An exciting opportunity to join an experienced and dedicated team of childcare professionals who will support you in gaining a qualification in childcare. We are graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Come and join us to be the best you can be!

Desired skills

Genuine care and affection of young children.
The ability to interact appropriately with children.
Be able to communicate with children and adults
Be willing to learn
Be able to understand and learn about child development and put this into practise
Be able to contribute to the smooth running of the nursery
Be purposefully engaged in activities and involved in children’s play
Be able to follow instruction well and seek advice appropriately
Be able to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
To learn how to handle various situations, some difficult.
Be enthusiastic
Report to line manager
Be able to complete paperwork to a high standard
Good standard of hygiene and well presented in an appropriate manner

Personal qualities

Be kind, nurturing with young children
Be outgoing, fun, happy to be with
Want to work with young children
Good listener
Have empathy for children, families and colleagues
Good communicator, both oral and written
Good level of personal hygiene

Desired qualifications

GCSE Maths & English 9-4, A*-C or Equivalent

Future prospects

We are committed to ensuring all our employees are trained to a high level. You will be offered the opportunity to complete such training as first aid, food hygiene, safeguarding etc. You will receive a uniform and name badge to be part of our team. We offer time away from nursery to concentrate on your studies. You will be given a mentor to support you with your studies – this is a senior member of staff in our team with a wealth of experience. There would be an opportunity for future work at the end of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

There may be opportunities to work offsite but this would be in the local area and under supervision of a fully qualified nursery officer.

Shift work is required. Monday – Friday 7am-6pm. Some occasional work is required on an evening such as training events or staff meetings.

97.4% of our apprentices progressed to employment or further study*.

Destination data for Sunderland College 2019/20, Apprentice completers. 

Why choose Sunderland College?

96% of our apprentices agree that they have the chance to develop new skills at their workplace*.

(*On-programme Survey 2018, apprentices)

97% of our apprentices agree that their course is helping their skills to get better.*

(*On-programme Survey 2018, apprentices)

The college works in partnership with over 600 employers. 

We have over 40 Apprenticeship programmes across a range of career sectors.

Best reasons to choose an apprenticeship

Earn while you learn. What's not to like about earning money while learning on-the-job, and getting relevant qualifications all at the same time.

Wide choice of careers. We are one of the biggest apprenticeship providers in the region and offer over 40 apprenticeship programmes in lots of career sectors.

Get paid.You will earn at least the minimum apprentice wage of £4.30 an hour (from April 2021 – aged 16-18).

Great support. You will get the best of both worlds with support from your employer and college to make sure you achieve and get the best out of your apprenticeship.

Excellent prospects. Starting in the workplace means there is lots of potential for you to progress quickly, giving you a fast track route to career success.

A competitive edge. An apprenticeship will give you the edge when competing for jobs against other well-qualified candidates.

Get hired. The qualifications, skills and experience you gain will look super impressive on your CV and your apprenticeship could even turn into a full time job.

An alternative to university. Higher apprenticeships mean that you can become qualified to degree level and beyond.

Gain skills. Not only will you develop job specific skills, you will gain transferable skills, such as time management, that you can use in other industries and careers.

Real job. You will be doing a real job for a real employer and putting your skills and knowledge into practice will show employers what you are capable of.

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