Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship (August 2024) PUFFINS OF EXETER LTD

We are looking for a Early Years Practitioner Apprentice to help provide high-quality childcare. We are a family ran business of 5 nurseries, open from Monday- Friday, 7.30am until 6pm. You will receive benefits including, free uniform, free breakfast, discounts for high street and online brands, opportunities for career growth and development.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday with 1 day off each week

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

Puffins of Exeter ethos is simple we put the care and education of children at the heart of everything we do.

During this apprenticeship you will learn how to meet the requirements set by the government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments. Your role and responsibilities will be set by Puffins of Exeter and will include:

  • Support practitioners and educators in the setting to carry out their roles
  • Care for children from ages 0-5 years old
  • Work as apart of a team and support in carrying out activities, games and stories for all ages
  • Support in creating a stimulating environment for children across all ages
  • Adhere to policies and procedures, complete relevant paperwork and children observations
  • Develop your skills both on and off the job with support in the work placement.

The training you will be getting

  • Early years practitioner (Level 2) apprenticeship standard
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • 3 days a week at placement in one of our nurseries
  • 1 day a week at our training centre.
  • We have 5 locations in and around Exeter: EX1 2PD, EX2 4NP, EX1 1NT, EX2 7FB, EX2 7EY.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possible role within the company after competition, progression onto the next level apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Caring, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A-C / 4-9) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C / 4-9) Desired

Things to consider

There will be various start dates throughout the coming months, also Puffins will be holding recruitment events for applicants to attend.

About the employer

Puffins of Exeter ethos is simple we put the care and education of children at the heart of everything we do.







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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


Gabriella Rourke

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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