Early Years Apprentice WESSEX LEARNING TRUST

We are looking for an Apprentice EYFS Educator to support the Class Teacher and qualified EYFS team in our Preschool. Our Pre-School Class Teacher will need a proactive, supportive and calm Apprentice. We are seeking someone who will be kind, helpful and are able to help our children explore the learning environment and learn new skills.

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Closing date: 30 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

    Mon- Fri (term time only) 8.30am to 3.30pm daily

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As part of the Wessex Learning Trust, you will experience an excellent standard of professional development and benefit from shared practice across our WLT Preschools and First Schools

  • To ensure that each child’s needs are recognised and met.
  • To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support & stimulation
  • To assist with the keeping of children’s records of achievements.
  • To greet all children, their families, carers, and to offer reassurance to new families and support them in
    settling in
  • To always maintain a friendly yet professional relationship/approach with families/carers
  • To complete required documentation/paperwork & forms
  • To promote a stimulating, enabling & challenging environment for all children
  • To help set-up the room for the daily programme and/or help tidy away at the end of the day
  • To ensure that the nursery environment (within all communal areas and in children’s rooms) are kept, and
    maintained, to a high standard of hygiene with regular sanitising and sterilising
  • To advise the EYFS Lead of any concerns about children, parents, carers, other Staff, nursery environment, or
    the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  • To maintain confidentiality regarding any information regarding children, their families, carers or other Staff
    which is learned as part of the job inside or outside of the workplace
  • To assist in promoting and developing multi-cultural awareness and anti-racist/sexist practice within the
  • To follow all Nursery Policies & Procedures at all times
  • To attend staff & planning meetings as required
  • To attend in-service training courses & meetings as required
  • To have respect for each other at all times
  • To ensure that all College/Distant Learning is completed according to any set deadlines

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

  • You will work towards completing a Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Paediatric First Aid included
  • All training will be delivered remotely by LMP Education, the employer will give you time out of your working week to focus on your qualification

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The right candidate may be offered a full-time role after completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

About the employer

Cheddar First School and Preschool is a friendly and inclusive setting where we respect individuality and every child is at the heart. Cheddar First School takes children aged between four and nine years old. The children are divided into ten classes in this successful village school. We also welcome children from six months to four in our on-site Preschool, and these are divided into three specialised areas: Earlybirds Room (3-4 year olds) and Fledglings (2 year olds) and Chicks (6 months - 2 year olds). We feel privileged to work with young, enthusiastic learners and want to make their time with us as exciting and productive as possible. Working together with parents, we hope to help all children build upon their individual strengths and develop their personal skills, whatever their starting points. We aim to be a school where people feel welcome and valued and where children can develop the confidence and independence necessary for personal success. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teaching and non-teaching staff who work with governors and parents to provide all children with a broad, stimulating and relevant education within a calm and purposeful learning environment. We are fortunate in having a purpose built school with a wide range of facilities, such as a library and Nurture room. We have a wonderful outdoor environment including a ‘Forest school’ area, pond and garden areas as well as a large field. These outdoor spaces are used for a wide variety of learning experiences for all age groups. The playground has a range of equipment to promote positive play and physical and creative challenges for all of the children. Cheddar First Preschool is located in the school grounds and shares our wealth of facilities. Foundation stage staff work closely with them and other local nurseries to ensure our youngest learners have a smooth transition into school. Cheddar First School is part of The Wessex Learning Trust. As part of The Trust, schools across The Cheddar Valley can now collaborate closely to extend and enrich the learning experiences and achievements of pupils within our local schools. Cheddar First School also enjoys links with many other local community groups, who are all helping to enrich the range of activities and experiences the children have here. Children have taken part in community events such as singing at the Cheddar Festive Night, singing for residents at Court House Residential Home, and taking part in services at St Andrew’s Church. Members of the local churches visit regularly to lead assemblies. We also have an active school council who arrange regular tea parties for older members of our community and organise a whole school collection for our local foodbank at Christmas time. Many individuals also support the school with activities such as gardening and sewing and we are very grateful for their support.




Cheddar First School



BS27 3HN

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Training provider



Poppy Drury


Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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