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Early Years Lead Practitioner L5 Apprentice THE LEARNING TREE CHILDCARE LTD

The Learning Tree are willing to invest their time and efforts into supporting 3 new apprentices with completing their Level 5 qualification. Daily tasks would be the same as an Early Years Educator but the existing room leaders and deputies, will move aside to allow the apprentices exposure to managed tasks.

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Closing date: 22 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary to be discussed during interview stages. Up to 25,000 per year.

  • Working week

    40 hours per week (shift times TBC). Working between 8am - 6pm. Across either 4 days or 5 days working week. Days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    26 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This position is ideal for a level 3 qualified practitioner who is looking to get their first exposure to management, with an award-winning Nursery!

Daily tasks would be the same as an Early Years Educator but the existing room leaders and deputies, will move aside to allow the apprentices exposure to managed tasks.

Taking on more of a lead role in the daily running's of the nursery. (With suitable support).

Interaction with infants aged 2, 3 and 4 years of age, and their parents at times, ensuring the highest standards of welfare and safety are a paramount part of the role. 

Working in the outdoors, in all weathers, as that is what our children love, including being active and assisting or leading in these activities. Maintaining a level of safety but also ensuring the activities are engaging, educational and fun for all.

Maintain a can-do, hands-on attitude throughout each and every day at the nursery, prioritising the children and be able to adapt to changing situations. 

Working efficiently, in a busy environment, alongside an experienced team.

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

The apprenticeship details:

You will receive support from both the employer (The Learning tree) and the training provider (LMP Education), to ensure you achieve your Level 5 Early Years Lead practitioner qualification. 

All coursework and assignments are submitted online, through a platform called Smart assessor. You will have regular monthly reviews with your line manager and allocated tutor, to ensure you're on track.

You will receive the best support on the job, through a highly experienced team of staff at The Learning Tree, they will ensure you have full DBS, safeguarding knowledge and other CPD / training courses can be discussed should you wish.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The Learning Tree are willing to invest their time and efforts into supporting apprentices with completing their Level 5 qualification, and should it work well they would look to offer a full-time permanent position upon completion of the apprenticeship.  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Child care, safeguarding


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent Early Years Educator (Grade Level 3 / A- Level or Equiv) Essential

Things to consider

The apprenticeship duration is approx. 26 months, so please ensure you are willing to fully commit to this length of time. Please check you are able to commute to the location in Isleworth everyday. DBS check may be required before starting the position. x3 positions available. Full time role (This is not a term time only role).

About the employer

The Learning Tree Childcare is a high quality ‘Outstanding’ rated setting with an excellent reputation in the area and highly regarded. The setting operates from 8-6pm for 51 weeks of the year and closed on all weekends and bank holidays. We have a team of passionate and driven people focused entirely on providing the best for our children. For our part you will be welcomed into the Learning Tree family, which includes many highly experienced and qualified staff. You will be paid an excellent salary, commensurate with being one of the best practitioners around. You will gain the benefit of being amongst a driven team who are continuously looking at their own professional development. We are leaders in outdoor play and learning. We have received Awards and recognition for Physical Literacy, Forest School, Healthy Setting and identified as early language experts through the Lets Talk Together program. We are also about to complete our Award for SchemaPlay. We want to offer further Forest school training to more staff. The setting is ambitious for its children and team. We need people to build on our professional, inspirational and driven environment for all. We are incorporating our community work into the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals.







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Training provider



Poppy Drury

Apprenticeship standard

Early years lead practitioner

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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