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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2019.

Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Job Reference: 318-19-R3790ED

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Little Apples Nursery
£10,132 pa

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.

Job Title: Apprentice Nursery Assistant


Hours: 37.5 hours per week to work flexibly between 7am– 6pm Monday to Friday.

Fixed term contract 18 months


Salary: GHNHSFT Apprentice Terms and Conditions

£10,132 pa (pro rata), £5.18 per hour


Department/Area: Little Apples Nursery Cheltenham General Hospital (with occasional requirement to travel to Little Oaks, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital)


Accountable to: Senior Nursery Manager


Do you have a passion for looking after young children and babies? If so come and be part of our Extraordinary Everyday - We are looking for an Apprentice Nursery Assistant at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


This is an excellent opportunity to complete an Intermediate Level 3 Apprenticeship, Diploma in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce and gain valuable experience within a nursery setting.


This apprenticeship vacancy would be suitable for anyone who has an interest in starting or pursuing a career within an Early Years setting.


The Apprentice Nursery Assistant would be managed by the Nursery Manager and under their direction the apprentice will:


        • Meet and greet children, parents/carers in a friendly, polite and professional style

        • Ability to work on own initiative, independently and as part of a team

        • Whilst providing high standards, be able to contribute to a safe, fun and stimulating environment

        • Under guidance organise, arrange and provide activities under the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to meet the individual needs of the children

        • Adhere to Nursery Policy and Operational Plan and bring to the attention of the Manager any ineffective practice

        • Be committed to our Trust Values – Listening, Excelling and Caring

        • The apprentice will have no budgetary responsibility or direct management responsibility

        • Undertake any other appropriate duties, commensurate with the role as required at the request of your supervisor

        • An aptitude to looking after pre-school children in a warm, friendly and caring manner

        • Good communication skills and able to engage children’s interests through fun activities

        • Ability to work on own initiative, independently and as part of a team and under instruction

        • Be flexible to the meet the needs of working at either of the Nursery settings at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital

        • Sensitivity and compassion

        • Ability to work flexibly

        • Be able to prioritise

        • To be able to remain calm under pressure

        • Undertake an End Point Assessment


          The Apprentice Nursery Assistant will work as part of a team, have a flexible attitude to work, be professional, treat everyone with kindness and respect, and have the confidence to communicate with a range of healthcare staff.


          The Apprentice will also ensure a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds and stages of development. Working in the nursery requires the apprentice to be flexible and alter activities and priorities as the need arises.


This apprenticeship is full time, the maximum working week is 37.5 hours / week; this includes a daily unpaid break of 30 minutes.


The young person (under 18 years) will have a break every 4.5 hours worked; there is no weekend working.


For further information please contact Karen Cairns, Nursery Manager Tel 0300 422 2260 or Lisa Ferris Wood 0300 422 6318 (Learning Skills and Development Manager – Apprenticeships)


The closing date for applications is 25th September unless a high volume of applicants and we reserve the right to close the advert early.


For more details of the role and requirements of the apprenticeship, please see Job Description and person specification attached.


‘Our Trust uses a values based recruitment (VBR) approach, to ensure that we recruit the best employees with the right skills and values to support effective team working in order to deliver excellent patient care and experience’



Please note that this vacancy may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if you are interested. The Recruitment Team are unable to accept any applications after the position has closed on NHS Jobs.

Committed to safeguarding our community

If applicable for the post, all successful candidates will be required to pay for their own Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The cost will be £32 (standard checks) or £50 (enhanced checks), and will be recovered through two instalments from the candidate's salary. Please contact for further information.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team at

Committed to supporting service personnel

As part of our commitment to support Service Personnel, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership, offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for all qualifying Service and Ex-Service Personnel. To qualify for a guaranteed interview, candidates must meet the essential criteria for the post and be either a current member of the Armed Forces, or be within the two year period of resettlement. If this applies to you please email the job reference number and your AR number to the Recruitment Team at

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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