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Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Ref- TV78823

Short Heath Federation
Walsall, West Midlands
National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Short Heath Federation
Lane Head Nursery School

Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Level 2 
35 hours per week, term time only + 5 Training days. 
Fixed Term Contract: 15 months

Our Federation offers a unique opportunity for a very special kind of Early Years Practitioner to work in a single phase school, as well as the chance to work alongside colleagues from other phases, in order to enhance your professional development.  
At Lane Head Nursery, we are now entering a really exciting phase in our school’s development. From September we will be offering places to 2 year olds as well as our 3-4 year old provision. We can offer more opportunities for career development over time and more CPD than ever before! We are a fully inclusive school and enjoy the challenge of meeting the needs of every child in a unique way. Our practice is recognised as exceptional. Our staff are too.

We are looking to appoint an Apprentice Level 2 Early Years Practitioner who will inspire our children, ensuring they make good progress and enjoy learning. 
You need energy, resilience, strength of character and a professional curiosity in order to support our children’s needs which can be many and varied. We are looking for someone who understands how our youngest children learn – through play and to be able to provide quality adult play interactions with children to support their learning.

Applications are invited from candidates who:
•    Enjoy motivating and exciting children about learning
•    Have a working knowledge and experience of working with children with ADHD, ASD, SLD and MLD
•    Love working as part of a team 
•    Are able to use their own initiative, thinking creatively
•    Have GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths
•    Are able to support children to be independent learners
•    Are keen to develop themselves and others
•    Are imaginative, energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking
•    Nurture and encourage children to fulfil their potential

We can offer
•    Enthusiastic, highly motivated, happy children and families!
•    A strong dedicated team, who are committed to maintaining high standards whilst still having fun!
•    A structured programme of CPD, working closely with colleagues in our federated schools

If you can see yourself being part of our team, you can download an application pack from our website - .  If you would like to know more, drop an email to Deb Walton, Head of School at Lane Head Nursery: , who will get back to you. Visits to the school can be arranged.

Closing date for applications is 12.00 Noon on Monday 11th March 2024.  Interviews will take place on Monday 18th March. Please email your completed application form to as a word document. 
Interviews will be held later that week. 

Short Heath Federation is an equal opportunities employer.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, keeping children safe in education and promoting British Values in school and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure check and a completed Disqualification by Association form, along with relevant pre-employment checks, including two suitable professional references. 
environment where all staff are valued and where there are opportunities for professional development.

Rates of pay:
The current National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice is £4.30 an hour. This rate applies to Apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices will be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over AFTER completing their first year. 
The minimum wage rates are £6.56 an hour for 18-20 year olds, £8.36 an hour for 21-24 year olds and £8.91 for anyone aged 25 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that is part of their apprenticeship. 

How to apply -Application forms are available on WMJobs and on our website or alternatively please email for an application pack. 

Completed application forms should be returned via email to the school along with a 2-page personal statement. Your statement should show how you meet the criteria of the post to which you are applying and how your examples demonstrate impact. Posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 


Our mission statement is:

Every day,
In every way,
Everyone matters.

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Short Heath Federation was formed in 2006 when Lane Head Nursery School, Rosedale Church of England Infant School and Short Heath Junior School joined forces under one governing body. Since then, we haven’t looked back!

Each of our schools is led by a Head of School – they are in charge of the day to day running of their school, as well as working together with the Executive Headteacher on the strategic improvement of all of our schools. All three of them are amazingly talented school leaders - specialists in their field. The Executive Head takes responsibility for the development of the federation (with a primary focus on continually improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools), as well as supporting other schools in an advisory role and carrying out Ofsted Inspections in schools in the West Midlands Region.

We never stand still andshort heath since we federated, we have gone from strength to strength. Lane Head is an outstanding nursery school and Rosedale and Short Heath are both good schools. Across all schools we have an incredibly talented team of staff – every single one of them. We have more Specialist Leaders of Education than we have ever had before – we see ourselves as lifelong learners and are constantly researching effective practice and implementing even better teaching practices in our schools. Our leading practitioners enjoy using action research to further improve what we do.

We are very proud that we are able to support other schools in Walsall. We have a rapidly growing reputation as a centre of excellence and others are always keen to learn from what we do. We aspire to provide the very best possible education that we can for our children. It’s important to us that we support every aspect of a child’s development – personal, social and emotional, as well as academic.

One of our many particular strengths, and one that we are especially proud of, is that we focus on the very specific needs of every child – we really do mean it when we say ‘Every Day, in Every Way, Everyone Matters’. All staff believe that every single child has the potential to be exceptional – we do our very best to make sure we give them all of the opportunities that they need.  Our children deserve the best!

Although we are a federation, each of our schools has its own unique character and it’s always been important to us that we keep it that way. You can find out much more about each school on their individual website.

Lane Head Nursery School

Short Heath Junior School

Rosedale C of E Infant School

Another strength, and something that makes our federation unusual, is that one of our schools is a Church of England School. From the beginning it has been important to us all that we have a strong Christian ethos across all of our schools and we are extremely fortunate to have Furzebank Worship Centre on site as well as an extremely supportive vicar and church community. Without doubt, our outstanding Christian distinctiveness makes our settings extra special.

The future is exciting. We are looking forward to being able to welcome 90 children into our Reception classes from 2019, instead of the 60 we can currently take. We are looking forward to continuing to develop the extensive range of support that we give to our families beyond.

I am extremely proud to lead Short Heath Federation. Our children are amazing and make every single day fulfilling. We love what we do and we know that you will love it too.

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Cathy Draper
Executive Headteacher
Short Heath Federation

Short Heath Federation and your future

Our federation is very proud of what we can offer to you as an employee. We are fortunate to have a really talented team of staff who are there to support your professional development.

We have specialist leaders of education, leading practitioners and a structured programme of professional development for everyone, whatever your role.short heath

We love that we are able to offer opportunities in our school and beyond to learn from others and also to support others as part of your development. We have a strong track record of recognising talent and growing future leaders.

Many of our staff trained with us and have been successful in gaining employment with us after their training – in all sorts of roles and at all levels.

We try to keep our website up to date with vacancies, but it’s always worth emailing us to ask if there is anything available.

We offer:

  • a tailor-made induction programme (whatever your career stage) including opportunities for developing practice in our own and other schools in Walsall;
  • a personalised professional development plan;
  • a career coach;
  • Local Authority staff well-being programme;
  • an exciting opportunity for extensive professional development across a federation of schools, working with good and outstanding teachers in all phases;
  • laptop and iPad;
  • discounted childcare;
  • an annual spend of more than £15,000 on training and development for our staff;
  • the support of two leading practitioners and 6 specialist leaders of education spread across all phases;
  • wonderful children and families;
  • opportunities to shadow other colleagues;
  • supportive, dedicated, creative and talented colleagues;
  • an exceptionally strong Governing Body;
  • part time opportunities for the very best candidates
Company info
01902 368499
Pennine Way
West Midlands
WV12 4DS

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