This is a fantastic opportunity to work/train in an Outstanding and award-winning nursery. You will train directly under the guidance of Jane Smalley, author, lecturer and consultant and her team, learning more about the Reggio Emilia approach and best childcare philosophies. This is an incredible opportunity to grow in a highly reputable setting.

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Closing date: 26 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Please be aware that from April the National Apprenticeship Wage increases to £5.28 per hour.

  • Working week

    Tuesday - Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm with a half hour paid lunch break. Monday is your College day release, for which you will be paid 6 hours.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Apprentice will be trained in the education and care of children from birth to four years of age.

This will include learning:

  • How to care for the hygiene needs of children
  • How to create a healthy and hygienic environment for children
  • How to manage resources for babies
  • How to manage resources for toddlers
  • How to feed a baby
  • How to support a toddler to feed themselves
  • How to create inspiring activities and resources to provoke exploration, learning and preschool development

In addition to this the apprentice will learn valuable skills such as:

  • How to manage the strong emotions of a baby or toddler
  • How to use reciprocity and containment to support the strong emotions of children
  • How to carry out high quality observations of children’s behaviour and writing this up in a clear and concise manner
  • How to use the information from observations to assess the stage of development and plan exciting next steps for children within the preschool curriculum guidelines, and lesson/task planning
  • How to create beautiful wall displays through art work, examples of creations, educational resources

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

Working towards the skills, knolwledge and behaviours of the Level 3 Early Years Educator:

  • Early years educator / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification
  • You will also be required to undertake the Paediatric first aid qualification as part of this Apprenticeship standard

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • We would look to offer a full time position on completion of the apprenticeship and review of performance

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 or C and above) Essential

About the employer

Shrewsbury Prepatoria is an Outstanding nursery providing an exceptional educational experience for children from birth to five years. Our unique approach to education is inspired by the wonderful work of Reggio Emilia putting children first in all we do. Our approach is so successful that 92% of children are exceeding expectations right across the nursery. Following the Reggio approach, we have three beautiful settings for children of different ages. Our Infant and Toddler setting provides bespoke resources for children from birth to three years of age and our wonderful, separate Foundation Unit boasts forest school activities and access to an outdoor Art Studio. Our third building is a small independent school. This means that our apprentices have an opportunity to work and train under really well qualified and experience teachers and practitioners and have an opportunity to see children transitioning from nursery to Reception and beyond! As employers we care about our team, understanding that the role they play in the lives of our children is incredibly important. Therefore, we ensure that our team are rewarded for their work and effort. All staff are paid for their break, and we provide paid time for practitioners away from the children, to complete planning, administrative duties and room organisation. We provide in house and on the job training for all staff with three paid Professional Development days each year.







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Training provider



Jules Rhodes


Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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