Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprentice Hayley's Little Comets

We are looking for passionate individuals who have an interest in childcare and are looking to begin their career in a nursery setting. Early years practitioners, and other job roles such as nursery nurse, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day


What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times.
  • To support the delivery of an appropriate play based Early Years
  • Foundation Stage curriculum, that enables children to make individual progress.
  • Encourage children to interact with others and engage in activities led by key worker staff.
  • To understand and work to nursery’s policies and procedures.  Including how to deal with child protection issues and how to respond to incidents, accidents and emergencies.
  • To carry out activities that meet the individuals needs that are age appropriate and meet the objectives from the Early years Foundation stage curriculum.
  • To work as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage team to deliver the best outcomes for each child in the nursery.
  • To adhere to children’s individual personal needs and their general health including welfare matters.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed, in accordance with the nursery routine of the day e.g. general cleaning, maintaining a safe environment (clear away trip hazards), supporting children at mealtimes, liaise with key workers for children’s individual needs.
  • Model good and appropriate language always e.g. manners, complete sentences for older children, simplifying language for younger children.
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of nursery activities as required.
  • The candidate will work towards completing an Early Years qualification Level 3 that includes paediatric first aid and safeguarding training.
  • The apprentice should ensure that all work is completed with a commitment to equality and anti-discriminatory practice.

This list is not exhaustive of what is expected within the day to dayrunning. Any other duties requested by the management team should be adhered to.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard qualification
  • Level 2 English and/or maths Functional Skills if applicable 
  • One evening class per week at Stoke on Trent College 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possibility of a full time position upon completing the apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or Above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or Above) Essential

About the employer

Do you have a smiley face and want to be a part of a small friendly team? We have a level 3 apprenticeship position to start immediately. Essential –a smiley face and personality with a love of small people and the willingness to give as many warm hugs as required. Desirable -The ability to pretend to eat playdough creations realistically, be covered in paint, flour and various other unmentionables. The art of reading upside-down, running around the outdoors being a monster and having a great love of dancing. Be prepared to work hard, though laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working day.


Hayley's Little Comets


Hayley's Little Comets

2 Harris Street



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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


Rachel Dawson


01782 603689

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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