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Apprentice Early Years Educator LIME TREE NURSERY LIMITED

Do you enjoy jumping in muddy puddles, going on bug hunts, and singing silly songs? Do you have lots of energy and enjoy working in childcare? We are looking to expand our team at The Lime Tree Children’s Day Nursery. The successful candidate will be able to work well in a team, with a strong ‘can-do’ attitude.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 22 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    07:45 – 18:15, 3 days/week to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    28 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    23 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The role:

  • Working with others and in partnership
  • To work well within the team, helping to create a positive work environment for all, using initiative, sharing information and being flexible whenever necessary
  • Be able to work autonomously with a can-do attitude, yet follow instructions as set out by team leaders and management
  • Work closely with other team members, professionals and the children’s' families
  • Join in team meetings, open days, training days, other nursery events and parent consultations, sometimes outside normal working hours when necessary and to keep abreast of current issues

The processes:

  • Ensure the wellbeing and safety of children and of the team
  • An excellent awareness of the policies and procedures and following these. Keeping up-to-date with them as they evolve
  • Ensure your specific duties regarding Health and Safety, fire procedures, risk assessments, tracking, etc. are understood and actioned
  • Ensure all records and paperwork are kept up to date and administration is regularly completed
  • Take reasonable care of yourself and others and to comply with the Nursery Health and Safety rules
  • Use your experience and knowledge to strive for continuous improvement within the nursery
  • Carry out any ad hoc projects or duties as requested by your line manager

The role - children’s activities:

  • A key person to some of the children
  • Build a positive and close partnership with the children and their grown-ups; meet and greet the parents at start/end of the session
  • Track key children on the EYFS, to know their abilities and next steps and set activities to reflect their interests and to provide opportunities for the children to progress along the EYFS at their pace
  • Update the learning journals termly and keep their grown-ups informed with parental meetings, as well as your line manager; create a lovely keepsake by detailing observations, writing Little Star Moments, adding photos, children's artwork, etc. - encourage parents to add in special moments/memories for the future
  • Complete 2-year checks and reports for school leavers for key children on time
  • Ensure activities and children's next steps are created in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five, ensuring they meet with the Early Learning Goals and in line with current nursery themes
  • Set up/prepare and clear resources – nursery to be clean and tidy at the end of the day, set up with all areas of EYFS resources and with children’s interests and next steps in mind. Nursery clearing and cleaning at the end of the day, including the kitchen area, entrance, nap-time linen, toilets and bins and surface areas decluttered
  • Assist with meal times and other routine activities

Respect the rules of confidentiality:

  • Be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to always uphold its standards. To be an ambassador for the nursery both within the nursery and in the wider community
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality in relation to children, families, team and the nursery

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Essential for the role:

  • Excellent knowledge of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Personal qualities

  • A hard working, yet fun loving team player, good with children!
  • Ability to respect and enforce confidentiality

Desired qualifications

Training required if not already in place. This is not an exhaustive list.

  • NVQ Level 2 Early Years qualification
  • Formal EFYS Qualification
  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • FGM training
  • Prevent training
  • Food hygiene level 2 or higher

Responsibility of ensuring that these qualifications/training are completed and in date sits with the individual. They are vital for the roles within the nursery, so this MUST be respected.

If the individual would like to further themselves with training not listed here, we would welcome discussion about this.

Future prospects

Specialism, such as Speech and Language Coordinator, or Team Leader, etc.

About the employer

When we embarked on setting up a nursery, it took a long time to find the perfect setting, which provides easy access to the outdoors with lots of beautiful areas to explore – it was worth the wait. We have our own large enclosed garden, complete with trees and lots of greenery and on the other side, we have our own gate leading directly onto Anstey Park fields for nature walks.

We have baby, toddler and preschool rooms available in our lovely home from home. That said, we strive to make this a nursery with a family feel, so children of all ages will mix at some point during the day and regardless of their age they will not be confined to the same spaces. The building itself was originally built as a residential property so it will feel very homely.

Breakfast will usually consist of cereal, toast or similar and a piece of fruit. We have a fantastic caterer who supplies a hot two course meal at lunch time and a hot afternoon tea. This caterer specialises in highly nutritional foods for young children and has won awards for this




Antsey Park House Next to 82

Anstey Road


GU34 2RL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SOLUTIONS


Lucy Traversari 01252712945

Early Years Educator standard (Level 3)

On-the-job training to be provided by the employer with a full apprenticeship package delivered by PTS in the workplace.

Functional Skills in English and maths supported if necessary.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 22 Jul 2022