Childcare Apprenticeships

Apprentice Nursery Practitioner

Fantastic Opportunity To Kick start Your Career In Childcare With Tom Thumb Nursery
We pride ourselves on creating a warm, welcoming and caring environment for both parents and children and our team of highly qualified staff provide enriching activities for all age groups.


Main Duties:

To tidy away at the end of each activity, ready for the next

To keep the Nursery clean, neat and tidy, especially after messy activities

To ensure that damaged or unsafe equipment is reported to your senior by the person who finds it

To keep all toilet areas spotlessly clean

To ensure that all unused resources or equipment is put away by the person who was using it

To ensure that the children’s work is stored and filed away promptly, any work to go home is sent as soon as possible to avoid backlog and that work is displayed attractively and labelled accurately

To ensure that all communications to parents from the Nursery are passed on quickly and efficiently

To create and maintain a safe and stimulating atmosphere for the children

To participate with the daily activities in accordance with the short, medium and long term plans

To observe and encourage individual children in their activities, actively developing their skills.

To assist with the children’s toileting/nappy changing and washing and to promote awareness of personal hygiene.

To prepare the children’s snacks/trays in a hygienic and quick manner

To supervise the children during break and lunch time, assisting with their feeding, as needed, and promoting sociable table manners, by sitting with the children and encouraging them through leadership, how to act, eat and behave, giving them a choice of healthy food, in a way that encourages good eating habits.

To encourage the children to be considerate and to respect other people’s belongings, such as coats, toys, etc.

To ensure that all art and craft materials, paint pots, glue etc. are topped up ready for use.

To be welcoming and approachable to the parents and children at all times, ensuring that each child and parent is greeted, then at the end of their day fed back to.

To undertake other general duties, including the cleaning of the Nursery at the end of the day, in the absence of the Cleaner, in support of the smooth running of the Nursery.

To promote a positive attitude at all times regarding Tom Thumb.

To maintain a congenial working atmosphere at all times.

To ensure that confidentiality is maintained in the Nursery at all times.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

No Entry Requirements 

Personal qualities

Friendly and outgoing with a willingness to learn

Passionate about providing equal opportunity family centred childcare

Ability to communicate both written and verbally with a wide range of people


Warm, caring and approachable


Open to change and a team player

Qualifications required

You will need good communication skills and be comfortable with creative thinking

It is helpful if you are confident with children, calm and organised

Experience of working/participating in a team environment

Written, verbal and listening skills

Future prospects

Full-time Employment Future Training

Things to consider

Successful applicants for our roles must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with previous employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

Training to be provided

Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce

Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Function Skills in maths and English, if required

Work based learning

About the employer

Tom Thumb Nursery

The nursery prides itself on the welcoming and loving environment they have created for both children and parents and has a wonderful highly qualified team who love to watch children grow and learn. The nurseries team is over 80% qualified with the remaining staff undertaking training to achieve an NVQ and are fully first aid and basic food hygiene trained, a majority of our team have been working with us for years, they like the children, never want to leave!! The nursery has an amazing EYFS lead who not only a qualified teacher but is also an Early Years professional and the settings Special educational needs co-ordinator. She is a real asset to the Tom Thumb team and is fully involved in the settings planning and children’s developmental targets. We love to keep parents updated with photos and videos of what your child does at nursery each day and we use these to form your child’s own individual learning journey that becomes a real keepsake of the time they spend at nursery.

The nursery is set over three floors all of which have a classroom/playroom with an extensive range of equipment and creative materials for the children’s use. We believe that children get the most benefit from playing and exploring with everyday objects and have a wide range of exploratory equipment that lets them discover and learn at their own pace. The outside environment is an all-weather garden and has opportunities to be used as a rich learning environment. We all love to get messy, so our sand and mud areas are always popular as is our water wall and art fence where the children can paint and draw and get creative with the outdoors.


Tom Thumb Nursery, 12 The Avenue


East Sussex

BN21 3YA