Lv 2/3 Early Years/Childminding Practitioner Apprentice - Free Range Explorers

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This is an exciting opportunity to join our small but impressive team of passionate and experienced Early Years practitioners at Free Range Explorers, and work with a great group of young children whilst learning a new role. This is the perfect role for someone looking to start or further a career with young children and would suit a student looking for the next step after leaving full time education, or possibly an older person who is interested in starting a new career.

A successful candidate would enjoy being outside and in company of young children, and work alongside other adults in the team. They would need to have a positive attitude, ability to investigate different learning methods, a great sense of humour, and not be worried about getting a bit muddy on occasion.


The role can be energetic and needs a candidate who is happy to be physical. As our setting is small in time there would be roles within the job that would require responsibility and ability to think and work independently.

Our new apprentice will be involved in developing routines with the children including mealtimes, sleep times and nappy changes. They would learn and be required to understand the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), as well as explore and use the policies that Free Range Explorers have in place.

Enjoying creating opportunities and activities for children will also be part of this role.

The perfect candidate would:

-Enjoy being around young children and babies.

-Reliable and a good timekeeper

-Be polite and courteous.

-Promote a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.

-Be fit and well for a demanding role with children

The childminders apprentice will be working towards supporting the childminder with the following key roles:

-To support/listen to the childminder in providing high quality childcare for each child in attendance, ensuring maximum outside opportunities are provided.

-To read and develop understanding all the policies and procedures in place in the setting to put them into them into practice when providing provision to the children.

-To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all the children in the setting and be confident in implementing any emergency procedures-for example fire drills, seeking medical support for any incidents, maintaining accident books, and carrying out first aid.

-To communicate with parents about the child’s experience, and where necessary complete communication diaries of the child’s day.

-To be able to take sole charge of the children attending the setting for two hours at a time while the Childminder is away from setting and maintaining all the policies and procedures in their practice once completed first aid training.

-To observe children, and plan, develop and review activities to suit individual needs of the children, taking advantage of indoor and outdoor learning environments, as well as the local community.

-To support and contribute to the learning journeys of the children attending.

-To maintain learning environments, using resources appropriately promoting cleanliness and tidiness and the end of sessions, developing learning displays.

-To support children through snack and mealtimes, promoting healthy eating and have a good understanding of food hygiene.

-To collect children from preschool and school, whilst ensuring children walk safely and promote high road safety practices.

-To promote and carry out strict recycling and environmentally friendly and sustainable practices to the children and adults on the premises.

-To take part in the daily cleaning of the setting, cleaning surface, hoovering, mopping floors, cleaning of bathroom, laundry etc.

If you like the sound of what we do and are interested in a role working with children, then please get in touch. We would love to meet you!


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