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A fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in childcare or looking to progress from a Level 2 to a Level 3. We are advertising to fill a vacancy within the Mulberry Bush, for a Nursery Apprentice at either Level 2 or 3 depending on prior experience and qualifications.

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Closing date: 28 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 32

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    20 May 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Creating warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally
  • Under supervision you will provide all aspects of care for children including washing, changing and feeding
  • Acting as key worker to a small group of children and recording observations and planning for them
  • Assisting with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Being aware of the nurseries policies and procedures and ensure they are adhered to
  • Completing all work to desired timescales as set by Showcase Trainer

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 1 minimum (unless exempt)

If the candidate already holds a Level 2 in Childcare, the Level 3 Standard option is available (18 months).

Training completed via work based visits at the nursery and 4 hour study time provided for coursework

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

For all candidates (Level 2 or Level 3), there is the potential to be offered a full-time Nursery Practitioner position. Ability to progress within the company with time and experience

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Early Years (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Please check that you can travel to this employer on a daily basis before applying. If you have any queries regarding the role, please contact Andrew on 01329 848714. The successful Apprentice will also receive a free Bus Pass to/from work and vouchers for their birthday/Christmas!!

About the employer

2017 was a very exciting year for the Mulberry Bush as we started building our brand new, bespoke nursery setting in Bitterne Park! The new nursery will be open in spring of 2018 and will be a landmark building for the area providing full day care for children aged 3 months – 5 years throughout the year (51 weeks). The nursery offers a beautiful and rich environment for children. With spacious rooms full of natural light, bespoke sensory rooms for each age group and a stunning 500m2 garden.




Witts Hill


SO18 4QH

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Training provider



Andrew May


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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