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Early Years Apprentice Okeford Fitzpaine Pre School

Assist in the day to day running of the setting, train to become a keyworker, learn about child development and how to extend and encourage learning in the Early years. Working with babies and children from 4 months to 4 years, and up to 11 years old during school holidays.

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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

    24 hours per week on rota plus 2 hours per week study time. Shifts TBD.

    Total hours per week: 26.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

At Sunbeams we see looking after children as not just a job, but a vocation. We know what works well, but we are always evaluating, observing and striving for improvement.

In this fast-paced, ever changing world we need to be bringing up children who are critical thinkers; creative, resilient, confident and inquisitive. We are not here to just teach them about numbers and letters but to give them skills for life.

Children need our time, our attention and our knowledge; but they also need space to experiment, try it out, get it wrong and figure it out for themselves. If we always give them the answers and wrap them in cotton wool they will never truly learn, and if they don’t learn that getting it wrong is okay then where will our future scientists, explorers, philosophers and teachers come from?

At Sunbeams EVERY child is valued and encouraged to be the best that they can be; keeping them safe and busy while allowing them the space and time needed to really enjoy learning.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Keeping the setting clean and tidy
  • Assisting with setting up activities
  • Taking care of the children's needs as and when required
  • Ensuring the wellbeing of the children in the nursery's care at all times

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Punctual, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic. Someone who doesn’t mind being silly with young children to help them learn.

Personal qualities

Ability to use own initiative, keen to learn, good manner with children.

Desired qualifications

Ideally GCSE maths and English grades A*-C (4-9) 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

The settings are new and growing, this is a great time to start, learning in a quieter, smaller setting and become part of a new team. Long term prospects are further training to continue professional development, the company encourages personal growth and development in its staff – previous long-standing employees have gone on to study teaching, child psychology and speech therapy.

Things to consider

Childcare and education is not just playing with children – it is being creative, understanding how children learn, writing observations and dealing directly with parents. The right candidates will receive good mentorship and help from senior staff as they learn.

We also spend a lot of time outside as children thrive in the outdoors.

About the employer

Long established childcare setting in Poole and Ferndown have recently opened 2 new settings near Blandford.

We are looking to encourage people of any age to come into childcare as a career as there is a national shortage of staff. We have a good staff retention rate as we value staff input to the running of a highly successful and good quality nursery, pre-school and forest school settings.


Okeford Fitzpaine Pre School



DT11 0RE

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Emma King

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Paediatric first aid

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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