Level 2 Childcare apprenticeship Chiltern Training- Little Echos

You will work full time at your nursery setting as a nursery assistant, gaining your practical experience. This will involve a range of activities from arts and crafts to singing and outdoor play. You will then attend college once a month.

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Closing date: 02 Apr 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

    Mon-Fri between 8am-6pm, includes 1 hour unpaid lunch.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 May 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties will include:

·         Maintain accurate and effective children’s records

·         Respond appropriately to issues requiring confidentiality

·         Support, promote and implement policies relating to diversity                and equality

·         Work well as part of a team

·         Work with the team to ensure the smooth running of the nursery            day

·         Work in partnership with parents

·         Attend parent events and meetings as required

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

Training location to be confirmed 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Learners can use this qualification to go into various care roles. You can progress onto the advanced apprenticeship and work your way up in the nursery going into team leading and management roles. You could also use your experience to go into teaching, nursing, midwifery, play work and social work. There are many directions you can go with your apprenticeship should you wish.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Desired

Things to consider

Childcare is not about playing with babies all day. There will be a variety of activities to plan and deliver each day. You may have key children that you look after and will have to communicate with staff, children, managers and parents at the nursery. There will be a lot of cleaning to do and you may have to work long hours, although this will vary with each employer. It is hard work but it is very rewarding.

About the employer

Rocking Horse Nursery Established in 1992 and based in the unique setting of Newbury Racecourse, we have extensive experience in nurturing the early development of children and in August 2015, we moved to a brand new, purpose-built nursery. Our vision is to provide the highest possible quality of care for the children who are entrusted to us. We have planned the building meticulously with experts to create a bespoke nursery designed to meet the modern demands of childhood.


Chiltern Training- Little Echos


Rocking Horse Nursery

Newbury Racecourse


RG14 7NZ

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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


Nichola Noakes


0118 95 66 99 5

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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