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Apprentice Childcare Practitioner BUTTERCUPS PRE-SCHOOL

To support the development of our children, aged 2-4 towards the Early Years Foundation Stage whilst attending fully to their safety, care and wellbeing needs, to develop effective and supportive relationships with parents, carers, and colleagues. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

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Closing date: 20 Feb 2023

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

    Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8am to 4pm (30 mins meal break) Wednesday and Thursday 8am to 1pm (34 hours/week)

    Total hours per week: 34.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To contribute to the future promotion and development of the Group as part of a well-established, supportive, and progressive team.

Reporting to the Pre-School Leader and Deputy the Apprentice will form part of a small team which is dedicated to preparing our children for school in a caring, safe, and fun learning environment.

The Apprentice will work closely with other colleagues in delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Key responsibilities will be:

  • Assisting with the setting up and packing away of equipment, on a daily basis
  • Preparing learning resources and materials
  • Assisting colleagues with the preparation of snacks
  • Supporting colleagues in supervising snacks and mealtimes
  • With the support of colleagues delivering planned activities
  • Contributing to health and safety checks and risk assessments
  • Contribute to curriculum planning
  • Identify resources and activities to support weekly plans and children’s next steps

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

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Standard portfolio of evidence of:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Behaviours

The End Point Assessment (EPA) consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
  • Knowledge exam

Working towards Functional Skills English and maths at level 1 and 2 if required. This will be one day a week for 6 weeks for each subject with an exam at the end.

Paediatric first aid and safeguarding training.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is the possibility of employment as a Pre-School Assistant.

We would consider supporting the right candidate to achieve a Level 3 Childcare qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Produce clear written material, Strong observation skills, Develop supportive working, Caring and supportive, Calm and confident manner, Strict confidentiality needed


GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

Things to consider

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £5.28 per hour from 01 April 2023. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus off the job training. Candidates must be committed to ongoing training and development. This involves relevant training courses and workshops which may only be available in the evenings or at weekends. The successful applicant will be required to obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check

About the employer

Buttercups Pre-school provides childcare for children aged 2 to school age on a term time basis. We have a maximum of 18 children per session and are based in the lovely rural village of North Runcton in a former Victorian School house.







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Training provider



Sue Fuller


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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