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Early Years Educator Apprentice WESSEX LEARNING TRUST

We are looking for an Apprentice EYFS Educator to support the Class Teacher and qualified EYFS team in our Nursery and Pre-school. If you are looking for an apprenticeship to develop your skills in working with children, then working at Cheddar First Preschool could be a new and exciting opportunity.

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Closing date: 06 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Shift days and times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Daily duties:

  • Support in the planning, monitoring and evaluating effective and differentiated curriculum opportunities, including home learning, with support and guidance from the Class Teacher and Phase Leader.
  • Support the Class Teacher and Phase Leader in the assessment, recording and reporting on children’s development, progress and attainment, helping inform the Class Teacher in setting clear targets, which build on children’s interests and prior attainment.
  • Using professional knowledge and expertise, help support in identifying early developers/ able pupils and those with additional educational needs, working with parents and other professionals to give positive and targeted support where needed.
  • Develop ongoing positive relationships with parents and meet them formally a minimum of twice per year to share targets and review progress, with direction and support from the Class Teacher and Phase Leader.
  • Work effectively with the Class Teacher, Phase Leader, other Support staff, and other adults, including volunteers, deploying them where appropriate.
  • Support the teaching team to ensure high standards of behaviour and share the corporate responsibility for the well-being and discipline of all pupils, in line with school policy.
  • Support in the planning of opportunities to contribute to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural development.
  • Help to maintain a well-organised, safe and enabling learning environment and provide a high standard of display both in the learning zones and around the school, under direction from the Class Teacher, Phase Leader and Headteacher.
  • Be a professional and positive role model in terms of personal presentation, timekeeping and behaviour.
  • Attend to Health and Safety and Safeguarding at all times.
  • Have regard to Equal Opportunities and Inclusion at all times.
  • Establish effective professional relationships within the School, the Wessex Learning Trust, community, Local Authority and with other agencies where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for your own professional development, keeping up to date with current research and development.
  • Undertake in a share of playground duties and rota duties for school activities.
  • Contribute to the broader life of the school in order to support the development of the school and pupils within it and support the development of Cheddar First School as a school at the heart of the community and promote the school in the local community. 
  • Attend and contribute to high quality professional development and staff meetings as requested by the Headteacher.

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

  • Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Functional skills in maths and English - if applicable and depending on your prior attainments and being able to provide evidence of these.
  • 1-day college attendance.
  • Observations to be completed in the workplace to assess competence.
  • End point assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential for a full-time job offer, however this is not guaranteed.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

The applicant must also have a Level 2 Early Years qualification or some work experience in this sector.

About the employer

Cheddar First Preschool is well-established having been running for over 20 years and has been rated as Good by Ofsted. A team of experienced and well-qualified staff build excellent relationships with our key children and their families, resulting in children feeling happy and secure and parents feeling confident and reassured. They are proud members of both Cheddar First School and the Wessex Learning Trust. Located in the grounds of Cheddar First School, our Preschool provides a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for all children aged 6mths-4 years old. We offer a secure and stimulating play-based environment within a purpose-built building where we can create learning environments for the different ages of children in three different rooms suitable for their ages of development – Chicks (6mths- 2yrs), Fledglings (2–3-year-olds) and Early birds (3–4-year-olds). The children have the opportunity to play in both inside and outside areas and also have direct access to the forest school area and the school fields. All children attending our Preschool have an on-line learning journal where photos and observations are recorded, and we encourage parents to contribute to this profile to build up a full picture of each unique child and their development. As part of Cheddar First School, they work very closely with the reception class teachers and Early Years Lead. This enables the children to become familiar with the adults in school and to ensure a smooth and seamless transition when they begin their reception year.




Cheddar First Pre-School



BS27 3HN

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Training provider



Sharna Brinkley

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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