Childcare Apprenticeship

  • Tops Day Nursery Ltd
  • Portsmouth, UK
  • 11 Jun, 2024
Part time

Job Description

Childcare Apprenticeship

Location: Tops Lakeside, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Pay rate: £6.41 per hour 

Contracted Hours: 30 hours per week/Part time


Our Childcare apprentice looks after the educational and social development of babies and young children up to the age of five. Their primary duties include providing children with a safe environment to learn, helping them to develop basic social and behavioural skills and engaging them in age-appropriate play activities. In joining us, you’ll also become part of our extended family. You’ll work alongside other team members who are passionate about providing care, warmth and kindness to all those who work in our Nurseries.

Tops Lakeside Nursery is a 61 place Day Nursery & Pre-School situated in Cosham, Portsmouth. The nursery run several extra-curricular activities including Tops Forest School, cooking school, Boogie Mites, yoga, meditation and much more!  We’re rated 9.1 by and graded GOOD by OFSTED


At Tops day Nurseries we see working in the childcare industry is a very rewarding career choice. Not only do you get to play an important part in the life of the children, but you also watch them grow and develop whilst learning new things yourself each day.

We are lucky to have a sister company call Aspire Training, (recently listed as one of the Top 100 Employers for Apprenticeships 2023) who offer fantastic Ooportunities to develop in your Nursery Career from Level 2 Childcare Apprenticeships all the way through to Nursery Manager or even to become an Early Years Teacher!

We’re also an Employee-Owned Company and have adopted the Employee-Owned Trust (EOT) meaning each and every one of our colleagues/partners are co-owners of our company.  This means that as the company grows and succeeds, so do you. Our collective efforts will directly contribute to the success and sustainability of our business, with the opportunity for all partners to receive an annual bonus from our profit shares.

Tops Day Nurseries believe in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible world for all. We aim to achieve this through educating the children of today, so that they, in turn, can influence the way future generations live.

Here are some of the other benefits you’ll enjoy as a valued member of our team:

  • 29 days holiday (Full time otherwise pro-rata including Bank Holidays)
  • Up to 60% discount for Childcare within Tops Day Nurseries
  • Pay Day Sub
  • NHS Prescription Charges
  • Optical Care
  • Dental Treatment
  • Companywide profit bonus scheme, annually rewarded each May.
  • Uniform Provided
  • A flexible option to work 4 days week
  • Fantastic career development


If you’ve worked in Nursery before, then that’s great as you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. But if Childcare as a profession is new to you, then don’t worry – we’ll provide all the training you need to start your Early Years Care journey with us, all delivered in a nurturing, engaging and rewarding environment.

Some of the primary skills we are looking for will be someone will include;

  • Excellent communication skills, to engage with the children and converse with other staff members and parents
  • Creative skills and imagination to provide educational activities to children that can ensure the child is happy and learning in a rewarding environment
  • Positive outlook, to keep children happy and build an environment where children feel secure and rewarded.

If you think you have the right skills and attitude to deliver the highest quality of care and engagement for our children as a Childcare apprentice within one of our Nurseries, then you could be the next to join us. So apply today and get your career started with us!

All candidates will be required to have an enhanced DBS which is on the update service. All offers are conditional upon satisfactory background checks. This role involves regulated activity with children. You should not apply if you are on the Childrens’ Barred List.

  • 29 days annual holiday entitlement (pro rata)
  • Access to our reward and recognition platform, Each Person, including exclusive deals and discounts, up to 40% off cinema, Diesel Savings Card and cashback on your favourite supermarkets and high street retailers
  • Annual pay review
  • Staff Welfare scheme
  • Company pension
  • Up to 60% discount for Childcare within Tops Day Nurseries
  • Great career progression
  • Regular supervisions
  • Continuous in-house and external training opportunities
  • Uniform Provided

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