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Early Years Educator Apprentice Level 3 Highbury College

We are looking for a Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprentice to provide care and support for all children attending Honeypot Nursery.

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Closing date: 03 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Friday on shift patterns (7:30am-4pm, 8am-4:30pm, 8:30am-5pm, 9am-5:30pm, 9:30am-6pm)

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    16 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Nursery apprentice

Honeypot Nursery

On site at Highbury College, Cosham campus

£4.60 an hour, Monday-Friday on shift patterns (7:30am-4pm, 8am-4:30pm, 8:30am-5pm, 9am-5:30pm, 9:30am-6pm), 37 hours a week

DBS is a requirement for the role, you must pass this check

We are looking for a Level 3 Early Years Educator apprentice to provide care and support for all children attending Honeypot Nursery.

The role

Day to day you will be involved in:

  • Prepare healthy snack
  • Supervise meal and snack times
  • Toilet/nappy change
  • Supervise and engage in play activities with the children, supporting and extending their learning and development
  • Participate in and plan small and whole group activities
  • Supervise outdoor play/learning
  • Encourage positive behaviour
  • Assist or lead story and song sessions
  • Liaise with parents about home routines, home learning, behaviour, development
  • Record any observations on the on-line learning journal

Main duties will include:

  • Oversee and participate in children’s activities including planning and observation
  • Devising stimulating activities appropriate to ages of the children and maintain children’s records
  • Assist in maintaining a clean, healthy and safe environment
  • Attend training as necessary and carry out any other duties reasonably required by the nursery manager
  • Be responsible for own key group of children supporting their learning and development, planning next steps of learning and identifying any additional support that may be needed
  • Adhering to all nursery policies and procedures including safeguarding

Experience - desirable however not essential

  • Working in a childcare setting
  • Knowledge of the EYFS

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good understanding of children’s needs
  • Good written and verbal communication

Personal qualities

  • Good initiative/adaptability
  • Willingness to learn
  • Reliable
  • Sociable
  • Conscientious
  • Hard working

Desired qualifications

GCSE 9-4/A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in both

Due to the demands of the role, applications with less than the required grades will not be considered. Equally, applications received without stating GCSE maths and English/Functional Skills results will not be considered.


Level 2 in Childcare

Level 2 in Health and Social Care

Food Hygiene

Paediatric First Aid

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, and subject to progress as an employee, Highbury College would like to offer you a full time role.

Things to consider

  • This is a 52 week a year job so you will be working during half terms and holidays
  • 23 days holiday, plus bank holidays

About the employer

​Highbury College has developed an ambitious and challenging vision for a 21st Century College. The vision is for the College to be ‘a world-class learning enterprise, leading the way, transcending borders​

  • Transforming and enriching lives.
  • Pioneering innovative approaches to education and training.
  • Inspiring ambition and co-creating sustainable futures with individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and communities.
  • Serving our diverse stakeholder communities with pride and passion.
  • An influential organisation, recognised for excellence locally, nationally and internationally’.

At the heart of this vision is the College mission which is 'to enable all our students to succeed'.


Highbury College


Tudor Crescent



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Highbury College


Heather Murray 02394 211959

What does the programme include?

  • Planning and supervising child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observing each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meeting the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Working in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child
  • With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting
  • Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

What attendance is required?

Attendance is required at all college sessions to ensure you meet off the job requirements (see below). Visits to the workplace will be arranged between yourself and your Apprenticeship Assessor.

It is a Government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards your “Off the Job Learning” – off the job learning can consist of college attendance, coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring, and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more information can be shared).

Learning and assessment

This apprenticeship is taught through a blended approach, this means you will attend sessions at the college and online, this will be one day a week. You will learn through a mix of college-based sessions, work-related activities, independent study and research. Assessment is on a continuous basis with a number of assessments in each unit. Assessments take a variety of forms, such as written reports, assignments, witness statements, observations and professional discussions. You will also be required to contact a longitudinal study which your Apprenticeship Assessor will provide more information and guidance on when you start.

Alongside the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) you will be required to develop a portfolio of work to showcase how you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours standards. Your Apprenticeship Assessor will guide and support you through this process and arrange on-site visits to observe you demonstrating the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours in your daily role. It is important for you to take ownership of your own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. Your final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessments in the endpoint assessment.

What qualification will be achieved?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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