Cally Smith Childcare offers a Level 3 early years apprentice position. Gain qualifications and experience in a cosy home-like setting. Assist with record keeping and more. As part of a team, you will also contribute to food preparation; cleaning after meals including the kitchen; keeping all areas setting clean; gardening.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprenticeship wage increasing to £5.28 from April 2023

    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 Thursday, 8.00am to 5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 May 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Cally Smith Childcare is a childcare setting that is run from our family home in Brompton on Swale. Cally Smith is a registered childminder who is passionate about her early years. The setting is open Monday - Thursday, 8.00am - 5.30pm, 48 weeks a year. We care for children from birth to 8 years old.We are looking for a hardworking, passionate and reliable individual who can use their own initiative. Applicants should be fun, creative, calm and well-presented but most importantly have a passion for early years.

You will be registered as a childminding assistant and key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing a safe, caring and educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, where children are happy, secure, relaxed and have opportunities for challenge
  • Delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in line with the setting ethos
  • Planning age-appropriate activities, in line with children’s interests & the curriculum and delivering those activities
  • Working in line with the settings policies and procedures ensuring they are put into practice, including knowing how to deal with child protection/safeguarding issues appropriately and how to respond to incidents, accidents, complaints and emergencies
  • Assisting with record keeping, including daily attendance registers, accident records, cleaning schedules & risk assessments
  • Observing children and recording their progress in their digital learning journals
  • Interacting with children & their parents or carers in a warm, positive manner
  • Ensuring the care needs of children are met at all times including; changing nappies, attending to toileting needs, feeding babies, assisting at mealtimes, changing children’s clothes where
  • Accompanying staff and children on outings
  • Being responsible for any tasks delegated by the Manager & Deputy Manager
  • Ensuring proper maintenance and high standards of cleanliness, hygiene and safety of toys & equipment in use. E.g., cleansing of equipment, laundry, keeping up to date with health and safety requirements
  • Undertaking appropriate continuous professional development in fulfilling the requirements of the Apprenticeship Scheme, this includes attending College on a weekly basis, completing all
    academic aspects of the apprenticeship, attending supervision meetings with the manager, attending staff meetings and planning and carrying out work-based assessments with the assessor
  • As part of a team, you will also contribute to preparing healthy meals & snacks; clearing away after meals; keeping the kitchen clean and tidy; keeping all areas of the setting clean including
    vacuuming, dusting & mopping; gardening, including growing my own vegetables on our allotment; following strict deep cleaning lists to ensure the highest standards within the setting

Applicants must:

  • Have a genuine love for babies & young children
  • Be positive, outgoing and have the ability to work as a team
  • Be motivated to enhance children’s learning & development experiences
  • Be driven to go above and beyond to build your professional knowledge
  • Be able to follow lists and schedules
  • Have good spoken and written English
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Love the outdoors & be happy outside all year round in all weather
  • Be willing to undertake any training required by management (cost to be covered by the employer)
  • Should be able to work flexible hours within the opening times

In return, you will be an integral part of the setting & family and will form part of a fantastic, friendly team who are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of early years education in a rewarding environment.

The training you will be getting

Early Years Educator Level 3:

  • Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification

Please refer to the DfE list of approved EYE qualifications:


  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language
  • Apprentices must successfully complete the Apprentices must successfully complete a first aid qualification in line with the requirements of the EYFS Framework (Annex A): Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Location: Brompton on Swale.

Working 4 days a week, including training time at Darlington College. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After completion of your apprenticeship, a long-term position will be considered.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

About the employer

Cally Smith Childcare is a childcare setting that is run from our family home in Brompton on Swale. Cally Smith is a registered childminder who is passionate about early years. The setting is open Mon-Thur 8.00am-5.30pm, 48 weeks a year. We care for children from birth to 8 years old.







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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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