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Early Years Nursery Nurse Apprentice Chuckle Bunnies

We have a fantastic opportunity for an individual to join an experienced and friendly team looking after children from birth to 5 years within our supportive nursery setting.

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Closing date: 14 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 7.45pm – 6.00pm must be available to work. The working week will include your blended remote training through SMB College Group – delivered once a week)

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?


1. To contribute to the creation of a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all children and learn how to do this

2. To carry out the policies, procedures and ethos of the setting, to promote positive values and attitudes, ensuring these are being carried out throughout the setting.

3. To demonstrate and then ensure that they are responsible for the needs of all children in their designated room, following systems to ensure consistent, high-quality care.

4. To be vigilant and protect children from harm or abuse, reporting any concerns immediately – in accordance with safeguarding or whistle blowing policies.

5. To learn and then ensure that they can use resources effectively, maintaining ratios in their room.

6. To learn how to reflect on their practice and routines, tailoring them to meet the individual needs of each child throughout the day for their key children.

7. To learn how to plan and ensure that there is a provision of a stimulating range of developmentally appropriate activities and ensuring their room is well-resourced and creatively set-up.

8. To learn how to and then carry out observations and the assessment of children’s learning and development, ensuring records are kept up-to-date, are of a high standard and are shared effectively – includes Individual Education Plans for children with Special Educational Needs.

Educational Needs

9. To develop genuine bonds with their key children and support their team’s key person system responsibilities, when this skill has been learnt.

10. To work in partnership with all parents/carer’s, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication and involvement in nursery life whist remaining professional at all times and maintaining confidentiality. Having a mentor to show them what this looks like in practice before they are left to do this on a one to one with families and children.

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

 Early Years Educator Level 3:

  • In house training by Early Years Tutors. (Blended weekly remote delivery)
  • On-the-job training
  • Off-the-job training
  • Functional skills if necessary (preferred candidate would already have Maths and English Level 2/ GCSE Grade 4 or higher)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

·         To secure a permanent position within the setting.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Enthusiastic, Friendly, Honest, Reliable, Motivated


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

This is an application to study an apprenticeship with the SMB Group (Stephenson Brooksby Melton College). Before being considered for a formal interview with the employer, you will be required to apply and be assessed and have an initial interview by the college. Blended remote weekly sessions delivered by TEAMS. No college campus attendance required.

About the employer

Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool (Swadlincote) is located in a large detached Victorian house, set in its own extensive grounds, which children access on a daily basis. The nursery, which has been established for 17 years, has received an “Outstanding” grade from Ofsted three times in succession. The successful candidate will be working in a very supportive environment, with a significant amount of on the job training and guidance. Additional holidays are awarded according to length of service. Free on-site car parking


Chuckle Bunnies




DE11 8LG

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Training provider




Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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