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Apprentice Early Years Practitioner - Farmoor Willow Cottage

An exciting opportunity to learn while working in a nursery setting and to achieve a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner standard in Childcare at the end of your apprenticeship. Willow Cottage has now been successfully providing apprenticeships for a number of years. We believe in developing our staff to become childcare professionals. Farmoor site

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £240.00 - £300.00

  • Working week

    40 hours per week between the hours of 0730 and 1800 Monday to Friday. Apprentices under the age of 18 are only able to work 8 hours per day. There is a half hour lunchbreak which is unpaid.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    16 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Working as a part of the nursery team you will learn from more experienced colleagues whilst providing care for the children at the setting and supporting their development. 

Main duties include:

  • Help with the daily routine and care of the children in your assigned department and across the setting as a whole.
  • Interact with the children to support the children’s learning and development in an age/stage appropriate way.
  • Prepare resources under the guidance of colleagues.
  • Set-up activities both inside and outside under the direction of colleagues.
  • Undertake daily housekeeping jobs as required.
  • Fill out daily paperwork as required under the direction of colleagues.

You will have an Assessor and Training Co-ordinator from the college who will visit you regularly at the workplace to support your training and development and monitor progress. You do not need to attend any sessions at college for Early Years tuition as this will all be provided at visits to your workplace, but you may need to attend maths and English study sessions at college depending on your previous qualification level.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Flexible and adaptable so that you can adjust to the different rooms and children.
  • Able to observe practitioners and work in a collaborative and helpful manner to support the practitioners.
  • To have the ability to put into practice the routines you have observed and to incorporate your studies in your work with the children.

Personal qualities

  • Friendly and willing to learn.
  • Co-operative and willing to take a full and active part in all duties including cleaning and housekeeping.
  • A natural curiosity about how children learn.
  • Resilient and able to overcome challenges.
  • Open and willing to share concerns and questions.

Desired qualifications

  • It is preferable that candidates have achieved at least 4 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including GCSE English, Maths and (preferably ICT) at Grade 4/C or above.

Future prospects

Potential for permanent employment or further Level 3 apprenticeship study for the right applicant on successful completetion of this apprenticeship. 

As you near the end of your apprenticeship, your manager will discuss what is required of a Level 3 Early Years Educator apprentice and, if you both agree that you can meet the criteria, we will arrange for either a period of working as an Early Years Practitioner Level 2 to put your training into practice or arrange for the start of the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early.

Getting to the nursery setting: There is no public transport provision to this location nor is there a footpath. Please check whether you can get to work and get back home again.

Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session: Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to complete an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included and ask questions. As a new Apprenticeship applicant, you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session, please call us on 01235 216216.

Qualification checks By applying for this vacancy, you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible.

Safer Recruitment: As you will be working with children, we will carry-out an Enhanced DBS check. We will also require two satisfactory references from either employers or teachers at a college/school you have attended. The referee cannot be anyone to whom you are related or a friend of the family. An interview will be carried-out prior to a job offer being made and a confirmed job offer will only be made after satisfactory references and a clear DBS certificate are received.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

About the employer

Willow Cottage was established over 30 years ago as a family business and, in that time, has developed three nursery settings: one at Eynsham, another at Farmoor and most recently one at Bletchingdon. Willow Cottage Nurseries offer parents and carers the highest quality childcare and a preschool education of excellence. Parents and carers can leave their child with confidence, knowing that they are in a happy, safe, and loving extended family environment. Our nursery practitioners and their team work in close partnership with parents and carers to support their child’s happiness and developmental  and educational needs and so provide the best possible outcomes for their future.


Willow Cottage


Cumnor Road




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Abingdon & Witney College


Rachel Thomas 01235 216216

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional the Early Years Workforce.


  • 13 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model: 

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year from the college
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 20% of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner
  • Level 2 Award in Emergency Pediatric First Aid

End Point Assessment: 

  • Knowledge test
  • Professional discussion

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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