Early Years Apprentice PLAY ALOUD LTD

An apprenticeship opportunity in Early Years has arisen in Hertford. Come and work with a fabulous team and really amazing children in a play-based and nurturing early years childcare setting!

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Closing date: 28 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £5.50 per hour

  • Working week

    Alternating shifts, Monday to Friday 18 hours per week + 2x 8 hour shifts during holidays (Shift times TBC)

    Total hours per week: 18

  • Expected duration

    20 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Are you passionate about play? Would you love to work with children? We have a great opportunity to join our special team based in Birch Green in Hertford. Working 18 hours per week term time, plus two or more school holiday shifts of 8 hours, we will support you through your career and really care about you as an individual. This is a great free, paid training opportunity alongside a supportive team.

Typical duties will include:

  • Ensuring safeguarding practices are followed at all times
  • Supervising the children, keeping their wellbeing and health & safety in mind at all times
  • Putting on activities/tasks to keep the children entertained.

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

Over the course of approx. 20 months, you will study units such as health & safety in a childcare setting, holistic child development, safeguarding in a childcare setting, child development, communication with children, purposeful play and educational programmes, supporting children with special educational needs, collaborative working in early years childcare, wellbeing principles for children and at higher levels, child protection, data, supporting key life transitions and behaviour management (these modules may differ).

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, you will achieve a Level 2 qualification and a TQUK Diploma in Early Years.

We and our employer partners are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, so a DBS check will be required for this role. To make you aware, this position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’ must be declared, and you will be asked about these during the recruitment process.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Complete your apprenticeship with us, and there may be the possibility to go into a play leader role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

A full enhanced DBS will be carried out by Play Aloud at no cost to you.

About the employer

Play Aloud provides wrap around breakfast and after school provision for Cowper Primary School and holiday club, supporting the local community around Hertford. Play Aloud Cowper is one of four settings based in Hertfordshire.




Birch Green


SG14 2LR

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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