Level 3 Apprentice Nursery Assistant - The Paddocks Somerset County Council

As a member of the Paddocks team you will work in partnership with staff, parents, carers and their children to provide high quality, inclusive, fully integrated childcare provision for children under five, whilst working towards achieving a qualification in Early Years Childcare.

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Closing date: 26 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This post is all year round.

    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. Hours worked will be on a rota basis to cover 8am - 6pm. Shifts TBD.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To have responsibility for a number of children (under supervision), working in partnership with families, ensuring that individual children’s childcare needs are met at all times.
  • Providing high quality childcare for under fives, which includes a wide range of activities and opportunities to enable children to achieve their full potential. 
  • To ensure you have knowledge of child protection and follow the policies and procedures in place. Ensure the children are safeguarded whilst they are within our care and any concerns are reported to the Nursery designated Lead.
  • Assist in provision of a warm caring environment for children and their families, accessible to all. To integrate children and parents with disabilities, sensitively and positively into the setting, promoting participation in a range of quality activities.
  • Liaise closely with all members of the staff team to ensure childcare provision links to the Early Years Foundation Stage, requiring knowledge and application of this.
  • To assist in the provision of a high quality play environment that adheres to OFSTED requirements through planning, effective room organisation and provision of Early Years Resources, to develop a high quality play environment both indoors and outdoors which meets each child’s individual needs, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Liaise with parents/carers to highlight the needs of their children and sharing developmental information on a regular basis with other professionals.
  • Daily supervision and care of a number of children. Taking care of children’s personal needs and encouraging self-help and social skills.
  • Setting up for meals, supervision of meals, clearing and cleaning away after meals.
  • To assist in ensuring the maintenance of adequate standards of cleanliness and hygiene for families and children attending the setting. The maintenance of prescribed standards and repair of equipment and premises.
  • To have an overall knowledge of and provide a service which values and respects the race, religion, language, culture and needs of all the children and families using the nursery.To accept responsibility for special projects or areas of work as directed by the manager.
  • To be aware and work within the Health and Safety framework, policies, procedures, guidelines and legislation to include fire drills.
  • To participate in regular supervisions and staff meetings.
  • To provide flexibility in covering and care at short notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  • To ensure confidentiality regarding all matters concerning the Paddocks Nursery.

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

  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Functional skills in maths & English (Level 2) (if required)
  • Apprentices must successfully complete a first aid qualification prior to End-Point Assessment.
  • End-Point Assessment - you will work towards achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours for the Early Years Educator Standard. This is achieved on completion of an externally assessed EPA.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Fully qualified and will be able to apply for a permanent nursery role if available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Patience


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

Things to consider

Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check performed by the employer. You will need to consider transport to and from the employer and training venue, particularly if you rely on public transport. The work involves some manual handling of people and equipment. Noise, some outdoor work and children’s personal hygiene requirements impact on the normal working environment.

About the employer

The Paddocks Nursery and Pre-School Nursery is based in Wiveliscombe, Taunton. They are part of Wiveliscombe Primary School which they have amazing links with especially when supporting children with their transition into reception. The nursery is a purpose built building, offering high quality care.


Somerset County Council


Croft Way




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Training provider



Jo Richards


01823 320910

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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