Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship (WYC) HUNGRY CATERPILLAR DAY NURSERIES LTD

As an Early Years Level 3 Apprentice, you will gain experience, earn a salary and achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification. Duties include working alongside the team as an educator but with support and the opportunity to plan, implement & supervise child initiated & adult led activities following the development needs & interests of each child.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    First 12 months £16,000 pa, based on 40 hours over 52 weeks. Once Qualified pay scales from £23,920K to £25,688K yearly. (Based on 2023 rates)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 6.00pm around the current shift system. One evening per month for Staff Meeting. Five paid training days per year.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will work alongside the team as a practitioner but with support
  • You will have the opportunity to plan, implement & supervise child initiated & adult led activities following the development needs & interests of each child
  • You will be involved in the daily routine care of the children as well as key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe, their development needs are met, and their progress is shared with parents
  • You will be assigned a tutor who will set your work and support your through your qualification
  • You will have a nursery-based mentor who will be on hand to support you with your work and offer day to day guidance.

The training you will be getting

  • At the end of your training, you will achieve a full and relevant Early Years Educator Level 3
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Your training will be delivered by our training partners
  • You will work all year round 40hrs per week and have (20% off the job) to complete course work, visit other settings, attend training or do online training etc.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

After you complete your qualification you can:

  • Progress within Hungry Caterpillars and take on more responsibility/progress into more senior roles (room leader/deputy manager/manager)
  • Take on a full key worker role and support a group of children.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Have empathy for others, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/4) Essential

Things to consider

As an apprentice you will be involved in every aspect of nursery life. You will be working both inside the nursery and in the garden with the children, at all times of the year and in all weather. You will need to be committed, reliable and able to work the required hours and study with the end goal of a qualfication.

About the employer

Hungry Caterpillars opened in January 1999 in answer to Olivia Foley, the founders, own childcare needs and the inability to find high-quality childcare in the local area. Developing an excellent local reputation, the group has since expanded across West London into Ealing, Buckinghamshire & Harrow. Hungry Caterpillars remains a family-run business that responds and develops services to meet the needs of families that it serves.




Anglepoint House

Marlow Hill

High Wycombe

HP11 1TJ


Angela Fisher


01895 543184

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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

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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