Apprentice Childminder (Children and Young People’s Workforce) - MiNewt Childcare, Lynne Lacey

About the employer: We are a busy home based childcare business currently employing 1 full time and 2 part time members of staff.  We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.45pm. Childcare is provided for children aged from around 6 months to 10 years.  We plan and deliver activities in line with the Government’s Statutory Framework for the early years foundation stage.  Monitoring progress and planning appropriate next steps to ensure each child meets their potential.

Brief overview of the role: The role revolves around working with young children (mostly aged 6 months to 4 years).  All aspects of childcare are involved by delivering planned activities (crafts, story time, outings, reading and writing skills etc).  A certain level of fitness is required as we spend a considerable amount of time outdoors.

Purpose of the role: 

  • To support me in providing appropriate learning experiences for the children attending the setting.
  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children.
  • To liaise with parents/guardians of those children as requested.



Learning & Development Experiences:

  • To plan age appropriate activities for the Children; 
  • To deliver those planned activities;
  • To observe, monitor, evaluate and report on the progress of each of the Children; and 
  • Reviewing, maintaining and updating records relating to each of the Children as appropriate.

Safety & Wellbeing:

  • To work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Children at all times, whilst at the setting, in transit and at other places;
  • To ensure all visitors to the Employer’s setting are duly authorised by the Employer and sign the visitors’ book upon entry;
  • To soothe and comfort injured Children in line with the Employer’s policies and procedures; and
  • To adhere to employer’s policies and procedures


  • To provide parents/guardians with information about the Children as appropriate and in line with the Employer’s policies and procedures.


  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the nature and level of the post that are required in order to deliver the job’s key responsibilities.
  • To work within the policies, procedures and codes of conduct.



Minimum requirements:

  • Energetic as time is spent outside each day and an element of lifting is involve in caring for young children.
  • Compassionate and able to deal with the unexpected.
  • Basic  IT Literacy
  • Experience working with children, e.g. babysitting / helping at out of school groups

Desired skills:

  • Effective communication using appropriate methods and language, including ICT, with a range of audiences – children and adult.
  • Time management and organisational skills.
  • Anti-discriminatory practice in all areas of work.           
  • Being professional at all times.

Desired qualities: 

  • Enthusiasm, a good sense of humour, is hard working and who will see each child as unique.
  • You will need to be a team player.
  • Energetic as the role requires a significant amount of time outside and will involve lifting and handling small children.

Desired qualifications: 

  • GCSE English & Maths

Future prospects:

  • Dependent on the demand for the service being provided remaining high, there is an opportunity to progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Things to consider:

  • The nature of the role is unpredictable as no two days are ever the same.  To be successful you need to be able to think on your feet and adapt to the children’s moods and interests.

Hours of work:



£126.40 per week


Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 7DT

Closing date:

20 Jun 2018

How to apply:

You can apply for this position, by clicking on the 'apply now' button. 

Be sure to take your time when completing this application, ensure you consider all the required skills and responsibilities and what you can offer.  If you would like any support in completing this application, you can access support from Student Services at Kendal College on 01539 814725.

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