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Level 2 - Nursery Assistant Apprentice - Early Years Chandlings Prep School

To work with and support the EYFS staff at Chandlings Prep School to promote the highest standards of teaching, learning and pastoral care. You'll be keen to develop your early years skills in a well-resourced and supportive environment with co-operative and highly-motivated staff and children. An excellent start to your childcare career!

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Closing date: 09 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £13,000K pa depending on age/experience and this would increase on successful completion of the training. This is the full salary for the TTO hours worked (Not Pro Rata)

  • Working week

    Working pattern: core hours 7.45am - 4.15pm, with 2 days starting at 7.45am until 5.30pm and one day 7.30am – 4.15pm Term Time Only with 17 weeks off per year included

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    19 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To work with and support the EYFS staff at Chandlings Prep School to promote the highest standards of teaching, learning and pastoral care
  • To foster interest and enthusiasm for learning amongst the children as well as encouraging a general spirit of intellectual enquiry 
  • Arrive at 7.45am to help set up an inspiring and engaging learning environment promoting interest and curiosity
  • To become fully aware of and to implement the School’s policy on Health and Safety and Safeguarding
  • To learn to know the children in EYFS 
  • To assist in promotion of the development and progress in the social, academic and co-curricular spheres of all the children in your care
  • To assist with co-curricular clubs where necessary
  • To attend Parents’ Evenings and Open Days
  • To attend a weekly 7.30am meeting
  • To work until 5.30pm two days each week
  • To attend meetings, curriculum sessions, INSET days and other such meetings as may be necessary for Nursery teaching, pastoral or other duties
  • To work in cooperation with colleagues to promote the high standards of behaviour and concern for others
  • To liaise with colleagues over all matters relating to children’s progress and wellbeing as appropriate
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with children, staff and parents 
  • To be aware of the need for professional development

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

Qualifications Included:

  • Qualifications included: 
    Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths (if required) at Abingdon or Witney campus
    Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner delivered in the workplace by assessor/tutor  

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Permanent position for the right candidate will be offered after successful completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, A love of the outdoors, professional presentation


GCSE or equivalent min 4 subjects including English and maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)) Desired

Things to consider

Please note the early starts - you may wish to consider how you will get to work as there are few buses which don't stop near to the school. 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. Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session: Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend 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 a forum for your 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.

About the employer

Chandlings is a Prep School for children aged from 2-11. The Nursery is very much part of the whole school, the children use the school grounds of 63 acres on a daily basis. The Nursery children visit the horses and pigmy goats that are on site. They also swim in the school pool and use the library and many other facilities around the school. We are a thriving nursery with staff who are dedicated to the care of our youngest children at Chandlings.


Chandlings Prep School


Bagley Wood




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Training provider



01235 216 216

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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