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Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Acorn Day Nursery

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is passionate about supporting children to learn. Our staff are all highly qualified, passionate, and have many years of experience in childcare and development between them. We continue to increase our knowledge regularly always interested ourselves in finding new methods and ways of learning.

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Closing date: 06 Jun 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

    Rota to cover Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    16 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

There will be a requirement to attend training 1 day a week on a rolling two-week timetable in Taunton or Dillington House in Ilminster.  

You will be required to:

  • Ensure that all children attending the setting are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • Assist with the care and supervision of the children with regard to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs
  • Play a part in their education, health and wellbeing and be able to build and maintain close working relationships with parents and colleagues

We are looking for someone that has a warm, smiling face that makes every child feel special.

  • Ideally you should be able to read stories upside down.
  • Must be willing to provide a stimulating early year’s education and support the next generation to learn and develop… whilst having lots of fun!
  • You must be prepared to have a lot of fun in the workplace. Laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working days.
  • Must not be afraid to dance in the rain, make mud pies, build sandcastles in the snow and explore the local environment.
  • Possessing the skills required to rapidly count the heads of numerous moving small people is of the utmost importance.

Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special and important to many young children and their families.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The ability to support and encourage children within the Nursery environment is essential.
  • Empathy and understanding of children under five.
  • The desire and capability to be an outstanding nursery assistant
  • An understanding of child development
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills with children, staff and parents.
  • Ability to write reports and keep clear and accurate records.
  • Excellent organisational skills

Personal qualities

  • To have a patient and caring nature
  • To be approachable, friendly and be able to communicate well and in a respectful manner to work as part of a team.
  • To have a keen willingness to learn,
  • Reliable and flexible
  • Strong passion and enthusiasm for children’s learning and development

Desired qualifications

To have 5 GCSE’s A*-C or 9-4 to include Maths and English or suitable alternatives

Future prospects

Successful completion of the apprenticeship can lead to progression onto the Early Years educator and may lead to employment.

Things to consider

  • Apprenticeship offers are subject to two references
  • Transport to and from Employer and Training venues
  • You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check performed by the employer.

About the employer

Acorn nursery offers a happy, exciting and challenging environment to enable children to start their early years education through combined adult-led, child initiated and free-play activities. Children are provided with good quality educational recourses and play opportunities appropriate to their age, needs and individual stages of learning and development. From the moment you step through our secure entrance into the nursery you will be transported to a fun-filled, colourful and warm environment tailored to all children’s needs. We also have an outside play area and garden which gives us secure access to a lane from which we take regular outings

Our nursery is a happy place for both children and adults alike, with lots of fun activities taking place throughout the day!


Acorn Day Nursery


Wessex Park Unit 25

Somerton Business Park, Bancombe Road


TA11 6SB

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Somerset Centre For Integrated Learning


SCIL +443001231967

Apprenticeship in Early Years to include...

  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner.
  • Functional Skills English and Maths if requried. 

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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