Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprentice CHERRYWOOD COMMUNITY CHILDCARE LTD

We are currently seeking people who are passionate about childcare to join our team of staff as our Deputy Manager. Our staff are essential to the smooth running of our nurseries and are valued members of the team; you will build relationships with children and parents and be involved fully in nursery life.

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Closing date: 28 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    01 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Room Lead
  • Acting as designated key person for an allocated number of children.
  • Ensure all company policies and procedures are correctly followed in the nursery and adhered to at all times.
  • To assist in improving and maintaining the high standards in the nursery by leading from the front at all times.
  • Developing positive partnership with parents.
  • Leading, developing and managing your room staff to ensure the best outcomes for children.
  • Responsible for the nursery in the absence of the manager
  • To assist with the planning and organisation of staffing schedules and holiday rotas to ensure adequate staffing levels are maintained in accordance with Ofsted and nursery procedures.
  • All aspects of the daily running of the nursery

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

Throughout the first seven months of the programme, the focus will be on building a strong foundation in key areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, communication, and promoting the health and well-being of children. The practitioner will also learn about attachment, transitions, and physical care. During months eight to thirteen, the focus shifts towards developing leadership skills and understanding child development, pedagogy, curriculum, and play-based learning. In months fourteen to twenty-four, the practitioner will learn about creating an inclusive environment, working in partnership with other professionals, and further developing their reflection skills. This period also includes a review and finalization of a mock case study, as well as undertaking the Gateway and End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete the programme.

Early years lead practitioner
Level 5 (Higher national diploma)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once the apprenticeship has been completed then the next step would be to develop into a nursery manager role

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent Early Years Educator (Grade Pass) Essential

About the employer

Cherrywood Community Preschool is a warm and nurturing early years education setting. We provide a supportive and inclusive environment for children aged 2-5 years old, promoting their overall development and preparing them for primary school. Our dedicated team of educators combines play-based learning with an emphasis on social skills, creativity, and early literacy and numeracy skills.






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Apprenticeship standard

Early years lead practitioner

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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