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Childcare Apprenticeship The Honey Bee PreSchool

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience. This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a month in person and once a month online to gain your apprenticeship qualification.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 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

    9.30am to 2.00pm Monday - Thursday

    Total hours per week: 18.00

  • Expected duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    12 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

You will work four days a week at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience. This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college to gain your apprenticeship qualification.

Activities include:

  • Maintain accurate and effective children’s records
  • Respond appropriately to issues requiring confidentiality
  • Support, promote, and implement policies relating to diversity and equality
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Work with the team to ensure the smooth running of the nursery day
  • Work in partnership with parents
  • Attend parent events and meetings as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Previous experience in childcare is not a necessity but can help
  • A genuine interest in wanting to care for children is essential

Personal qualities

Learners must be caring, professional and able to work well as a team. Good time keeping, patience and enthusiasm are all positive qualities for nursery assistants.

  • Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy
  • Enjoys being creative
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm at all times
  • An understanding of and respect for the diversity of families
  • Appropriate level of maturity and personal confidence
  • A willingness to reflect on their own practice

The candidate can demonstrate an awareness of confidentiality requirements and basic understanding of child safeguarding.

Desired qualifications

No qualifications are required for this apprenticeship.

Functional skills including maths and English are covered as part of the apprenticeship as is Paediatric first aid. A clear CRB may be required by the nursery.

Future prospects

Learners can use this qualification to go into various care roles. You can progress onto the level 3 apprenticeship and work your way up in the nursery going into team leading and management roles. You could also use your experience to go into teaching, nursing, midwifery, play work and social work. There are many directions you can go with your apprenticeship should you wish.

Things to consider

Childcare is not about playing with babies all day. There will be a variety of activities to plan and deliver each day. You may have key children that you look after and will have to communicate with staff, children, managers and parents at the nursery. There will be a lot of cleaning to do and you may have to work long hours, although this will vary with each employer. It is hard work but it is very rewarding.

Role for 18 hours per week due to business needs.

About the employer

At the Honey Bee we believe children are unique and individual and deserve to be loved, cherished and nurtured.

It is the staff that add the special magic to your children’s day and therefore practitioners are specially selected to care for and educate your children on a daily basis in the best possible way and to make their earliest years the happiest ones.

All practitioners hold an enhanced DBS check (police check), hold at least a level 3 childcare qualification and are trained in pediatric first aid and safeguarding/child protection. Through ongoing professional development, we are committed to sustaining a workforce of highly qualified and knowledgeable practitioners. These dedicated staff understand child development and use their knowledge to provide stimulating and educational activities that inspire, challenge and fascinate the children.

Through play, our professional, dedicated and caring practitioners promote each individual child’s learning and interests. We take inspiration from a variety of different perspectives including the Forest School approach. We give our children regular opportunities to explore and learn outdoors in the natural environment and use a secure, community garden in which activities take place. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. 


The Honey Bee PreSchool



Valentia Road


RG30 1DL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Chiltern Training Ltd


Admissions Team 01189566995

  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner (Possibility of starting at Level 3 Early years Educator depending on age, experience, qualifications)
  • Functional Skills in English and maths as required

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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