Do you have a smile that makes each and every child feel special.You must be kind, gentle and be prepared to get down to a child's level and let them immerse you in their play. We need an inspiring individual who can use their initiative, understand individual child's needs and tune into their imagination.

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Closing date: 03 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm or 9am – 6pm (If under the age of 18) Monday – Friday 8am – 5.30pm or 8.30am – 6.00pm (If over the age of 18) One hour for lunch unpaid

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assist in maintaining and developing the safe, educational learning through play environment
  • Assist trained staff in planning and recording the activities offered to each child
  • Be aware of health and safety issues
  • Prepared to take on any relevant duties determined by the employer from time to time
  • Attend whole staff meetings where necessary and assist with events outside nursery as and when required
  • Be prepared to train in pediatric first aid, safeguarding children and basic food hygiene
  • You must be kind, gentle and be prepared to get down to a child's level and let them immerse you in their play

We need an inspiring individual who can use their initiative, understand individual child's needs and tune into their imagination.
Are you creative, proactive, and like to have fun whilst teaching children through play opportunities.  

  Be prepared to be questioned by the children in the nursery such as, what do you eat for lunch, where are you going, who is your friend, and do you live in the nursery?

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

  • You will achieve an Early Years Practitioner level 2 standard Apprenticeship via a work mentor and weekly college day release
  • English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

You will be able to apply for any vacancies at Sawston Nursery at the end of your apprenticeship. Alternatively, you will have a qualification to further develop your career within a childcare setting.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3 or D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3 or D) Essential

Things to consider

The role involves supporting children’s learning both indoors and outdoors during periods throughout the day.

About the employer

Sawston Nursery is only a few miles from Cambridge, is purpose-built with modern facilities for childcare and pre-school education. It is situated in a peaceful road, with off road parking. All children are entitled to high quality learning and teaching. This will give them the skills they need to prepare themselves well for the future. Sawston Nursery promote active learning within the nursery where every child has the opportunity to thrive. We talk to the children about their learning and follow their interests and fascinations to ensure their time with us is enjoyable. Children are able to build on the foundations of earlier concepts in their learning. The order in which a child learns is dependent on the child, their interests, broadening their possibilities, to gain more knowledge to develop and extend their skills further. We provide activities and experiences to enable children to develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them. We believe that every child can thrive with the right support. At Sawston Nursery we aim to ‘INSPIRE’ children through our tailor-made Curriculum which relates to all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.




Sawston Nursery

Tannery Road


CB22 3UW

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Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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