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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Early Years St Merryn School

We are seeking an apprentice Teaching Assistant for our Nursery class, to join our skilled TA team. Our ideal candidate for this role will have an enthusiasm for working with children and supporting them to thrive.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2021

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 to Friday, 37 hours per week, times to be confirmed, term time only (38 weeks).

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Sep 2021

  • Date posted

    18 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

With training you will learn to support the educational programmes participating in the planning, preparation and practices. Contribute towards a stimulating, safe learning environment in which children’s welfare, learning and development needs are met while encouraging exploration opportunities when they arise.

Work in accordance with Company policies and procedures, all local authority and Ofsted regulations and the EYFS Framework.

To ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of the pre-school by adhering to safety standards and policies and procedures.

Encourage children throughout the learning environment to freely choose from the variety of fun and educational resources available to them.

All Apprentice Early Years Practitioners are expected to undertake training in order to become competent in the following tasks:

  • Be an effective member of the team working together to create an environment which promotes development and learning
  • Encourage children’s growth, self-esteem and independence
  • Develop effective links with parents/carers and other professionals 
  • Share responsibility for managing infection control procedures throughout the nursery environment
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures to ensure that the welfare requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) are met
  • Follow food hygiene procedures in line with current best practice
  • Liaise with the SENCO to support children with special / additional needs and contribute to any specified programmes which assist their learning and development.
  • Provide comfort to sick children and administer First Aid as appropriate
  • Administer medication when necessary in accordance with the setting policy and procedure
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms that a child may be at risk of abuse or harm. Be fully aware of and follow all child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures including reporting concerns or whistleblowing
  • Access training or professional development in line with the appraisal system keeping up to date with current good practice and attend in-service training as agreed with the Childcare Manager

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good social skills while remaining professional
  • Able to work both as a team and independently
  • Interested in the growth and development stages of a child’s life
  • Some experience of working with children

Personal qualities

  • Polite and friendly
  • Professional manner
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Flexibility in order to support team
  • Likes children
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise tasks when necessary
  • Remain calm in all situations
  • Passionate about the job role

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE English grade C/4 or above or equivalent
  • GCSE maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent

Future prospects

On completion of the apprenticeship progression routes can include continuing onto the Level 4 qualification under the apprenticeship route. Progression opportunities may also include higher apprenticeships and as an experienced nursery worker you could specialise in working with children who have difficulties with learning, physical disabilities, or need support with their mental health.

You could also study towards a higher education qualification in early years or child development. You could then move into management or early years teaching.

Things to consider

Kernow Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we implement the safer recruitment process; the successful candidate will be expected to share this commitment and to undergo checks including an enhanced DBS clearance.

Other Important Information: 

 In April 2020, the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices rose to £4.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. If you want any advice on your pay, you can contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or visit Otherwise, all learners come under your normal terms of employment ranging from holidays, to sick pay and disciplinary procedures.

If you are unsure about applying or have any questions, please feel free to give the team a call on 01752 202269.  Here are some helpful interview tips:

About the employer

St Merryn School, near Padstow, is part of the Kernow Learning Trust.  Our small, friendly primary school is a nurturing school, where every child is encouraged to shine. Strong links with parents, the local community and the other schools within the Trust, along with skilled, dedicated staff make this an exciting and rewarding school to be part of.


St Merryn School



St. Merryn


PL28 8NP

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Achievement Training Ltd


The Apprenticeship Team 01752 202269

You will receive specific on the job training from the employer in your workplace. Off the job, Achievement Training will provide training.

  • Early years Educator Standard level 3

The majority of your training will be carried out at your workplace location, however on occasion there may be a requirement to attend the Achievement Training Centre in Plymouth City Centre for off-the-job seminars and input tutorial sessions. 

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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