Early Years Educator Apprenticeship - Shannon Childcare SHANNON CHILDCARE LTD

To work as a member of the nursery team, showing initiative and creativity to foster an environment which encourages the children’s all-round development and where high standards of care and safety are provided. You will observe each child’s progress and report on achievements looking for progression and continuity.

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Closing date: 18 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The hourly wage is £5.28. This will increase to the NMW for your age after the first year.

    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

    Monday to Friday (shifts to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    19 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Be a reliable member of a team, working co-operatively and with flexibility
  • Understand that each child is an individual and have a general understanding of childcare and child development
  • Observe each child’s progress and report on achievements looking for progression and continuity
  • Write up Tapestry Observations on children’s progress including written information for development files
  • Assist with the supervision of children at play (indoor and outdoor) and at mealtimes
  • Assist with planning a programme of activities, suitable for the age range of the children, following the guidelines for the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles (EYFS)
  • Provide ideas on the ‘Weekly Themes’ to your Manager, at least one a week
  • Understand the ‘intent’, ‘implementation’ and ‘impact’ of each activity undertaken
  • Assist with the creation of a stimulating and attractive environment
  • Provide wonderment and awe when reading to the children; bring books & poems to life
  • Learn to take ‘circle time’, nursery rhymes, singing
  • Give children the opportunity to choose songs
  • Teach the alphabet, numbers and shape names
  • Communicate with the children, use a ‘narrative teaching strategy’ when conversing with babies and very young children
  • Give children time to respond (20 seconds). Ask ‘open-ended’ questions to the children who are able to communicate
  • Extend children’s sentences i.e. “The big, red car”
  • Expand vocabulary through ‘picture reading’ and using
    alternative adjectives to increase lexis i.e. big, large, huge, vast, enormous etc.
  • Ask ‘open-ended’ questions to the children who are able to communicate
  • Assist with the care, maintenance and security of all equipment and toys within the nursery
  • Assist at mealtimes. Encourage babies and young children to be independent
  • Encouraging children to manage ‘life skills’ (age and stage appropriate)
  • Generally, help with the clearing and cleaning of the toys and premises
  • Opening and closing travel cots for sleep purposes. Ensure children’s correct bedding, blankets and growbags are used
  • Generally, help with any administrative work when requested
  • Learn nappy changing

The training you will be getting

  • You will work towards completing a Level 3 Early years education qualification
  • This standard includes gaining a first aid qualification
  • The training will be provided by your employer
  • The qualification will be delivered remotely by LMP Education

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The right candidate may be offered a full-time position after completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, A bright & sunny disposition, Professional development, Be reliable


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C and above or Level 2) Essential

About the employer

Shannon ChildCare, Ofsted registered outstanding nurseries based in Edgware, are committed to providing parents with exceptional childcare in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable ‘home from home’ setting, where children are respectfully nurtured into settled, happy, and confident little people.







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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


Lily Snelling

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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