You will be supporting children ranging from 3 months to 5 years old by providing a wide and varied range of activities on an individual and group basis. Ensuring routines are followed and policies and procedures are adhered to at all times, provide a high standard of health and hygiene etc.

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Closing date: 18 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage can vary in accordance to age.

    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

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Ensuring routines are being followed and run smoothly
  • Ensuring that all policies and procedures are being followed
  • Being an excellent role model to the other staff in your room
  • Understanding all policies and procedures of the nursery and being able to answer relevant questions from parents/carers/outside agencies (i.e., OFSTED)
  • Welcoming all children and parents to the nursery and helping them settle (irrespective of their rooms)
  • To provide a wide and varied range of activities for the children individually and as a group appropriate to their needs and developmental stage
  • Laying out and setting up the nursery and storing away equipment appropriately
  • Explaining activities to children and providing help if necessary
  • To encourage the children with their language development and positive verbal response
  • To organise creative activities and displays for the walls and help display the children’s work
  • Maintain a clean and tidy nursery and garden area and ensure books, toys and equipment are clean and in good order
  • Provide a high standard of health and hygiene
  • Change nappies and encourage children with toilet training and personal hygiene
  • Help children at mealtimes and then tidy and clear away afterwards- keep the children clean
  • Act as a key person for a group of children as allocated by the management team, ensuring attachment theories are respected
  • Have a sound knowledge of all the children in the setting and an excellent knowledge of your key children
  • Filling in all the appropriate record keeping for your key child and ensure they are continually up to date
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings
  • Inform the management team of any concerns regarding the children, parents or other staff

The training you will be getting

Working towards completing Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard. Work based learning with ad hoc workshops at Hertford Regional College.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There will be opportunities for progression and a permanent position subject to performance.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-D (9-3)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-D (9-3)) Essential

About the employer

We provide places for 50 + children and are located in the lovely conservation area of London Colney with its traditional village sense of community. The nursery itself is a carefully converted 200-year-old cottage, where the layout reflects and retains its warm homely atmosphere. We’re lucky enough to be within walking distance of the River Colne where our own Little Nightingales have great fun feeding the ducks at the same time as learning about, interacting with and experiencing nature. Willows Farm is a close neighbour and there are frequent visits for the children to learn about the animals. There’s rarely a dull moment at Little Nightingales, which means you take home a cheerful child, stimulated daily by new sights and sounds and eager to return the next day. We warmly welcome children from 3 months to 5 years and by offering a range of different sessions and providing an all-inclusive package, we aim to make your life simpler by eliminating many of the day-to-day childcare stresses and concerns.








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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


The Apprenticeship Team


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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