Apprentice Early Years Practitioner UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

An 'Outstanding' nursery on the University of Warwick campus seeks to employ an early years apprentice to work across all areas of the nursery gaining valuable experience from their highly qualified and experienced team. Providing care and education to children aged between 3 months and 5 years.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    L2 Apprentices that stay on to progress onto L3 will receive £17,766 in year 2 if under 23 of age. If 23 or over they will automatically move to the NMW rate for 23s and over of £10.42ph or £19,777pa.

  • Working week

    The nursery is open Monday – Friday, between 8.15am and 5.45pm (5.15pm on Friday) including time spent off the job training. You will be expected to work shift patterns as directed by the management team.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • The apprentice, while undertaking their professional training, will also provide support to the Early Years Practitioners to provide for the welfare, learning and development of the children
  • Working as part of the nursery team, the apprentice will be committed to providing care and education to the children aged between 3 months and 5 years and demonstrate a professional approach towards the children, parents, and colleagues
  • Implement policies and procedures of the nursery to ensure the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework are met
  • Take shared responsibility for safeguarding the children, including reporting any concerns you may have about a child to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Take shared responsibility for standards of safety, hygiene, security, cleanliness and tidiness throughout the nursery setting. Including sleep areas, nappy changing areas and food preparation
  • Assist and participate with the experiences planned by the staff team for the children including the setting up and clearing away of equipment and materials e.g. making paints, washing paints, cleaning tables and clearing floors, as well as extra curriculam activities such as forest school and dance class

5.       Support the children at lunchtime, snack time and tea-times, including sitting at the tables to encourage good eating habits and clean up afterwards.

6.       Liaise with and support parents and other family members.

7.       Attend training sessions necessary for continuing Professional Development and staff meeting outside working hours.

8.       To provide a cover role across the nursery in the absence of any member of staff.

9.       Any other duties as required by the University Nursery.

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

  • Full on-the-job training to be provided
  • The successful candidate will be mentored and supervised by a fully qualified member of staff. Will work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Early Years
  • Apprentices will attend Chamber Training one day per week to work towards knowledge sessions and Functional Skills in English and maths (if required)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Upon successful completion of a level 2 qualification you will then be offered a further contract to complete the level 3 qualification

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Willingness, Determination, Caring, Compassionate


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

Things to consider

A genuine interest in working with babies and young children, The ability to work as part of a team. A commitment to working in an environment that encourages equality of opportunity. Willingness and determination to fully participate in training sessions. A willingness and determination to complete all college assignments and assessments on time and to a good standard.

About the employer

The University Nursery, located in the Lakeside Village area of central campus, is a purpose-built nursery for 78 children. Open all year round, except for bank holidays and the Christmas period, we offer full day care to the children of members of staff and students who work on campus. The nursery employs 36 Early Years Practitioners and support staff. The nursery is open Monday – Friday, between 8.15 and 5.45 (5.15 on Friday). Your working week will be 36.5 hours, including time spent off the job training. When working in the nursery you will be expected to work shift patterns as directed by the management team. You will also have 30 days paid annual leave as well as the 8 bank holidays. Judged as outstanding in our last three Ofsted inspections.




Gibbet Hill Road


West Midlands


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Training provider



Sophie Florance


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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