Early Years Practitioner Apprentice FLYING START LIMITED

Flying Start is a small nursery based in Fowlmere, near Royston and is looking for someone to join our friendly and supportive team. If you are an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a real energy for developing young minds, and working with the team to provide activities for the children.

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Closing date: 02 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    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 shifts within 8.00am to 6.00pm to be agreed at interview ( possible part time can be discussed too) With one day college release

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?


  • To be responsible for any tasks delegated by the Manager or Deputy 
  • To provide safe, high-quality education and care for pre-school children 
  • To oversee and direct children’s learning journeys, academically, emotionally and physically in an environment in which the Montessori approach to education is implemented for all the children in pre-school 
  • To ensure that the philosophy and ethos as laid down in the settings charter is always adhered to 
  • To fulfil legal and statutory requirements and to ensure that all statutory, legal and set obligations are followed and met in the absence of the Pre-school Manager 
  • To lead and manage staff and ensure the safety and well-being of the staff in the absence of the Pre-school manager 
  • To act as a positive role model for the children and staff with regards to friendliness, care, language and courtesy 
  • To ensure that a daily risk assessment is carried out, for both the classroom and outside areas, before the start of each working day and the arrival of the children 

Key Areas of Responsibility 

  • To both prepare and oversee the preparation of the Montessori environment and curriculum materials in which the furnishings and equipment are complete and correspond to the needs of the children 
  • To prepare and assist with the planning and implementation of projects, topics, planning of the curriculum and its implementation
  • To have responsibility for the care and maintenance of the classroom, including the materials, thus maintaining a clean and orderly environment, and encouraging the children to be brought into this responsibility
  • To carry out lessons and to provide learning opportunities using Montessori equipment and other learning materials for individuals or small groups of children
  • To ensure records are properly maintained and updated, e.g., daily attendance register, accident and incident book, risk assessments, etc
  • To ensure that the preschool is a safe environment for children, staff and others, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, safety procedures are always implemented, and fire drills regularly practised
  • To ensure that the welfare and safety of children is promoted within the setting and that any child protection concerns are always appropriately acted upon immediately
  • To be responsible for the safety and physical well-being of children at all times, ensuring children are not left unattended at any time, and to report any serious accidents at once to the Pre-school Manager or the Pre-school Director
  • In the absence of the Pre-school Manager, to be the decision maker on sending children home, in the event of illnesses or accidents
  • To liaise with parents/carers, informing them about the pre-school and its curriculum, exchanging information about a child’s progress and encouraging parental involvement
  • To maintain staff and parent relationships, to ensure the parent’s/carers' trust in leaving children in pre-school care 
  • To prepare and oversee the end of year reports for your key children moving on to primary school
  • To contribute to and to assist in implementing all pre-school policies and procedures, e.g., register and signing out procedures, child protection, health & safety, confidentiality, etc, as listed in the policy folder
  • To liaise with the Pre-school Director, Ofsted services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented

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

  • You will achieve a level 2 Early Years Practitioner via a work mentor and Cambridge Regional College weekly day release and college assessor

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • To become a qualified practitioner
  • After experience, leadership positions and further training is possible

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3 or D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3 or D) Essential

Things to consider

The role is active and requires lots of on the spot thinking and energy- it is great fun and the children are lovely to teach!

About the employer

Flying Start is a small (22 place) nursery based in Fowlmere, near Royston A very small privately run nursery which prioritises making a home like environment for the children and a fun atmosphere to work in.




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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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