Poplars Nursery School are keen to recruit a friendly nursery apprentice. Work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities. If you are keen to pursue a career in the childcare sector this is the perfect opportunity for you.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    - Up to 4 weeks paid holiday per annum - 8 public/bank holidays paid per annum - Bonus Scheme

    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

    Shifts to be agreed around the nursery opening hours: Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 6.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Job Description:

  • Understand and carry out efficiently, routine tasks in the nursery
  • Develop positive relationships with children, parents and staff
  • Develop a basic understanding of child development
  • Understand and implement nursery policies
  • Help to provide a clean, safe and stimulating environment
  • Attend staff meetings regularly and offer input
  • Learn to plan a wide range of suitable activities for children aged six weeks to eight years as required (full training given)
  • Write good quality observations in each age group (training given)
    learn to maintain some records of children’s development (personal profiles)
  • Collect well written evidence for your portfolio
  • Ensure witness statements are collated from staff for evidence portfolio

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner -  (
  • Functional Skills up to Level 2 in maths & English if not exempt
  • Please note that the apprenticeship standards require the apprentice to sit an End Point Assessment - please refer to above link for more information

This apprenticeship is all delivered in the workplace, there is no day release at college weekly. Instead you will be given minimum 6 hours per week off the job training during your paid working hours to complete the apprenticeship work set by your Assessor.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship or progression onto a level 3 qualification

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English/ Maths (Grade A*-D/ 9-3) Essential

Things to consider

Although we ask a question at the end on how you will travel to work. Please note that there is no requirement to have a driving licence and access to your own vehicle.

About the employer

The Poplars Nursery School was established in 1993 by Suzanne Sladen. Poplars Blossoms Nursery and Pre-School is an extension to this and opened in 2006. At the Poplars they are dedicated to providing support in a team environment and assessing all of the team’s training needs. They are an equal opportunities employer in that they believe everyone is an individual and should have the opportunities to succeed and develop personally and professionally.




Portland Court




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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


Nottingham College


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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