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Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Mother Goose Corner Day Nursery

The Nursery is looking for a caring and thoughtful Apprentice Practitioner who will be commencing their Level 3 qualification this coming Autumn. The Apprentice will be joining a dynamic, proactive, professional and fun staff body in a full-time capacity (including one day per term time week at college).

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Closing date: 02 Feb 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Four working days per week, of eight paid hours per day plus one hour unpaid lunch break. One paid day in college, attending normal school hours of 9am to 4pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    12 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    08 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Reports to: Room Leader

Job Purpose:

With close mentoring support, to care for children under the age of five. To actively contribute towards the creation of a safe and secure Early Years setting. To monitor and support children of the Nursery in their learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

Key Objectives:

  • To participate in the daily running of the Room in accordance with the requirements of the Nursery’s own policies and procedures, the Children’s Act 1989, all OFSTED requirements, and all other relevant and/or local government requirements
  • To take responsibility for the safety, security and well-being of all children and staff within the Room
  • To ensure all Nursery policies and procedures are adhered to at all times
  • To carry out any other duties as requested by senior management that can be reasonably expected

Main Responsibilities:

  • To interact and engage with the children of the Nursery, actively helping them to develop a curious and open approach to learning
  • To display a willing and hands-on in attitude in partaking in all duties related to the daily routines required of the room. Non-exhaustively such duties include the provision of conscientious supervision of the children at all times, assistance in the children’s washing and changing, promotion of high levels of personal hygiene amongst adults and children, and the cleaning of both their own and of shared environments
  • To be responsible for promoting best practice at all times
  • To actively promote positive relationships between all adults and children of the Nursery
  • To communicate clearly with all parents/carers, finding different ways to welcome and involve them as much as possible in their children’s care and education at Nursery
  • To attend and partake fully in all parent and carers’ evenings/sessions, working with the Room team in ensuring that these meetings are a warm and welcoming forum in which the normal day-to-day practitioner to parent/carer bond is strengthened
  • To attend training courses and effectively disseminate new knowledge to fellow team members.
  • To be responsible for assisting in the creation a stimulating and attractive Room environment
  • To be responsible creating and executing their own Key Children’s effective Room planning, ensuring it is appropriate to the children’s age group
  • To participate fully in the Nursery’s Key Worker system, ensuring each Key Child’s learning journey folder is up to date at all times
  • To observe each child’s progress and report on achievements, looking for progression and continuity
  • To monitor children within their Room for the identification of possible additional needs, and where necessary, act accordingly in seeking support for the child, parents/carers and Nursery from appropriate sources
  • To liaise with external agencies and professionals in order to practice a joined-up approach in ensuring we as a setting provide the very best possible for each of the children in our care.


  • To be willing to use an open and creative mind-set in fulfilling their job role
  • To review their own practice using means of self-assessment in order to promote continued self-improvement
  • To be willing to continue their own professional development through training opportunities offered both internally and externally
  • To be responsible for promoting a warm, welcoming and open environment within their Room
  • To be responsible for maintaining the highest levels of professionalism at all times within Nursery
  • To partake fairly and equally in all tasks associated with the running of the Room
  • To attend all relevant in and out of working hours events and activities (e.g. children’s parties, staff meetings, workshops, training, parent/carers evenings etc.)

Health & Safety:

  • To ensure that the highest standards of safety, security, hygiene and cleanliness are operated at all times within their Room as well as within the Nursery as a whole
  • To act appropriately in the event of an emergency, and ensure that in preparation for such an event all of the Nursery’s emergency policies and procedures are understood
  • To take personal responsibility for understanding all of the Nursery’s policies and procedures
  • To ensure that all logs kept at Nursery are completed as required and with the utmost of efficiency and accuracy.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Accurate record keeping
  • Good communication skills for working with children, parents/carers and colleagues
  • Understanding of how important a secure and safe environment is

Personal qualities

We make a point of looking specifically for 'good eggs', and for people who we can say hand on heart we believe in as individuals as much as Early Years Educators and Teachers.

As such, in our next recruit we will be looking for character traits which include honesty, being willing to roll your sleeves up and work hard, and a mindset which means you are focussed on doing your very best – this means both for yourself and for everyone else around you.

Desired qualifications

With regards to technical skills, we will require the applicant to have achieved at least a 4/C in their GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English, or to be able to achieve a Level 2 in their functional skills maths and English.

Future prospects

We should hope that at the end of the Apprenticeship that we would be able to offer our candidate a full time job as a newly-qualified practitioner. Please note that this would be subject to the Apprentice’s performance throughout their tenure with the Nursery, and the Nursery’s staffing requirements at the time.

Things to consider

You will need a clear DBS check.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

About the employer

Mother Goose Corner is a homely, family-run children's day nursery and pre-school based in central Huntingdon. Our professional, caring and dynamic staff are just as well qualified as they are enthusiastic, and collectively have many years of sound as well as varied experience. We are proud to be Ofsted graded Outstanding, to hold Five out of Five stars from Environmental Health for our kitchen, and to be the winners of the Hunts Post Business Training and Development Award 2014 for our own in-house team training and development programme. Our philosophy is not only to provide excellent wrap-around care that supports you as a family, but also to help our goslings grow into confident and inquisitive little minds that are supported by strong, healthy and active bodies. Since our original opening in the spring of 1998, we have gained an excellent reputation in the Huntingdon area. We go above and beyond to make sure our children, parents and carers feel safe and secure in the knowledge that their little ones are happy, safe and learning about the world around them in the most meaningful and interactive way possible.


Mother Goose Corner Day Nursery


Jemima House Nursery & Pre-School

2A Swynford Road

Alconbury Weald


PE28 4XG

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College


Camilla 07814507777

Apprentices will enjoy a weekly work/study pattern of four days in Nursery, with the fifth day in college attending class. All five days – working and studying days – are paid for.

When in the workplace at Nursery, our Apprentice will receive hands-on support from their immediate and wider Nursery team members. Not only will they be coached and mentored by their Room Leader and Room Team, but also by the Nursery’s in-depth supervision, observation and pastoral care systems which are designed to bring the very best out of each practitioner; from our most inexperienced colleagues to management.

When in college, our Apprentice will focus on the Level 3 Childcare element of their course, and benefit from face-to-face interactions in a mature learning environment provided by Cambridgeshire Regional College.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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