Nursery Practitioner Apprentice SAWSTON CHILDCARE LIMITED

Have you got the skills and passion to inspire and enrich a young child's life, teaching the foundations that will support and guide them through their life? If you can demonstrate a positive attitude, reliability, a team player, and want to be a part of Sawston Nursery's success? If so, we have the job you have been looking for!

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    16–17-year-old rate- £6.40 per hour 18–20-year-old rate-£8.60 per hour 21 and over - £11.44 per hour However, salary is negotiable to the successful candidate based on skills and experience.

  • Working week

    1. 7.30am-6.30pm / 3 days a week Or 2. 12.30pm-6.30pm / 5 days a week Or 3. 7:00am-1:00pm / 5 days a week

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Key Responsibilities for the role will include, but not be limited to: 

  • Assist in maintaining and developing the safe, educational ‘Learning through Play’ environment. 
  • Assist trained staff in planning and recording the activities offered to each child. 
  • Be aware of Health and Safety issues and keep children safe in the Nursery. 
  • Prepared to take on any relevant duties determined by the employer from time to time. 
  • Attend whole staff meetings and assist with events outside Nursery as and when required. 
  • Be prepared to train in Paediatric first aid, safeguarding children, and basic food hygiene. 
  • Liaise and communicate with parents/carers on a child’s day in the Nursery, their well-being and development. 
  • The Nursery will offer you PFA, Food Hygiene, Child Protection and Manual Handling within the first 3 months of you joining the Nursery. 
  • You must have a smile that makes each child feel special. 
  • Be prepared to be questioned by the children in the nursery such as, what do you eat for lunch, where are you going, who is your friend, and do you live in the nursery? 
  • You must be kind, gentle and be prepared to get down to a child's level and let them immerse you in their play. 
  • We need an inspiring individual who can use their initiative, understand individual child's needs and tune into their imagination.  

The training you will be getting

You will work towards an Early Years Educator Level 3. Apprenticeship course, including Paediatric First Aid. You will have a dedicated industry expert to guide and coach you through components of your programme and you'll experience a range of different learning opportunities.

Online learning and face to face training with Learn Plus Us' Apprenticeship Trainers.
Meetings with your dedicated trainer.
Interactive Online Workshops.
Self-Guided research.
On-the-job instructions.
Peer-to-peer mentoring.
Personal development planning.
Manager Progress Reviews.

You will be given the opportunity to develop your training on the job, through attending various training on offer, using your time out to keep your training up to date. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

If you complete your level 3 qualification and prove to be a competent practitioner, you may wish to work up to the level of a deputy room leader and then room leader in your job progression. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Sensitivity and Understanding, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 / C or Above) Essential

Things to consider

We are a busy day nursery, and you could be working with children aged from approx. 3 months – 4 years. Are you able to commute as the days can be long hours? Do you have a passion for being around children? Are you a team player?

About the employer

Sawston Nursery is a non-profit making charitable organisation in South Cambridge, where our team of dedicated staff support children's learning and development from 3 months to 4 years. We provide day care from 8am – 6pm, 51 weeks of the year and are not a term time only setting. Our team consists of 39 staff who are dedicated and passionate about working with children in a Nursery environment. Our recent OUTSTANDING OFSTED (January 2024) Inspection states, 'Practitioners are highly motivated, and the well-being of staff is of high priority to the leadership team. Practitioners are enthusiastic, positive and they are valued. They are excellent role models, giving children the best possible environment to learn and develop in. If you would like to be a part of our amazing team and have a passion to work with young children, we would like to hear from you today!




Sawston Nursery

Tannery Road


CB22 3UW

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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


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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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