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We are looking for someone who has a passion for working with children and their families to help them achieve their full potential. In this role you will provide high quality care and learning experiences, liaising with a variety of customers.

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Closing date: 01 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    You will work 30 hours per week over 39 weeks per year. Yearly salary of pay: £6700.50 plus 5.67 weeks of holiday pay as holidays are taking during the non-term time.

  • Working week

    Nunsmoor Site - 9.00am - 3.30pm. Dolphin Street Site - 9.00am - 4.15am (Shift pattern) 30 minute lunch. Working hours to be confirmed upon appointment. Holidays to be taken during school holidays.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Work within the key person system and be committed to working in partnership with parents
  • To provide activities for children ensuring that learning is inspirational, of high quality and is responsive to children’s needs
  • To be committed to delivering child centred care
  • To actively support the Safeguarding of all children, including the monitoring of basic needs such as food, warmth and affection, ensuring that any concerns are reported swiftly to managers
  • To assist all staff to deliver positive, supportive and appropriate care to children and parents
  • To complete up to date, accurate records as required by Footsteps Children’s Services Ltd and Ofsted
  • Work as a member of the team, by using developing theoretical knowledge as well as actively seeking advice and support to ensure that nursery routines and tasks are carried out effectively
  • To work in a reliable and professional manner at all times and to work as a productive and efficient member of the team, be prepared to help where needed including undertaking some domestic duties such as preparation of snack and cleaning of equipment and the environment
  • To work within Footsteps Children’s Services Ltd policies and procedures and legislative guidelines relevant to practice
  • To actively challenge (where appropriate) or report to managers any inappropriate behaviour displayed by children, parents, colleagues or visitors in a sensitive and professional manner
  • To be aware of the profile and core values of Footsteps Children’s Services Ltd and demonstrate said values in all areas of performance
  • To be involved in out of working hours activities such as training, monthly staff meetings, fundraising events
  • Footsteps Children’s Services exists to respond to the needs of individuals, therefore it is expected that all staff will work in a flexible manner when required, undertaking relevant duties that have not been specifically covered in the job description

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

  • You will work towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification with Gateshead College
  • First Aid training

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Permanent position on successful completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Patience, Hardworking, Caring, Compassionate


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

Things to consider

*You must be aged 18+ - Given the nature of the work and complexities of the families we serve we require all staff supporting these families to be 18 and above. We are unable to determine competency and responsibility for under 18s at the recruitment stage. * You will work across 2 different sites.

About the employer

Footsteps Children’s Services Ltd is a registered Charity operating in the North East of England, we deliver high quality childcare through nurseries, crèche, playgroups and out of school provision. We are also active in our local communities and provide support to families using our services. Footsteps began as a single nursery site in Westgate Baptist Church in 2004 and was opened as part of the neighbourhood nurseries initiative, since that time we have had the pleasure of watching our small provision evolve and grow in to five different services within Newcastle and Northumberland.




38 Dolphin Street

Newcastle Upon Tyne


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Training provider



Emily Jefferson

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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