Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship CRICKLADE MANOR PREP LIMITED

Cricklade Manor Prep (formerly Prior Park Prep) is a long-established Independent Prep School and Nursery located in the heart of Cricklade, Wiltshire. Cricklade is a short drive from the M4 and A419, making it easily accessible from Cirencester, Swindon, Malmesbury and surrounding areas.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary starting from £8.00 per hour (at under 21) Increasing once qualified

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday shifts between 7.30am - 6pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Nursery Apprentice will:

· Support the Room Leader on a daily basis, delivering outstanding lessons following the Early Years Curriculum.

Teaching and Learning

· To support the Room Leader to provide a safe, friendly, stimulating environment in which the pupils can flourish.

· Commit to gaining a working knowledge of the EYFS curriculum.

Pastoral Leadership

· To develop good relationships with parents and to report to the Nursery Room Leader and/or Nursery Manager regarding any significant aspects.

· To promote the general progress, well-being and behavior of individual pupils, maintaining good order and behavior in line with the school's policies and expectations.

· To adhere fully to all school policies including: Anti-Bullying, Safeguarding and Behavior policies.

Administration and other responsibilities

· To attend staff meetings and briefings in accordance with the calendar of meetings and routines published at the start of each term. 

· To maintain high standards of professionalism at all times.

· To follow and support all school policies and procedures. 

Continuing Professional Development

· To attend college and complete coursework to achieve Child Care Qualification.

· Complete courses and training relevant to role.

General Duties

· To actively contribute to the activities of the school and support colleagues.

· To be aware of and comply with Health and Safety policies, legislation and best practice.

· To work within school procedures and codes of practice.

· To undertake such other duties as are required by the Room Nursery Manager.

The training you will be getting

  • Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Learning both on the job and at taught sessions attended at New College Swindon
  • The knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in the Standard.
  • Maths or English Level 1 functional skills if required GCSE grades are not met

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent position once you have finished your qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Discretion, "Can do" attitude, Honesty and integrity, Outgoing, Observant, Sense of homour, Enthusiastic, Flexible, Ambitious & Committed


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D/3 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade D/3 or above) Essential

Things to consider

School lunch, snacks, fruit tea and coffee On-site parking 5 days of paid training A paid wellbeing day Company pension Bike to work scheme Staff referral bonus Employee Fee Discount (means tested) Opportunities for personal development Access to Westonbirt leisure including swimming and golf You will need to complete pre-screening paperwork and have a chat with New College to discuss any experience, interest in the apprenticeship and how it is delivered You will need to complete initial assessments in maths and English By submitting your application, you confirm that you are happy for New College Swindon to share your information with the employer as part of the application process Limited public transport so will need to consider how you will travel to setting

About the employer

Wishford Schools is a small, friendly group of nine independent schools including Cricklade Manor Prep. The group aims to provide an excellent education to all pupils, giving every child the opportunity to shine. Standards and expectations are high, and staff and pupils are challenged and supported to give their best. Cricklade Manor Prep (formerly Prior Park Prep) is a long-established Independent Prep School and Nursery located in the heart of Cricklade, Wiltshire. Cricklade is a short drive from the M4 and A419, making it easily accessible from Cirencester, Swindon, Malmesbury and surrounding areas. The school is housed on an 8-acre site within the town, including a handsome Grade II listed manor house, a separate Pre-Prep department housed within a walled garden, a number of purpose-built classroom blocks and extensive sports facilities including astroturf and grass pitches and a sports hall. The Nursery sits in its own dedicated building situated within the walled garden. The Nursery currently has over 70 children registered. This role has arisen do to the continued projected growth of the setting.




Manor House

Cacutt 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


Kirsty Bain



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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