Nursery Practitioner Level 3 Apprentice HAPPY DAYS NURSERY RAYLEIGH LIMITED

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career in childcare within a supportive nursery with highly qualified staff to support you every step of the way. Ideally, you will be a caring and supportive practitioner with a passion for childcare and will gain extensive knowledge and experience whilst also undertaking your studies as required.

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Closing date: 01 Jan 2024

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

    Minimum 30 hours per week Monday to Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Supporting the nursery team in providing high standards of care and education to all children.
  • Contribute to creating a warm, welcoming and positive environment where children feel safe and confident and can become the best they can be.
  • To work with children aged between 2 years and 5 years, planning engaging activities and being proactive and flexible in the work you undertake.
  • To comply with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and our policies and procedures at all times.
  • To ensure the setting is clean, safe and well presented with age appropriate resources and activities.
  • To understand and implement our safeguarding and confidentiality policies.
  • To contribute to a supportive and effective team environment and attend team meetings and staff training.
  • You will be working in both the indoor environment but also spending large amounts of time supporting children’s learning and play outside.

The training you will be getting

  • This apprenticeship is work-based and therefore training will take place at the workplace.
  • The successful candidate will have gained a Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship after successful completion.
  • Functional Skills English and maths will also be completed if required.
  • Paediatric First Aid certification.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Permanent work within the nursery or you will be able to progress to the next level, undertaking further training.
  • We are committed to staff development and will this enable you to embark on a rewarding career ahead.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Literacy skills, Competent with ICT, Time keeping, Passion for Childcare, Adaptable to tasks, Reliable, Punctual


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade (A*-C or 9-4)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade (A*-C or 9-4)) Desired

Things to consider

A trial period will be need to be successfully completed prior to being enrolled as an apprentice. A valid DBS and two satisfactory references will be required.

About the employer

Our well-established nursery is located on Lubards Farm in Rayleigh which has on site parking and great transport links. It is a purpose-built nursery open 50 weeks of the year from 7:30am – 5:30pm daily. We take children from 9 months to 5 years old and have three rooms, the Ladybird, Caterpillar and Butterfly Room. We are fortunate to have a large outdoor space and each room has their own area to use to ensure children have access to the garden throughout all sessions. We provide a happy, safe, secure and stimulating environment in which learning is actively encouraged through play. We provide resources, activities and first-hand experiences which allow children to explore and persevere and to become creative, confident learners. We use real learning opportunities such as woodwork to promote creativity and risk taking. The nursery values its staff highly, with many long-standing team members and a family feel with staff wellbeing and development placed as top priority. Our website holds lots of information about our nursery and a great place to look to get a feel for what we have on offer.








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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


Elizabeth Richards


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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