Careers at Tiddlywinks Nursery School

Tiddlywinks Nursery School Ltd have a large highly qualified staff team led by our dedicated and highly skilled management team. Tiddlywinks Nursery School are always looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join our large nursery team. We endeavour to deliver the best induction and training process prior to your start date so you feel confident to start work within the nursery setting. We pride ourselves on valuing our employees and recognising hard work – we provide progression, training and support throughout your career with us.

At Tiddlywinks Nursery School, we encourage our practitioners to enhance their learning and qualifications. All of our practitioners are fully qualified or completing their qualifications with us. We currently employ practitioners who are qualified or studying towards level 2, level 3, level 5 and Level six B.A Hons degree in Early Years and level 4 in Management.

At Tiddlywinks Nursery School it is mandatory for all practitioners to have the following training:

  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Working with babies

Some examples of other training include:

  • British Values - how to instil our next generation with positive values and beliefs
  • Health and Safety - protecting our children and staff from harm
  • Raising attainment through effective use of the pupil premium (EYPP)
  • 'OFSTED Big Conversation' - bringing Early Years Care Providers together with Ofsted across the UK
  • Peer Observations in Early years - reflecting on and improving practice as a team
  • Hygiene Practices – COVID training
  • Supporting personal, social and emotional development
  • Planning and Assessment in Early years
  • Funding training (15/ 30 hours)
  • PVI meetings – over zoom
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Training
  • Early Years Foundation Stage - deepening understanding of the Early Years Framework
  • NDNA Member Events
  • Employment Law Training
  • Nutrient award in house training


Thinking about an apprenticeship in Early Years?

If you’re interested in working with younger children within the nursery setting aged 0 -5 years and our holiday club / after school club aged 5 – 11 years  an apprenticeship in Early Years with Tiddlywinks Nursery School can be the perfect route into your chosen career.

Not only will you earn as you learn, our qualification will give you practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge, leading to a wide range of job opportunities within our nurseries which you can aim to work towards throughout your qualification.

We are always looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join Tiddlywinks Nursery School. We pride ourselves on valuing our employees and recognising hard work as well as progression, and we offer first class training and support throughout your career with us.


Are apprenticeship suitable for anyone?

Anyone aged over 17 who is looking to develop a career in Early Years is suitable to train with Tiddlywinks Nursery School. You may be new to this field or already be employed or volunteering in the sector, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone! There are no formal qualification entry requirements for our apprenticeship but you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure your suitability for this sector prior to your start date. Along with mandatory training for all practitioners to have the following training via their induction process

  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Working with babies


Who are Tiddlywinks Nursery School Ltd?

Established in 2006, Tiddlywinks Nursery School Ramsbottom is  a family operated business  grown over the last ten years to expanding to a second setting Tiddlywinks Nursery School Chadderton during 2018. Tiddlywinks Nursery School Heywood will be opening during Autumn 2022.

We have 3  nursery settings to date and are responsible for the care and education of over 400 children. Tiddlywinks nursery School endeavour to provide excellent childcare and education, we are committed to ensuring that every child is given the best opportunities during their time with us. We have been providing committed, affordable and flexible childcare for over 15 years, accommodating childcare, After-school club and holiday club 52 weeks of the year forming a strong professional partnership with parents, carers and local communities.


Why choose an apprenticeship with Tiddlywinks Nursery School Ltd?

Tiddlywinks Nursery School work in partnership with ‘Training Works’ who provide training to complete your qualification.

On enrolment you will be assigned a tutor within Training Works and a ‘mentor’ within Tiddlywinks Nursery School who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Our apprenticeship programmes form part of a wider training strategy of professional development and promotion within our nurseries, increasing staff retention and morale. Apprenticeships are work-based qualifications lasting between 12 and 21 months.  You’ll complete both practical on-the-job training to get real work experience as well as off-the-job learning to develop your knowledge and understanding of your job role. You will gain the chance to work with other practitioners and gain an understanding and passion for the childcare career.


What are Tiddlywinks Nursery School looking for in our Apprentices?

  • A positive attitude to work
  • Presentable – smart uniform and appearance
  • Flexibility available between 7:30AM – 6:30PM
  • verbal communication skills
  • Plenty of energy
  • Ability to make a professional introduction
  • Passion and enthusiasm to work with children
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with parents/carers and other childcare professionals
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Patience


What apprenticeships are available at Tiddlywinks Nursery School Ltd?

Intermediate Apprenticeship 

An Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) has an equivalent educational level of 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C/ 9-4 PLUS:

  • NVQ Level 2
  • GNVQ Intermediate
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • BTEC First Diploma

Advanced Apprenticeship 

An Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) has an equivalent educational level of 2 A Levels PLUS:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • GNVQ Advanced
  • BTEC National Certificate





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