Are you looking to train in childcare? Friendly pre-school in Bitterne Park, Southampton is looking for a person who will work up to a Level 2 Early Years Apprentice to join the team. Work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities.

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Closing date: 07 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Please note, the role is Term time only (39 weeks per year) and is paid pro-rata

  • Working week

    37.5 Hours paid per week. Monday to Friday. Shifts to be confirmed (Term time only).

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Creating warm, friendly, and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally
  • Under supervision you will provide all aspects of care for children 
  • Acting as key worker to a small group of children and recording observations and planning for them
  • Assisting with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Being aware of the pre-school policies and procedures and ensure they are adhered to
  • Completing all work to desired timescales as set by Showcase Tutor

The training you will be getting

  • NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification
  • Functional skills in maths and English if required
  • Training completed via work-based visits at the nursery and 3.75 hours study time provided for coursework

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Once completing your Level 2 Apprenticeship you may be offered the opportunity to progress onto a Level 3 or a full-time position and further training

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

Please check that you can travel to this employer on a daily basis before applying. If you have any queries regarding the role, please contact James on 07715 658042 NB- If the candidate already holds a L2 Early Years qualification already or sufficient experience, the L3 Standard is available on a 18 month basis

About the employer

We are a community pre-school in Bitterne Park and are managed by a voluntary parent management committee. We are funded by Southampton City Council and operate on a not-for-profit basis, with all funding used to provide the best possible pre-school education and care for the children registered with us. We have close links to local primary schools, especially relating to transition in the summer, sharing knowledge about children’s learning needs, and provision of inclusive care. However, we are independent from them and a place at Riverside does not guarantee a place at school. The admissions process is independently operated by Southampton City Council. We are Ofsted Compulsory and Voluntary Registered. This means we comply with Ofsted’s regulations and standards as set out in the “Requirements for Childcare Register”. We were inspected in September 2022 and were awarded Outstanding. Copies of our inspection reports are available on request and via the Ofsted website.







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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


James Sproat


+1 07715658042

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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