Childcare Apprenticeship - Leighton Buzzard CHILDBASE PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

Would you like to join a company that has topped the UK ‘Best Companies to Work For’ lists for 15 years, as well as been rated ‘World Class’ for its respect and support of colleagues, and ‘Climate Positive’ for its environmental achievements? We have an opportunity for an Apprentice to join us at our Cedars Day Nursery.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 04 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We are offering a pay rate of £5.55 per hour. After 6 months in post, the pay rate will increase to £9.00 per hour for an Apprentice who is aged 17 or over. As an employee owned company, there is potential for an annual tax-free dividend payment.

  • Working week

    Varied shifts between the hours of 7.30am-6.30pm Monday-Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will work as part of a team to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment which enables children to confidently explore, experiment and grow and you will ensure every child's individual care needs are met
  • Under the guidance of your colleagues, you will plan activities and observe and monitor children's progress, making appropriate links to the EYFS 
  • You will respectfully engage with parents, colleagues and external professionals in order to successfully work in partnership

The training you will be getting

We are offering the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, including Paediatric First Aid, subject to initial assessment. The apprenticeship will last 18-20 months and you will gain hands-on experience working with children aged 0-5 years in a nursery environment.  Your assessor will visit you every 4-6 weeks at the nursery and you will attend monthly training sessions at our Central Support Office in Newport Pagnell. You will have some time within your working hours each week to start your coursework.  You will be required to finish your coursework at home and must ensure you submit it by the deadline set by your Assessor.

If you don’t hold GCSEs at grade 4 or above in English and Maths you will complete Functional Skills qualifications with us alongside the early years course.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to apply for Qualified Nursery Nurse roles within our partnership.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

About the employer

Childbase Partnership, delivering childcare excellence since 1989. Rated ‘World Class’ by Best Companies and a European Business Award winner, the employee-owned Childbase Partnership is on a mission to give children the best possible start in life. That means a commitment to continuously redefine excellence in every area of operation from imaginative, state of the art, age-appropriate play and learning spaces in nurseries to the award-winning training programmes for its early years professionals. A top UK workplace for over a decade, every Childbase Partnership colleague is an employee-owner, invested in ensuring that each and every child in their care is happy, confident and ready to realise their full potential.




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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

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

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply via the advert on our careers site and our recruitment team will contact you to discuss your application. To satisfy the funding criteria, this role is open to you if you are able to evidence you have the right to work and study in the UK, you have resided here for at least 3 years before the start of the apprenticeship, and you can provide photographic ID in the form of a passport or driving licence.  If you are not able to meet this criteria, your application will be rejected.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Mar 2024