Playworker Practitioner Apprentice LITTLE BIRD'S NEST LIMITED

This vacancy is aimed at those with a keen interest in working towards a Level 3 qualification in childcare. You will be working with children and delivering age appropriate activities. You will also follow the EYFS and undertake regular observations and assessments to inform the next steps in the child’s learning and development write a progress report and communicate this with parents/carers

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Closing date: 28 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday: 8:30am - 1pm Tuesday: 8:30am - 3pm Wednesday: 8:30am - 1pm Friday: 8:30am - 12pm

    Total hours per week: 19

  • Expected duration

    19 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To work as part of the team, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all the children and parents/carers.
  • Be aware of and adhere to all policies and procedures within the setting
  • To act as a key person to a group of children, establish relationships with both child and parents/carers.
  • Plan and prepare activities to meet the needs and interests of individual children
  • To manage children’s behaviour positively
  • Maintain a clean, safe environment for the children and regularly assess the toys and equipment for damage/hazards
  • Attend mandatory training courses (in-house and external) to update knowledge on child care issues relevant to the role, eg. Safeguarding, first aid
  • Attend and participate in half termly staff meetings and regular parents’ evenings, open mornings and other community events
  • Participant in personal development supervisions / annual appraisal led by the settings manager
  • Bring any issues relating to the care and education of the children to the attention of the manager or LSO
  • Supervise mealtimes and the preparation of healthy snack times
  • To discuss at mealtimes / snack time about healthy eating and the effects it has to our bodies
  • Maintain high professional standards at all times and act as a role model for students
  • Take part in daily set up and pack away, cleaning duties, singing sessions, answering the phone, daily risk assessments, and administrations
  • Administer first aid when necessary
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times

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

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills English and maths if required
  • First Aid Training

The Childcare Company is an Ofsted ‘Grade 2 Good’ established leading National training provider delivering high quality apprenticeships in partnership with childcare employers to support the development and growth of our workforce.

The Childcare Company is dedicated that each apprentice has the best possible learning journey, by providing training that develops the apprentice’s workplace skills, knowledge and personal development (behaviours) that will have a positive impact on them, in their workplace and in the wider society and most importantly sets a solid foundation to progress in their chosen career path.

Training is delivered through blended learning. Supported by one our sector specialist tutors the tutor will deliver teaching sessions using a variety of methods including; face to face, Skype, virtual classroom, face time and telephone and additionally provide support and motivation. Working in partnership with the employer, apprentices will be provided with ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training during their paid working hours.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Opportunity to have a full time position once qualified

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4/Pass) Desired

Things to consider

This is a term time position

About the employer

My name is Clare Harding and I own and manage Little Bird's Nest. It is a term time setting for children aged 2 to 5 years old, located in the heart of Wilmslow. I took over the setting in 2021, however I have worked in early years since 1997. I embarked on the pathway of an apprenticeship and gained my qualification myself, and then gained my degree some years later.




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Training provider



Caitlin Genge

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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