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Early Years Educator Apprentice Sacred Heart Rc Junior School

The successful candidate will be based primarily within our busy and successful school based Early Years Classrooms. You will work alongside the class teacher to support teaching and learning, lead small groups, make observations of children, and communicate with parents and carers.

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Closing date: 06 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,005.00 - £9,100.00

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday Shifts TBA.

    Total hours per week: 36.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    25 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Purpose of the Job

The primary role of an Early Years Apprentice is to work as a member of the Sacred Heart Early Years Team. You will work alongside the class teacher to support teaching and learning, lead small groups, make observations of children, and communicate with parents and carers.

Duties and Responsibilities

As an apprentice you will work as part of the Early Years team to gain as much practical experience as possible throughout the duration of your course.

Listed below are the responsibilities this role will be primarily responsible for:

  • To help provide a stimulating and happy environment where children can grow and learn
  • Provide learning activities for individuals and groups of pupils and also under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher, differentiating and adapting learning programmes to suit the needs of allocated pupils
  • Assess, record and report on development, progress and attainment as agreed with the teacher e.g. by contributing to individual learning journals
  • Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved to the attention of the teacher
  • To actively encourage children’s learning and progress in all areas of development by interaction and extension of play activities
  • To participate in continuous professional development and training as required

Early Years Apprentices’ in this role may also be required to undertake at least one of the following under the direction of the class teacher:

  • Provide support to pupils with learning, behavioural, communication, social, sensory or physical difficulties
  • Provide support to pupils where English is not their first language
  • Provide support to all pupils in a particular learning area (e.g. ICT, literacy, numeracy,)
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families, carers and other adults, e.g. speech therapist
  • To ensure that any information received concerning the children is kept confidential
  • Be responsible for the preparation of resources, to assist with the daily setting up and clearing away of all activities and equipment
  • Escort and supervise pupils on educational and out of school activities
  • Supervise individuals and groups of pupils throughout the day, including supervision in the classroom, playground and dining areas
  • Assist pupils with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required, whilst encouraging independence
  • To know and adhere to the settings operational and safety policies and procedures
  • To work in partnership with parents

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Confident building and maintaining relationships with young children
  • Works well with other people
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks set
  • Able to work using own initiative
  • Able to communicate effectively in spoken or written form
  • Well organised
  • Able to use ICT – word processing, emails, internet
  • Aware of Safeguarding when working with young people
  • Basic knowledge of First Aid if possible
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues

Personal qualities

  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Reliable
  • Committed
  • High expectations
  • Sense of humour
  • Team player

Desired qualifications

  • G.C.S.E. or equivalent English and maths qualifications (Grade C/4 or above)

Future prospects

  • Gaining a level 3 qualification which could lead onto the further training/apprenticeships.
  • We cannot guarantee that any progression will take place with this employer but we will support apprentices through information, advice and guidance into their next steps

Things to consider

  • Safeguarding
  • DBS check
  • Location of the school and travel
  • Term Time 

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). 
There is no guarantee of a permanent role at the end of the Apprenticeship, however you will be supported by a Careers Advisor throughout.

For further information on the qualification standard:

About the employer

Sacred Heart aims to give every child the firmest possible grounding in the core academic subjects. We aim to develop their wider interests through the great breadth of our curriculum. We aim to ensure that they move on to their chosen secondary schools with the skills, values and habits that will enable them to thrive there. Above all, we aim to make education fun and to give children confidence.

The education we offer boys and girls draws on the very best of both traditional and innovative teaching methods. Children are stretched by an academically demanding and exciting curriculum taught in innovative and creative ways where the focus is on children’s learning. They are given unparalleled access to a whole raft of other activities from art, music, drama and games to gardening and cooking.


Sacred Heart Rc Junior School


Este Road


SW11 2TD

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Wandsworth Borough Council


Jackie Brown 07557 863 654

Level 3 Early Years Educator

The delivery of training is a joint enterprise between the employer and Lifelong Learning. Most of an Apprentice’s time will be spent on on-the-job training which will teach them the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to perform a specific job within the workplace, while undertaking that role.

During the programme the Apprentice will be also required to spend 20% of their time undertaking other learning activities described as off-the-job training. This training is learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment.

Off-the job-training must be directly relevant to the Apprenticeship framework and may include the following.

  • Workshops
  • Shadowing colleagues to learn new skills
  • Work mentoring and coaching
  • Coursework
  • Attendance at workshops and staff development events
  • Online research and learning

There are certain activities that cannot be assigned to off-the-job training and these include:

  • Coursework completed outside of working hours
  • Progress reviews
  • Assessment
  • Functional skills, English and mathematics workshops

A tutor will be responsible for monitoring and recording learning hours and will undertake bi-monthly reviews. Employers will be given access to the ePortfolio system which will provide details on progress, assessments completed and tasks set so that an Apprentice’s development can be easily tracked.

The employer’s responsibility is to ensure that Apprentices receive the training that will develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to a degree that will help them to function as an efficient and productive team member. Lifelong Learning will provide additional tuition, mentoring and assessment that will support the employer’s commitment to developing the Apprentice.

End Point Assessment
The Apprentice will be assessed to the Apprenticeship standard using a variety of complementary assessment methods. The assessment is synoptic, i.e. takes a view of the overall performance of the Apprentice in their job. The assessment activities will be completed and may include:

  • An on-demand test
  • A practical observation
  • A professional discussion
  • A presentation or work-based project
  •  competency-based interview
  • An assessment of a portfolio of evidence 

Functional Skills
If an Apprentice has not previously achieved an A*-C/9-4 in GCSE English and maths, they must work towards either Level 2 Functional Skills or the GCSEs. For some Apprenticeships, they may only need to achieve Level 1. Functional Skills form a key part of Apprenticeships, providing individuals with the skills to complete their qualification.

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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