Early Years Practitioner Apprentice Level 2 PONTELAND ACADEMY TRUST

An exciting opportunity to join an experienced and dedicated team of childcare professionals who will support you in gaining a qualification in childcare. Part of your job role will be create and maintain a safe, stimulating learning environment that supports children in their play and overall development.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 – Friday Shifts between 7:00am am and 6:00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Job Description:

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as an Early Years apprentice. In this role, you will work closely with the EYFS lead and staff team to provide high-quality care and education for children aged 2 years and above. Your primary responsibility will be to complete the Level 2 childcare qualification and contribute to the smooth functioning of our Early Years Setting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain a safe, stimulating learning environment that supports children in their play and overall development.
  • Assist teaching staff in the preparation and organisation of teaching resources.
  • Collaborate with staff members to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for children aged 2 to 4 years.
  • Support children's personal, social, and emotional well-being, including assisting with personal hygiene routines.
  • Provide additional support to children during lunchtime activities.
  • Adhere to the school's policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with relevant guidelines and regulations.
  • Work closely with teaching staff to implement effective teaching strategies and ensure positive learning outcomes for children.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Genuine care and concern for young children, with a passion for their well-being and development.
  • Ability to quickly develop competence in understanding child development principles and apply them effectively.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, enabling you to collaborate with colleagues and parents/guardians.
  • Strong organisational skills to assist in maintaining a well-structured learning environment.
  • Willingness to pursue a Level 2 childcare qualification to enhance your professional knowledge and skills.

By joining our team as an Early Years apprentice, you will play a crucial role in fostering a nurturing and stimulating environment for young children. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to their growth and development while gaining valuable experience in the field of early childhood education.

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

Full Early Years Practitioner Level 2 qualification.

English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway.

All training to be delivered at the employer’s premises

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We are dedicated to providing our employees with comprehensive training to ensure their skills are of the highest level. As part of our commitment, you will have the opportunity to participate in various training programs such as first aid and safeguarding. These training courses will equip you with valuable knowledge and skills to excel in your role.

To support you further in your studies, we will assign a mentor who is a senior member of our team with extensive experience. Your mentor will be there to provide guidance and assistance as you progress in your educational journey.

At Ponteland Academy Trust, the safety and well-being of our children and families are of utmost importance. Therefore, as part of the application process, you will be required to complete an advanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is to ensure that we maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.

We are excited to welcome you to our team and provide you with the necessary support and opportunities to thrive in your chosen field.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT 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 English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential

Things to consider

Shift work is required. Monday – Friday 7am-6pm. Some occasional work is required on an evening such as training events or staff meetings.

About the employer

A nursery for children aged 2 - 4 years. Located in Ponteland We Offer full time provision with the potential for additional holiday clubs and playgroup places.







NE20 9EY

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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