Little Hands Nursery School - Bourn

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Little Hands Nursery School - Bourn (Employer)

Hit Training Ltd (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £380.00
40.0 hours per week The nursery groups hours will fall between 07.45 to 18.15. Will include at least one early start and one late finish each week. Days TBC.
12 months (duration)
4 February 2022(start date)
Early years practitioner (apprenticeship standard)
31 January 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Little Hands Nursery Schools are looking for Early Years Practitioners at their Newton and Linton & Bartlow nurseries. Prior experience and/or qualifications are not essential as we can work with new staff to achieve both; much more important is a desire to work with young children with enthusiasm and understanding.


Information regarding the role:

  • The nursery group’s hours will fall between 07.45 to 18.15. Will include at least one early start and one late finish each week
  • Evening staff meeting approximately monthly
  • Paid holiday entitlement: 4 weeks and 8 bank holidays
  • Government pension scheme – NEST
  • Reduced rates for childcare – 50% reduction of nursery fees for staff if parent and child are at the same nursery


£9.50 per hour rising to £10.00 on successful completion of induction period and/or qualification.
Annual salary review next due - September 2021.

Sick Pay:

First 3 days of sick leave period are unpaid followed by Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Extra Sick Pay allowance on successful completion of induction period.


Working hours to be finalised - up to 38 hours per week - 52-week contract. 1 position for full-time, 2 for part-time candidates. Part-time and full-time hours term time only and full-year contract. 

Job description:

Welfare and Education of the children:

  • To participate in each session by playing with, observing, supervising and helping the children under the guidance of the session leader and children's manager, reporting any problems or queries back to the managers
  • Little Hands places particular importance on talking to the children as the way to extend their play and therefore their education and on building each child's confidence by providing a happy secure atmosphere
  • To plan and prepare children's activities approximately as required and to be involved with other nursery preparation
  • To be involved with the one to one care and education of children having special needs and the record-keeping of their progress. This will follow relevant training which will involve working alongside experienced staff and attending relevant courses as they arise
  • To assist in setting out, clearing and cleaning the nursery
  • To be involved in the children’s assessment and record-keeping
  • To be prepared for and to attend staff meetings, once monthly. This involves all staff in the planning of the nursery development, curriculum and policy and is a time for sharing training and ideas
  • To ensure the safety of the children at all times and to keep accurate records of any accidents and incidents affecting children or staff

Involvement with parents:

  • To ensure good communication with the parents. Make the parents and child feel welcome on arrival and report back to parents when they collect their child
  • To be involved with planning, topics and events taking place at nursery to be able to discuss them with parents
  • To attend two parents’ afternoons/evenings each year

Work as part of the staff team:

  • To work as part of the nursery team which aims to ensure an equal distribution of work throughout
  • To assist the children's manager in her supervision of students on work experience
  • To discuss any concerns with a nursery manager as they arise
  • On occasions, to be available to work at any setting within the Little Hands group

Personal training:

  • To successfully complete the in-house induction training
  • To be personally responsible for keeping up to date with nursery policies and developments
  • If unqualified in early years, to undertake training to National level 3
  • To be personally responsible for keeping up to date with early years education and its developments. Attending short courses is actively encouraged and funding may be provided by the nursery

Attributes required:

  • Little Hands expects high standards at all times and will be looking for a hard-working enthusiastic candidate who works with professionalism at all times
  • Little Hands applies equality of opportunity to all aspects of its work including recruitment and employment

To apply for the position applicants must attend two interviews. Play Visit - Candidates will be invited to a play visit working with current government guidelines relating to Covid-19. Formal interview with the nursery manager and Business Manager or Senior Manager to discuss employment experiences and knowledge of the early years.

Nursery Vetting:

Little Hands undertakes all the required vetting to ensure staff are suitable to work with young children.

Should you be offered the position of play practitioner the following will be required:

  • Two names and addresses for references
  • Health declaration
  • Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Criminal Record
  • Check for which we need to see the following original documents to check your identity
  • Passport or other photo identification
  • Birth certificate
  • Certification of any change of name
  • Proof of current address
  • National Insurance Number

Future Prospects

Qualified staff have the potential to progress to leadership roles; there are 4 Little Hands nurseries and job opportunities are available to staff within the group.

Skills Required

None specified. 

Qualities Required

  • We are happy to support the right candidate who has a ‘can do’ attitude and is willing to learn through their training
  • Other qualities desired include punctuality and the ability to ask questions to support them as they learn their role
  • Little Hands expects high standards at all times and will be looking for a hardworking, enthusiastic candidate who works with professionalism at all times

Qualifications Required

  • None required, but GCSEs (or equivalent) may be desirable

Training Provided

  • Early Years Practitioner level 2
  • In house induction programme
  • Training also accessed via Cambridgeshire County Council, the National Day Nurseries’ association and other training companies to support practitioners’ continual professional development
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