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Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship HUNGRY CATERPILLAR DAY NURSERIES LTD

This apprenticeship opportunity with Hungry Caterpillars will allow you to gain experience, earn a salary and achieve a recognised early years Level 2 qualification. There will be the opportunity to move onto your Level 3 qualification afterwards either straight away or with a break first.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    First 12 months of apprenticeship £12,500 After that National Minimum Wage Once Qualified payscales from £20K to £21K per annum (Level 2)

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday around the current shifts (7.30am to 4.30pm / 8.00am - 5.00pm / 8.30am - 5.30pm / 9.00am - 6.00pm). One evening per month for staff meeting. No weekends

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • You will work alongside the team as a practitioner but with support
  • You will have the opportunity to plan, implement & supervise child initiated & adult led activities following the development needs & interests of each child
  • You will be involved in the daily routine care of the children as well as key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe, their development needs are met, and their progress is shared with parents
  • You will attend college, on day release, one day per week and given support with your qualification
  • You will have a nursery based mentor who will be on hand to support you with your work and offer day to day guidance

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

  • Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Your training will be delivered by Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
  • You will work fulltime (32 hours per week) with one day release to attend college

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Progress within Hungry Caterpillars and take on more responsibility / progress into more senior roles (room leader / deputy manager / manager)
  • Take on a full key worker role and support a group of children

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Have empathy for others, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/4) Essential

Things to consider

As an apprentice you will be involved in every aspect of nursery life. You will be working both inside the nursery and in the garden with the children, at all times of the year and in all weather. You will need to be committed, reliable and able to work fulltime and study with the end goal of a qualification.

About the employer

Hungry Caterpillars opened in January 1999 in answer to Olivia Foley, the founders, own childcare needs and the inability to find high-quality childcare in the local area. Developing an excellent local reputation, the group has since expanded across West London into Ealing, Buckinghamshire & Harrow. Hungry Caterpillars remains a family-run business that responds and develops services to meet the needs of families that it serves.




Acton Park Children Centre

East Acton Lane


W3 7LJ


Paige D'Cruz


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Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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