L3 Early Years Educator Apprentice SMALL TALK NURSERIES LTD

Under the guidance of senior staff, you will provide the highest level of care and education for all children attending the setting. Whilst gaining hands on experience in a high quality childcare setting you will be working towards a recognised childcare qualification.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    National minimum apprenticeship wage will increase to £6.40 per hour from April 2024

    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 to Friday (shifts TBC)

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day


·        With support provide high standards of care and education to meet the individual needs of all children

·        Adhere to all company policies and procedures at all times

·        Acquire and maintain positive working partnerships with staff, parents and carers


Key Responsibilities

·        Adhere to all company policies and procedures

·        Provide a positive practice role model

·        With support contribute to a high standard of quality within the nursery, including practice, environment and resources to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage

·        With support prepare and supervise activities

·        Supervise and support children at all times

·        With support ensure that equality of access and opportunity is provided to all children, parents, staff and visitors

·        Ensure that all children are kept safe

·        Notify Designated Officer of any safeguarding concerns

·        Maintain a positive attitude at all times with children, parents, colleagues and visitors

·        With support develop and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, parents and carers

·        Ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained

·        Adhere to all health and safety policies and procedures and undertake a shared responsibility for cleanliness and health and safety throughout the nursery

·        With support work as part of a team to ensure the company’s values are maintained

·        Attend monthly staff meetings, planning meetings and undertake training as required

·        Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by line manager


The training you will be getting

Early Years Educator Level 3 Standard Apprenticeship Qualification.

Training will be provided on an ongoing daily basis and when required. Course is delivered in the workplace only. An assessor will be allocated to you to progress you through you course. Continual assessments, coupled with assignments / or exams depending on course of study. Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week.

At the end of your training, you will sit an exam and submit course work as part of your assessment, and you will receive a Level 3 qualification.

English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway. The requirements are detailed in the current version of the apprenticeship funding rules.

You will join a well-established team of practitioners, who will help to provide quality coaching and mentoring to achieve all of the requirements needed to achieve your qualification. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possible long term employment with the setting

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Early Years Practitioner L2 (Grade Pass) Essential

About the employer

Small Talk Nurseries Telford is the sixth edition to Small Talk Nurseries Franchise. Opened March 2022, the building has been renovated to provide a stimulating, nurturing and supportive environment. The nursery manager brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, with over 20 years of Early Years experience. All staff are highly qualified, caring and motivated to ensure children’s needs are met. Exceptional Day Nursery in Telford At Small Talk Nurseries we aim to create an environment that is open and inviting for all children to learn and develop curiosity in their own ideas without limitation, through the use of natural and real-life resources. We offer high-quality childcare in a home from home environment that benefits not only the children but the parents as well. Every child is welcome and special to us at Small Talk Nurseries, no matter their gender, culture or any other circumstance. We work together with each family to ensure that the child is provided with the best opportunities to meet their individual needs so that they may develop to their best 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

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