioner.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
At the end of the apprenticeship, upon full completion, you may have the opportunity to take on a Children Residential Worker post within one of the short break units.
Reality CheckThe Council has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. This post involves working closely with children and is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Flexibility, Commitment, Reliable, Positive Attitude
Qualifications RequiredOther N/A (Grade None required) Desired