Early years practitioner Apprentice Happy Feet Childcare

Happy Feet are looking for a childcare assistant apprentice to support children aged 5 months-10 years. The role includes planning age-appropriate activities for the children, delivering those planned activities and observing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress of each child.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The yearly payment might be a bit different as the setting is open 47 to 48 weeks a year not 52 weeks.

    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 working hours will be between 7.50am-6pm.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children
  • To liaise with parents/guardians of the children as requested by the employer
  • Planning age-appropriate activities for the children
  • Delivering those planned activities
  • Observing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress of each child and reviewing, maintaining and updating records
  • Work with the employer to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children at all times, whilst at the setting, in transit and at other places
  • Ensure that all visitors to the employer’s setting are duly authorised by the employer and sign the visitors’ book upon entry
  • Soothe and comfort any injured children in line with the employer’s policies and procedures and administer first aid/medical care to the extent authorised by the employer in line with parental/guardian consent and the childminding assistant’s qualifications and experience
  • Adhere to employer's policies and procedures
  • To provide parents/guardians with information about the children
  • To be in sole charge of the children at the setting, including in emergency situations, taking responsibility for ensuring compliance with appropriate Ofsted requirements at those times
  • Keep the setting clean and tidy

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

Full in-house training provided towards the successful completion of the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths (if required).

You will also study a range of topics, including introducing the role of the early years practitioner, legislation, framework and professional practice, play, development and learning for school and professional development.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A potential full-time (minimum 30 hours) position upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Anti-discriminatory practice, Punctual, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Desired

Things to consider

Wage will increase depending on qualification and experience. The successful applicant will need a DBS certificate before starting the apprenticeship. Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage. Only candidates who have fully completed the application will be considered. Please be aware that the closing date is subject to change without prior notice.

About the employer

Happy Feet Childcare is a home-based childcare in Kempston, Bedfordshire. They provide a friendly learning environment for children from 0 - 10 years old. They have a grade OUTSTANDING from OFSTED and are run by a small team that are constantly going through training to update their knowledge with the latest methods and legislation. They are very flexible to each child’s individual needs and extremely inclusive. Happy Feet Childcare regularly take their children to visit the local toddler groups and childminding groups. Children in their care are given the opportunity to choose activities to encourage play to aid development in all areas. The company's overall aim is to ensure the children in their care to feel at home, have fun and learn at their own pace.


Happy Feet Childcare





MK42 8PS




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Training provider



Courtney Bishop


01604 230371

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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