Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship SIDEBYSIDE NURSERY LTD

We are looking for a fun-loving and dynamic team member who will promote and enhance the existing team. The Nursery Practitioner is a key member of the nursery team and is responsible for delivering high quality care and learning opportunities for children. You must already have a relevant level 2 or prior knowledge to be considered for this role.

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Closing date: 14 Apr 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 to Friday Between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Shifts TBA.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Your role will be to:

  • Promote positive relationships in the early years setting.
  • Promote the health, safety and well-being of the children.
  • Support the children’s development, learning and play. 
  • Be a key person, carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of teamwork.
  • To be a role model and be able to showcase high quality practice with regards to individual and group work with children. 
  • To take responsibility alongside the nursery management team for the safety, security and well-being of all children, staff and visitors at all times.
  • To support the management team in supporting the nursery to reach an ‘Outstanding’ grade with Ofsted.
  • Promote equality and diversity within the nursery, challenging any behaviour which does not support our Inclusive Practice and Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To be part of a team that provides a purposeful, stimulating environment that is rich in learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors. Activities should take into account children’s abilities, interests, language and cultural backgrounds.
  • To be flexible within working practise of the nursery and be prepared to help where needed including undertaking domestic jobs within the nursery e.g. preparation of snacks, cleaning on equipment, putting bins out etc.
  • To ensure that all children are treated as individuals and that we are supporting this through our approach to planning in line with the EYFS. 
  • To work in partnership to ensure standards are continuously being met in line with Ofsted requirements and the EYFS. 
  • To support the planning and implementation of activities with individual or groups of children, promoting effective teaching and learning.
  • Have a child-centred approach to the running of the service
    To ensure the health & safety of all staff, children and visitors by ensuring policies on security and safety are adhered to at all times. 
  • To work in partnership with parents and carers.
  • To provide objective and accurate feedback to parents and carers to support the child’s learning and next steps.
  • To work in partnership with other professionals (family support, speech therapists and SENCO etc.) to support the child’s learning and next steps.
  • Attend parent’s evenings and meetings as required.

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

The successful applicant will work towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship and will obtain a level 3 award, as well as an award in paediatric first aid.

You will also learn the various aspects of working as an Early Years Educator in this supportive but busy nursery.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This vacancy may lead to a permanent position for the successful applicant.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, kind, Role Model


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C) Essential
Other Early years Practitioner Level 2 (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates Applicants must have their Early Years Practitioner Level 2 or equivalent or relevant prior knowledge and experience.

About the employer

Side by Side is a multi-needs setting that will provide exceptional care for children with or without additional needs. We offer a unique and nurturing environment for children from birth to school age. We give children the opportunity to thrive in a setting that builds upon their individual qualities and expand on their development at every opportunity. The nursery specialises in supporting children with a range of needs, working with specially qualified staff that have extensive experience and training for special needs care. We provide the opportunity for intensive 1-1 sessions and unique group activities that excite and engage all ages and abilities.








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Training provider



Melanie Newman


Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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