Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Care with Cuddles

An excellent opportunity is available for an Early Years Apprentice to join Care with Cuddles Nursery. You support the existing team to plan and provide a programme of activities for children from babies to 4 years’ old and support childcare practitioners and senior staff in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the nursery.

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Closing date: 04 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary can be negotiated dependant on the candidates age/previous experience.

    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, working hours will vary between 7.30 am and 6.00 pm. 28 days holiday

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To assist with and provide safe, high quality care and play based education for young children whilst meeting the individual needs of every child attending the setting.
  • To show initiative when assisting with the daily routine and daily activities and to have the ability to observe children’s next steps in learning and plan for this appropriately.
  • To be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance.
  • To provide the highest standard of care to all children in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.
  • To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session.
  • To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met.
  • To work in partnership with parents ensuring continuity of care for their children.
  • To communicate verbally on a daily basis with parents with regard to their child’s welfare and development.
  • To communicate effectively to the Nursery Manager/Deputy over any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard.

Training will be delivered in the workplace.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate, a full time position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade 4-9 (A*-C) or equivalent) Essential

About the employer

Care with Cuddles Nursery are located in Greenside near Ryton. Established in 2014 they have recently moved to this new location to accommodate the growing number of new children. The nursery is a spacious setting having taken over and refurbished an old inn in greenside. The nursery offers flexible childcare throughout the year to all age ranges The setting opens Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm, Operates 48 weeks of the year, closing for one week over the Easter and Christmas holidays, as well as two weeks during the summer holidays. The setting provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children.


Care with Cuddles


Lead Road



NE40 4BS

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


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Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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