Early Years Educator L3 Apprenticeship PUMPKIN PATCH NURSERIES LTD

Pumpkin Patch are looking for apprentices to join our outstanding group of day nurseries with locations between Brighton and Worthing. Our nurseries are full of passion, kindness and high-quality care. You will be a part of a welcoming and supportive network of people, many of which are highly trained specialists for you to learn from.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage



  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 May 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Pumpkin Patch are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and have a passion for outdoor learning. Our forest and beach school programmes provide an exciting experience for our children which all staff have a chance to take part in. As an Apprentice with us, we will be dedicated to your training to help you be the best you can be.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all children
  • To provide and maintain a high-quality, stimulating learning environment for all children, following the Reggio Emilia approach
  • To be vigilant and protect children from harm or abuse, reporting any concerns immediately in accordance with policies
  • To develop genuine bonds with your key children and support colleagues to sensitively fulfil their key person responsibilities
  • To provide feedback and work in partnership with key parents/carers, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication, and involvement in nursery life

The training you will be getting

  • Apprenticeship qualification: Early Years Educator Level 3
  • Ongoing training and mentoring
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Fixed Term Contract of 24 months but the apprenticeship can be completed from 1 year and 1 day. You will have the opportunity to progress through the company once qualified.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Caring and hardworking, Keen to Learn, Professional, Team Player


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

Things to consider

4 Locations available At Pumpkin Patch Nursery we have robust safeguarding and safer recruitment policies therefore all positions are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks including an enhanced DB. We are an equal opportunities employer.

About the employer

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach from Italy and the Forest School’s of Scandinavia. At the heart of our approach at Pumpkin Patch Nursery is a ‘Powerful Image of the Child’ as strong, full of potential and capable of leading their own learning We believe that every child has the right to high quality early years education




37 Preston Drove




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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

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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