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Early Years Educator Apprentice Staffordshire University

To provide a high standard of childcare and education within Staffordshire University Nurseries. Meeting Early Years Ofsted and statutory requirements.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    37 hours per week. Nursery shifts are usually scheduled between the hours of 7.50am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Working hours will include time spent completing off the job training.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To adhere to all Childcare legislation, meet legal requirements set out in the Statutory Early Years Framework, Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice and Health and Safety requirements.
  • Have responsibility and be accountable to safeguard children and act in accordance with service policies and Local Safeguarding Boards procedures.
  • To adhere to the policies, procedures and quality standards set out by the Childcare Management Team and contribute to consultation and development of policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Deliver the requirements set out in Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS) relevant to full day-care settings.
  • Have responsibility to support and assist key person of a designated group of children, to establish and maintain positive relationships with children and their families in a way that values parental involvement and supports children’s development and well-being.
  • With support deliver high quality teaching utilising varied and appropriate teaching strategies providing meaningful learning experiences that support the holistic development of children within the setting.
  • To assist in the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of indoor and outdoor learning experiences to enhance children’s physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional, social and moral development.
  • With support and guidance identify and support children whose progress, development or well-being is affected by changes, difficulties in their personal circumstances, or presenting special educational needs and/or disability; reporting to parents, the management team or referring to professionals for specialist support in line with Early Help, Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice, government / local authorities procedures.
  • With support and guidance provide varied means of informal and formal communication opportunities for parents/ carers and to contribute to the work of a multi-professional team about children’s well-being, learning and development and, where appropriate, coordinate and implement agreed programmes and interventions on a day-to-day basis to improve outcomes
  • With support and guidance promote children’s pro-social behaviour, resilience, self-regulation and independence through using effective support strategies and developing children’s emotional and social capabilities in line with emotional and behavioural well-being policies
  • To promote children and families’ rights, equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice in all aspects of the nursery along with exposing children to experiences and learning opportunities within their local community.
  • To establish and maintain a safe environment and employ practices that promote children’s health, safety and physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • To be responsible for the care, cleaning and maintenance of nursery resources and equipment, reporting loss/damage, issues, low stocks to management team
  • With support carry out, review and implement risk assessments and safety walks in-line with requirements set out in University, Nursery and EYFS Safeguarding and Welfare requirements
  • Administer medicine, record all absences, accidents, injuries and medicines following nursery procedures
  • To assist, attend and engage in OFSTED preparation, open days, team meetings, nursery projects and developments, actively participate in fund raising activities as required out of usual working hours
  • To work collaboratively and cooperatively with all colleagues as part of a team
  • To work shifts as appropriate and cover colleagues’ absences as and when necessary • To assist and support students, colleagues and volunteers undertaking work-based learning placements and research in liaison with Nursery Manager
  • To attend and engage in professional development and mandatory training required for the role.
  • To be proactive in engaging in self-reflection and the continuation of own professional development learning, such as; participating positively in supervisions, team meetings, teaching and learning observations, observation, assessment and planning monitoring, appraisals, reviews, nursery improvement plans, Ofsted self-evaluation and attending training including mandatory courses such as; food hygiene, paediatric first aid, prevent and safeguarding
  • To act as an ambassador/ advocate for the organisation and maintain a positive image of its ethos and objectives. Adhering to service professional standards and competencies framework
  • To participate in key University events including Open Days, Visit Days and Awards Ceremonies; promoting the provision within Student and Academic Services as appropriate
  • The role holder is required to minimise environmental impact in the performance of their role and to actively contribute to the delivery of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Policy.
  • To undertake other such responsibilities as may reasonably be required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The ambition to work within an outstanding Early Years setting.
  • The dedication and a commitment to complete the Apprenticeship and receive your recognised qualification.
  • Be inspired by young minds.
  • A great story telling voice and willing to sing.

Personal qualities

  • Not frightened by helping out with grazed knees or bumps.
  • Stamina to play all day with our children, we are open from 8am until 6pm.
  • Caring, responsive with a willingness to get involved.

Desired qualifications

A good standard of Maths and English (4/C or Equivalent).

Future prospects

There is potential for permanent employment on successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please consider how you will get to and from work each day.

The role holder will be required to travel between sites from time to time in a cost-effective manner, which may be through the use of a car.

About the employer

In 2022, we are welcoming a brand-new Nursery and Forest School in the heart of our Stoke-on-Trent campus on Leek Road. Our Nursery and Forest School brings the forest setting to our city campus and is not only connected with its landscaped and idyllic surroundings, but also provides inspirational and flexible learning spaces that offer developing children digital experiences too.
Sustainability, digital technology, and nature are at the forefront of the new build, which aims to further the University’s commitment to creating a family-friendly campus. Featuring four inspirational learning spaces with areas for food preparation and wet play as well as flexible floor space, the new build also has additional capacity for a 24-place classroom and observational suite with leading digital technology.
The new nursery provision will also incorporate a forest school facility to further develop links with local schools and provide community participation opportunities. Aimed at children between the ages of three and seven years, the forest school will enable children to experience outdoor learning opportunities such as identifying nature, play-based learning, den building and forest art.
We work in one of the brightest, lightest and most colourful areas of the University, with the most enquiring minds. So, whether it is water play, finger painting or imaginative play, you’ll be at the heart of the nursery, helping to ignite and inspire young and developing minds.
During your apprenticeship and beyond, you’ll be supported by senior and experienced practitioners, who will help, guide and more importantly give you access to new experiences, so that you can really get the most out of putting theory into practice.
We are very proud of our nursery at the university, especially as the nursery team have ensured that we are rated as outstanding by Ofsted, ensuring that our little people are in the safest of hands.


Staffordshire University


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by University Of Derby


Apprenticeships Team 0800 0740099

  • Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through Buxton & Leek College.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2022