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Pre-School Level 3 Apprentice OLVESTON PRE-SCHOOL

We are looking for a Pre-School Assistant to support with the Early Years education of our children. You will be responsible for providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for our children aged 2-5 years old and to work as part of a team in order to provide a supportive and creative environment.

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Closing date: 16 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Under 18: £4.81 per hour (until April 2023) Age 18 – 20: £6.83 per hour (until April 2023) Age 21 – 22: £9.18 per hour (until April 2023) Age 23 and over: £9.50 per hour (until April 2023)

    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 – Friday 08:30 – 15:30 7 hours a day / 35 hours a week Term time only – 38 weeks a year Attend college 1 day per week at our South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Filton Campus

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will build and maintain strong working relationships with staff and have great communication skills. You will be expected to work with parents and carers to ensure fluid communication and to ensure children’s needs are met.

Briefly, the main duties are:

  • Ensure that all children have a varied and full exploration of the EYFS, so that all their needs are fully met
  • Keep records of key children’s developments and learning journeys and share with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life
  • Support all staff and engage with staff team
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers to facilitate day to day caring and early learning needs
  • Ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories
  • Advise Manager/Leader of any concerns, e.g., over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary
  • Be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g., training, staff meetings etc.
  • Be flexible within working practices of the provision, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, such as domestic tasks, preparation of snacks/meals, cleansing of equipment etc.

Olveston and Pilning Pre-Schools believe that every child is unique. Our aim is to provide the highest standard of Pre-School education – to learn; to have fun; to grow.

We have two sites – one purpose-built in Olveston and one in Pilning village hall – and are really excited to expand our team with a new Pre-School Apprentice, who will mainly be based at our Olveston site on the Olveston/Tockington border.

We are a super friendly, warm and welcoming team who benefit from an annual staff bonus scheme, bi-annual subsidised staff socials and other rewards. We offer free parking and subsidised childcare.

As well as providing excellent care and tailored, creative Early Years provision for the children in our care, you will be expected to play a key role in our team, being open to new opportunities, training and development.

About the Role:

  • To contribute to a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of the children
  • To record children’s learning and development journeys, and to then communicate these with parents, carers and other key adults
  • To be actively engage in great team working
  • To liaise with and support parents, carers and other family members
  • To participate in the high-quality care and supervision of all children
  • To attend activities that are out of working hours (e.g. staff meetings, training, and events etc.)
  • To be flexible and to be prepared to help where needed (including domestic jobs e.g. cleaning and preparing the setting etc.)
  • To follow the ethos of the Pre-School, creating a warm and friendly environment
  • To work alongside the Manager and staff team
  • To ensure that the EYFS is promoted efficiently and that all policies are followed correctly
  • To read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role as deemed appropriate by the Pre-School Manager


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

Level 3 Early Years Educator standard.

Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Please refer to the DfE list of approved EYE qualifications:

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.

Apprentices must successfully complete a paediatric first aid qualification in line with the requirements of the EYFS Framework (Annex A): Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (

You will be required to complete Functional Skills mathematics and English (where applicable), Employment Rights and Responsibilities and British Values.

Apprentices must successfully complete a first aid qualification in line with the requirements of the EYFS Framework.

Location: South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus.

Duration: 18-24 months.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As with any apprenticeship opportunity – if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team there is a strong chance of a permanent post within the business. We would love to find a candidate who can progress their career with us.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent GCSE Maths and English (Grade GCSE's A*-C or 4-9) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Level 2 Early Years Practitioner (Grade Pass or above) Desired

Things to consider

About you? Desired skills: • Patience; with children, parents and colleagues • Communication skills with the ability to communicate on a variety of levels • Competent and independent • Positive attitude and approach to comprehensive practice, with children and colleagues • Reliable and a ‘can do’ attitude Personal qualities: • Interest in the care, learning and development of children • Positive regard for children • Lots of physical energy • Fun and bubbly personality • Enthusiastic personality

About the employer

Olveston and Pilning Pre-Schools are rural Pre-Schools in the villages of Olveston and Pilning, north of Bristol in South Gloucestershire. We provide Early Years provision for local children aged 2-5 years. Our aim is to provide your child with the highest standard of pre-school education - to learn; to have fun; to grow. Our approach is to promote learning through play, encouraging social, personal and emotional development. We welcome children from all areas between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Our team of highly qualified and caring staff have many years of experience in Early Years education. Olveston Pre-School is a purpose-built facility with plenty of indoor and outdoor space and our Pilning site is held in the village hall with a secure garden. We offer Forest School and Football as extra activities, as well as plenty of outdoor play at both our sites. Free-choice activities are always available alongside structured exercises. We are a happy, warm and friendly team. Our Olveston site has been providing Pre-School education for decades and we opened our Pilning site in January 2020 which, following the pandemic, is going from strength to strength. We work closely with our local primary schools and are established in our local area, with a waiting list operating for our Olveston site.







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Training provider



Amy Archer


Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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