Early Years Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship – Meridian Community Primary School – Peacehaven

Vacancy description

To assist in supporting and promoting the care and learning of all children, including, but not exclusively, those with Special Educational Needs, including lunchtime play and behaviour support (where appropriate).

This role is based in either the Nursery (which caters for children aged 2 – 4 years old) or in Reception (4 – 5 years old).  You will be supporting children during carpet sessions with the teacher leading these, small group work, playing alongside children and completing observations to support teachers’ assessments.  You will be expected to follow teachers’ planning and to attend relevant in-school training to support you in your role.  If you are based in Reception, you will also be supporting children out on the playground during lunchtime alongside Teaching Assistants.

Key Tasks

  1. To support the class teacher’s planning by preparing and participating in a range of activities in line with the EYFS curriculum that promote each child’s physical, intellectual and emotional needs to enable each child to reach their full potential.
  1. To implement activities which encourage linguistic and social interaction between the children and their carers.
  1. Under the direction of the class teacher, to be a key worker for a group of children by observing, monitoring and recording each individual’s development and where appropriate, modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
  1. To promote acceptance and inclusion of all children, encouraging children to interact with others in an appropriate and acceptable manner, including lunchtimes for Reception
  1. To support playground break time/lunchtime supervision where appropriate
  1. To provide regular feedback about children’s development to the class teacher, Early Years Leader and SENCO
  1. To liaise with the class teacher and SENCO about SEND plans for individual children
  1. To provide additional nurture to individuals when requested by the class teacher or SENCO
  1. To attend parents evenings/open days as required.
  1. To communicate with parents/carers about the day to day needs of the children by fostering parental involvement and encouraging positive parenting skills.
  1. To promote the philosophy of ‘learning through play’.
  1. To support the use of ICT in learning activities, where appropriate
  1. To help children acquire self-help skills including dressing, feeding, toilet training and an awareness of personal hygiene.
  1. To accompany class teacher and children on educational visits, where appropriate
  1. To attend staff and team meetings as appropriate.
  1. To keep up to date with developments in childcare and parent education through regular training as appropriate.
  1. To maintain records and documentation that comply with statutory requirements
  1. To know and apply school policies on Child Protection, Health and Safety, Behaviour, Teaching and Learning, Early Years Foundation Stage and Equal Opportunities
  2. To carry out the above duties in accordance with the Education

Training to be provided

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools
  • Level 2 Functional skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional skills in Maths
  • Level 1 Functional skills in ICT

Future prospects

The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in youth work and related areas. These include:

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Play work or Youth work for those wishing to transfer to other areas working with children and young people.

This pathway also offers the participant a doorway into the teaching profession, offering the chance to work in a variety of educational settings with children of all ages. The experience gained from this apprenticeship in the practical teaching environment is invaluable.

Skills required

  • Good Literacy and Numeracy skills,
  • Good organisational skills,
  • Strong communication skills,
  • Ability to work off of own initiative and also as part of a team

Qualifications required

The preferred candidate will have finished their GCSE or other skills qualifications in English and Maths, though consideration will be given to highly-motivated young people willing to achieve a qualification in Functional Skills (English, Maths & ICT) at Levels 1 & 2.

Personal qualities

  • A level of maturity commensurate with working in a school classroom environment will be required.
  • Motivated by making a difference to children’s learning & development
  • Willing to learn and professionally develop
  • Committed to self-development
  • Does what they say they will do  when they make a commitment – i.e. show up on time and not let people down
  • Values others
  • Effective communicator – good listener, sincere and able to win people over
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Confident to take the lead when appropriate
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Committed to collective success
  • Socially adept
  • Creative and innovative


East Sussex|
35 mon - fri|
4.00 per hour