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Early Years Apprentice ARK UK PROGRAMS

Ark Start is at an exciting time in its evolution. We opened two nurseries in South London last year and aim to expand over the coming years. We are looking for someone with a genuine passion for young children and with the skill, creativity, commitment and energy to deliver excellent provision at Ark Start.

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Closing date: 15 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary going up to £18,574.88 in Y2 (and £21,605.51 on qualification)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - Shifts to be confirmed at interview

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children in their care
  • To ensure all children are safeguarded and their welfare and safety is promoted
  • To provide an enabling environment in which all children can play, learn and develop
  • To have the skill, creativity, commitment, energy and enthusiasm required for leading room practice

Main duties:

  • To promote the aims and objectives of the nursery
  • To promote the high standards of the nursery at all times to parents, staff and visitors
  • To follow the nursery safeguarding procedure to ensure all children are kept safe, well and secure
  • To ensure the provision of high standards of physical and emotional care
  • To work with families and parents / carers
  • Undertake required domestic jobs within the nursery as required
  • Participate fully in team meetings and training
  • Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures within the nursery
  • Ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained
  • Washing and changing children when required
  • Ensure mealtimes are pleasant social experience and feed back to parents on any issues
  • Ensure poorly children are tended to and parents informed immediately
  • To provide cover when required
  • To undertake any other duties as determined by the management.

We are committed to providing the best development for all our staff. We close the nurseries for five days each year to focus on staff training and ensure there is protected time for training and supervision each week for every adult. We work hard to ensure there are clear career progression routes.

Staff wellbeing is important to us. We know that working in a nursery can be challenging and work hard to ensure staff have the support, opportunities and infrastructure they need.

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

  • You will work towards completing a Level 3 Early years educator qualification which includes First Aid. 
  • All training will be delivered remotely by LMP Education, the employer will give you time out of your working week to focus on your qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The right candidate may be offered a full time role after completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 4-9 (A*-C, Level 2)) Essential

Things to consider

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays. • 11% pension contribution • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career as part of the wider Ark family, including a variety of training sessions and experiences designed to meet your needs. We also include five paid training days per year. • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans of up to £5,000 available for season tickets or a bicycle and gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym

About the employer

Our dedicated team work together to ensure that every child has a joyful, engaging and secure nursery experience and leaves us ready to start school happily and confi-dently. We are driven by our values in everything we do: Aim High, Be Brave, Be Kind and Keep Learning.




92C St. John's Hill


SW11 1SH

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Training provider



Emily Archer

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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