Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Level 2 - Richmond Outdoor Owls

Are you passionate about childcare and the great outdoors? Outdoor Owls are looking for a motivated apprentice to provide care to children and support their learning development and wellbeing, whilst completing their Early Years Level 2 Apprenticeship. Lots of great benefits, bonus structure, and teambuilding days.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    5.50 per hour.

  • Working week

    4 days a week 7.50am - 5.45pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a great opportunity for someone with a serious passion for outdoor learning (and not afraid to get their hands dirty!) to join the team at its early stage. You will be working alongside expert and experienced outdoor educators within a modern management setting.

Duties will include:

  • Caring for children
  • Preparing and maintaining environments to meet children's needs
  • Supporting children's play and learning, Facilitating children’s learning, development and wellbeing
    (Using our mobile app to record and administer child logbooks
  • Supporting children's development - (Involvement in planning learning days and coming up with ideas for new activities and experiences)
  • Adhering to all safeguarding practices as well as following our health and safety routines
  • Preparing snacks and help with their feeding and cleaning
  • Providing care to children (emotional, hygiene and preparing food)
  • Building great parent rapport


  • At Outdoor Owls you will be given a competitive salary and opportunities for bonuses
  • Bonuses - you will be eligible for family satisfaction and Ofsted bonuses
  • Learning & Development - we’ll fund you to achieve a Level 2
  • Childcare qualification and other qualifications to help you continuously develop. We have forest school training opportunities too along with X3 owlsome team INSET training days each year
  • Sick Days - X2 fully paid sick days
  • Holidays - You work 4 days per weeks which equates to 22.5 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays) and you will have up to 50 weekdays in a year which you will be off. Everyone receives an extra +0.5 days for Xmas eve. Upon 2 years of owlsome service you will receive an extra holiday, along with a further day for 3 years and an additional for 4 years
  • Childcare discount
  • Refer a family - we’ll give you a cash bonus for each new family
  • Refer a teammate bonus - you’ll receive up to £400 for helping us find great new teammates
  • Clothing - you’ll receive a number of outdoor accessories including boots from us, along with an all-weather suit and a cosy hoodie
  • Fresh fruit & Coffee - daily, along with some other treats
  • Headspace Access & Counselling service - for you to use whenever you may need
  • Socials - as well as some great parties we regularly go bowling, to the cinema, go climbing, try new food.. all kinds of fun hangouts which you can choose

This is an innovative and ambitious nursery project - be part of an exciting movement and make positive change!

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

Your full role and responsibilities will be set out by your employer. Outdoor Owls will provide you with all of the on-the-job training you need to up-skill in your role, and your 20% off-the-job learning will be incorporated as part of your working day.

You will be working towards the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Qualification
  • Functional skills in maths and English if required

This will be delivered through Outdoor Owl's dedicated training provider, Realise.

Realise is an established training provider that’s enjoying an exciting period of growth following a management buyout and rebrand in late 2020.

We’ve invested heavily in our people and culture, and we want to grow our teams by finding people who share our passion and enthusiasm for creating a better future.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Full-time position available on completion of the apprentice course

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Located 5-10 minutes from Richmond Station. DBS completed by employer.

About the employer

Outdoor Owls is on a mission to provide “owlstanding” early years education outdoors for children aged 2-5 years. We believe nature provides many fun and hands-on experiences to enable healthy, happy and flourishing children. Our aim is to prepare children not just for school, but for life. We opened our first Richmond setting in January 2020 and have ambitious plans for further settings.


Outdoor Owls


Richmond & Putney Unitarians Church, Ormond Road


TW10 6TH

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2023