Ark Start is part of Ark, an education charity that exists to make sure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education and real choices in life. Our nurseries work in partnership with parents on the site of a primary school to provide affordable, flexible childcare and access to an excellent early education where children can thrive.

As an apprentice in one of our nurseries, you will work with highly experienced members of staff to create a joyful and loving environment. You will work with children aged 2 – 5, developing practical skills caring for, and educating young children. You will benefit from:

● Frequent internally and externally provided training as part of the network of nurseries and schools.
● Weekly coaching and supervision from a qualified teacher.
● Weekly on-site training opportunities.

We are looking for passionate, hard-working individuals who want to join our nurseries and share a commitment to our mission and values.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with colleagues to deliver excellent early education and childcare provision, ensuring that every child’s need are met and that they thrive in a safe environment.
  • Building positive relationships with the children, families, colleagues, and internal/external professionals.
  • Observing, monitoring, and engaging in children’s play activities linked to the EYFS. Activities will support children’s language and literacy, art and design, numeracy, and physical development.
  • Keeping records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Assisting with food preparation and serving food to children, ensuring special dietary requirements are met.
  • Following nursery policies and procedures.
  • Promoting the values and high standards of the nursery.
  • Keep the setting clean and hygienic.
  • Maintaining the outdoor area including gardening and other external work.
  • Participate fully in staff training and team meetings.

This job description is not an exhaustive list and you will be expected to carry out any other reasonable tasks as directed by your line manager.

Ark offer some great benefits which include;

  • We are committed to providing the best development for all our staff. We close the nurseries for five days each year to focus on staff training and ensure there is protected time for training and supervision each week for every adult. We work hard to ensure there are clear career progression routes so staff that start with us can continue their career with us.
  • 25 days holiday per year, excluding bank holidays.
  • 11% pension contributions.
  • Above market salaries – we are a real living wage employer for qualified staff.
  • Access to Ark Rewards providing discounts of thousands of retail outlets as well as for example free counselling, financial and legal advice and much more through our Employee Assistance Programme.

Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work in the UK’ documentation, undertake a DBS and provide at least two satisfactory references prior to commencing employment.

At Ark Start, you will be working towards your Early Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship over the course of 18 months

Please note this is an 18+ position.

Diversity and Inclusion at Ark

At Ark Start, we have a particular responsibility to advocate for diversity and inclusion to make a positive difference to the lives of our pupils. We believe that inclusivity and representation of people, circumstances, identities, cultures, and ethnicities from all sections of society make us stronger as individuals and as an organisation.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We welcome any candidate requests for reasonable adjustments to the selection process in order to ensure equal access to all candidates.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children, which will be tested at interview. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.