Apprentice Practitioner Level 3 at Cottam Nursery School LUDI LIMITED

The Nursery School has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, receiving an Ofsted Outstanding in October 2018. We require an enthusiastic individual with the right qualifications, experience, personality and drive to support the children and existing staff and learn and embrace our values.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 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

    Monday - Friday 8.30am start, 3.30pm finish (full time)

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties include:

  • To effectively deliver the new EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interest of children in the setting are met
  • To act as a key worker to your designated group of children
  • To keep records of your key children’s development and learning journals and share with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met
  • To capture evidence to create and share early learning journey’s through the Tapestry system
  • To complete relevant forms concerning your key children’s early learning journey within a set, reasonable time frame. This includes, but is not limited to, baseline assessments, two-year checks, termly progress reports, summative assessment and transition documents
  • Support all members of staff and maintain strong professional relationships that enable children’s needs to be met effectively
  • To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children whilst having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories
  • To assist in setting up the playrooms for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of sessions
  • To advise the manager/deputy of any concerns, e.g. over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary
  • To be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, open days, parent’s evenings, etc.
  • To be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed
  • To work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the setting’s philosophy is fulfilled
  • To read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role and the safe running of the setting
  • To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job
  • To consistently operate within nursery policies on Equality and Diversity, promoting equal opportunities for all staff and children in relation to gender, race, disability, and special educational needs
  • To be aware of the high profile of the setting and to uphold its standards at all times, both during work hours and outside
  • To support nursery assistants, students and volunteers
  • To ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times
  • To participate as an active member of the team, involved in planning and implementing a suitable range of activities for the children in their care

The training you will be getting

Early Years Educator – Level 3. This Apprenticeship is completed within the workplace. You will be assessed through written work, verbal discussion and observation throughout your training. You will be given time by your employer to complete portfolio work, attend training, workplace shadowing and any other opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent position for right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Positive attitude


GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade A*-D/ 9-3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade A*-D/ 9-3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/ 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-D/ 9-3) Essential

Things to consider

In order to progress your application, we will require you to complete additional paperwork and complete a BKSB assessment. The information will be sent via email if you meet the entry requirements set by the employer and linked training provider for the vacancy. Please check your junk mail whilst the vacancy is open. Until we receive the above, we are unable to progress your application so please monitor your emails. For more information on the NMW, please visit:

About the employer

Cottam Nursery School is an Ofsted Outstanding nursery school that offers very personalised childcare and education for children from 2-5 years. Our family-run children’s nursery is situated in the old village school. Our fundamental principle is to ‘celebrate childhood’. We support and enhance children’s learning and development in a way that enables them to have fun and truly enjoy this very precious period in their lives. Since its inception over 34 years ago, Cottam Nursery School prides itself on a strong sense of family and community. It organises and participates in local events all year round. The nursery has excellent links with the local community. In addition to the close relationships, we maintain with parents, our open-door policy and excellent family links, including ‘learning journeys’, are often complemented with educational interaction from special guests. They always add value to a wide range of fun activities.








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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


Charlotte Ward


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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