Childcare/Early Years Educator Apprentice Level 3 MERRYVALE DAY NURSERY LTD

To help and support key workers in their role and support children's activities and hygiene practices whilst following nursery policies and procedures. This nursery is part of a group of 6 nurseries across the West Midlands.

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Closing date: 16 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    The Nursery is open Monday to Friday from 07:15 am to 6:00 pm. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be:

  • Observing children
  • Planning activities
  • Responsible for their health and well-being and attending to their every need
  • Provide outstanding standard of care and learning
  • Support their personal, social and emotional development
  • Ensure children have exciting learning opportunities and challenging interactions
  • Communicate effectively with parents
  • Keep records detailing planning and evidence of progress
  • Safeguard and look after welfare of children, you will have key children

The training you will be getting

Early Years Educator Level 3 Standard Apprenticeship Qualification.

Training will be provided on an ongoing daily basis and when required. You will not be required to attend Dudley College premises as the course is delivered in the workplace only. An assessor will be allocated to you to progress / help you through you course. Continual assessments, coupled with assignments / or exams depending on course of study. Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week.

At the end of your training, you will sit an exam and submit course work as part of your assessment, and you will receive a Level 3 qualification.

English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway. The requirements are detailed in the current version of the apprenticeship funding rules.

You will join a well-established team of practitioners, who will help to provide quality coaching and mentoring to achieve all of the requirements needed to achieve your qualification. 

Your training will include a Paediatric First Aid qualification.

You will receive additional training all paid for by the nursery; on the Job, Noodle Now, in-house training and external training.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent role at this setting or within the group.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Enthusiastic, Caring, Ambitious, Strong work ethic, Bubbly personality


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade D/3 or above) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Early Years/Childcare (Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction) Essential

Things to consider

An enhanced DBS check will be required prior to start date. Would you get to work on time, these are early and late shifts!

About the employer

Merryvale is part of a group of Nurseries (QCE Nurseries). We provide our children with a high-quality education, within a safe and happy environment, where they leave us as kind and confident children. We look for passionate people, who will benefit from exceptional training and mentoring. You will be supported through every step of your career. We pride ourselves on prioritising the well-being of staff. Merryvale Nursery has been providing childcare and education to children in the Halesowen area since 1992, the setting was acquired in 2016 by QCE Nurseries The setting is based over two floors with 4 dedicated rooms for the children to explore, learn and develop, we cater for 50 children aged between 3 months and 5 years of age. Each room provides the children with learning experiences to further extend their development, in an environment which is enriching and enabling. The setting has a large outdoor space which provides the children with the opportunity to explore and develop skills, in an environment which is stimulating and accessed all year round.






B62 9RL

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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


Julie Perks

01384 363314

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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