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Early Years Apprentice (Level 3) Stars Day Nurseries

Stars Day Nursery are looking to recruit an Early Years Apprentice, to help deliver outstanding care and learning opportunities to all children within the setting.

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Closing date: 24 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.30am - 3.30 (half hour un-paid break). Term time only 44 weeks per year.

    Total hours per week: 27.50

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    31 May 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This employer is looking for a level 3 apprentice. 

*Please note this vacancy may close prior to the closing date if a successful applicant is found.*

Job Purpose:

  • To help deliver outstanding care and learning opportunities to all children within the setting
  • To support the Room Leader in the effective and efficient running of the room you are assigned to
  • To work with the team within the room, setting and Company
  • To ensure all policies and procedures in line with Company Policy, along with all aspects, legal and guidance, of The Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted’s Registration requirements are met at all times
  • To be an ambassador for Stars Day Nurseries

Essential Skills, Qualities and Experience:

  • Passionate about Stars Day Nurseries
  • Presentable
  • Shows initiative
  • Works well as a team member
  • Engages with parents and families
  • Manage and organise time effectively
  • Professional in all approaches
  • Ability to use an online journaling system
  • Can work in a team and independently
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Prepared to work flexibly
  • Reliable
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Experience of working as part of a team

Desirable skills and qualities:

  • Diplomatic
  • Confident
  • Experience of working as a Key Person.
  • Experience of working with external agencies
  • Knowledge of Ofsted expectations
  • Experience of the Observations, Assessment and Planning cycle
  • Experience of working in partnership with parents and families
  • Previous experience of working in a childcare setting
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Knowledge of Child Development Stages
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding
  • Knowledge of SEND Code of Practice
  • Commitment to obtaining a current qualification in Early Years

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  To work towards being able to contribute to the drawing up of Individual Learning Plans which consider the ‘Next Steps’ of the individual, requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance and Stars Day Nurseries ‘Enhanced Curriculum’ guidance and to monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum through regular observation and assessment. This may include working with other external agencies. (SALT, SEN, OT etc.)
  • To be responsible for providing a high quality of education and learning, ensuring that appropriate experiences, stimulation and support is on offer at all times, to the children attending the setting
  • To own responsibility for ensuring that all performance management systems appropriate to your position are followed e.g. induction, probation, supervision, team meetings, appraisals and performance-based objectives
  • To contribute to the daily programme of delivery of Stars Day Nurseries activities, experiences and events
  • To follow all guidance, and take responsibility for, the correct use of the Achievement Record for completing regular Observations and Assessments, including Next Steps and Planning, and to demonstrate awareness of the progress of all of your Key Children
  • To ensure that all key reports, including ‘Termly Reports’, ‘2 Year Progress Reviews’ and ‘Transition to School’ reports are all completed to a high standard and within the time frame required
  • To ensure all administrative records are properly maintained and updated (daily registers, daily diaries, accidents forms etc.)
  • To ensure the welfare and safety of children is promoted within the service and that any child protection concerns are always reported to the appropriate person and appropriately acted upon immediately
  • To liaise closely with parents/ carers, informing them about current curriculum changes and practices that may impact on their child’s progress
  • To ensure that the setting is a safe environment for children, staff and all others entering the building. That equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, and safety procedures are implemented and followed at all times
  • To work as part of the team within your room in all aspects of your job, ensuring that the highest standards of practice are maintained at all times
  • To follow instruction and guidance given to you by your Mentor and Room Leader
  • To implement the recommendations of any regulatory inspection, either by Ofsted, a Local Authority representative or a member of the Management Support Team who may visit the setting
  • To ensure that all children accessing the service provision receive a balanced and healthy diet
  • To undertake all training that is deemed necessary for you in the role, your room or your setting, and present yourself in these situations as an ambassador for Stars Day Nurseries
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by any staff member in a position of seniority to you, whether usually based at your base setting or otherwise
  • To work as part of a team and as a professional role model to all other staff working within the team
  • To ensure the safety of children at all times. This includes, ensuring children are only collected by authorised people listed for the individual. Ensuring that any medications are administered in line with company policy and the requirements and permissions of the parents
  • To carry out daily risk assessment checks for ensuring all aspects of the room meet the requirements for set up. Informing the management of any issues or concerns that may become apparent
  • To work closely with all involved in any transition of the child, either from room - to - room within a setting or between settings, or the move on to school

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Prepared to work flexibly
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude

Personal qualities

  • Confident
  • Commitment to obtaining a current qualification in Early Years
  • Presentable
  • Shows initiative
  • Works well as a team member

Desired qualifications

GCSE A*-C/9-4 or Level 2 equivalent to be exempt. If you do not have these, we will conduct assessments to ensure you would be able to achieve the Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English alongside the apprenticeship.

Future prospects

For a successful candidate there may be the opportunity to progress to a permanent position within the business.

Things to consider

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check.

27.50 hours due to business needs.

About the employer

We see the potential in each child and aim to support and extend their learning and development through carefully planned, learning experiences. 


Stars Day Nurseries


Brigstock Court



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Training provider

City College Peterborough

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by City College Peterborough


Stacey Mason

Training will be provided by City College Peterborough. Training is work based meaning you spend full time in the placement and be released into college when needed. This includes functional skills classes where applicable.

The apprentice will work towards either of the following:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner (Educator) (Achieved alongside the Early Years Educator Level 3 standard)


  • NVQ Level 2 Early Years Practitioner (alongside Early Years Practitioner Level 2 standard)

When you apply, you will be invited in to meet with a member of City College who will discuss which level is recommended.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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