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Early Years Apprentice Little Acorns

Opportunity for an Early years apprentice at small rural pre school with 18 children registered (ages 20 months to 4 years). Duties will include supporting the children to learn whilst at nursery, helping set up and clear away activities, ensuring the children are aware of good hygiene (e.g. hand washing) and assisting with snack time.

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Closing date: 31 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

    8.45am - 2.45pm, on rota (Monday-Friday) term time only

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    06 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:

  • Assisting the current staff to greet the children
  • Settle them to an activity
  • Read stories, play, be creative, follow the child’s lead
  • Support with personal care (after training is given and DBS clearance)
  • Help to prepare snack (children bring packed lunch but will need some support opening packets, and making sensible choices)
  • Playing with children, and supporting them as they have ideas
  • Cleaning up spills and accidents, and keeping the setting hygienically clean

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to listen to the children, take your time, and value what they say
  • Reasonable handwriting as some notes need to be taken (not lots), a little confidence to speak with parents, but you will not be left alone to do this

Personal qualities

  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Caring outlook
  • Sense of humour

Desired qualifications

Ideally GCSE maths and English grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent. Applicants without this will be considered but will need to undertake a functional skills programme at Yeovil College as part of their training.

Future prospects

Possibility of a full time job on successful completion of the apprenticeship programme. Little Acorns is expanding and there should be a job opportunity at the end of the training, although this may be part-time.

Things to consider

Little Acorns is situated in Evershot village hall, DT2 0JY (approx. 10 miles from Yeovil). There is no suitable public transport so own transport or a very committed driver/lift will be needed.We spend some time outdoors every day, you will need a good coat, waterproofs and wellies.

You will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.

You will need to undergo some safeguarding training.

You will need a packed lunch, it is a pretty village, but limited for ‘lunch shopping!’

About the employer

Little Acorns is  small rural pre school, based in the picturesque village of Evershot. It is based in the village hall, and is sometimes required to be a ‘pack away’ setting. We have a large garden, with real mud and grass.


Little Acorns


Evershot Village Hall

The Common



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Emma King

Level 3  Early Years Educator.

  • Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) Or complete a first aid course delivered by one of the following types of organisations as per the EYFS requirements. Voluntary aid society, member of trade body with an approval and monitoring system, or acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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