Childcare Apprenticeship - Saffron Walden x2 PIPS NURSERY LIMITED

PIPS NURSERY - Boytons Farm are looking for a Nursery Assistant Apprentice, you will be studying toward your Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Friday (Shifts TBC).

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

PIPS is a small Essex based children's nursery, providing a unique home-from-home environment for your children. Our two locations surrounding the historical town of Saffron Walden in Strethall and Hempstead, both provide a rural setting where the children enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise.

As your role as an Early Years Practitioner, you will have some understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Be familiar and have some understanding of safeguarding and child protection responsibilities in Childcare provisions. Be able to plan exciting, inviting and challenging learning opportunities that are appropriate for the stage and age of the children Develop good, strong and positive relationships with both the children and their families Be able to work independently and as part of a team. Have good communication skills.

Your role will include:

  • To assist team members in providing the highest standard of care and education for the children in daily operation of the nursery, including positive partnerships with staff and parents.
  • To liaise with nursery staff regarding children’s specific needs and requirements.
  • To maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
  • To adhere to all Nursery policies and procedures.
  • To contribute ideas to planning ensuring children receive high quality of learning and development.                
  • To always meet health and safety and environmental health requirements.

The training you will be getting

Paragon Skills is a leading national Apprenticeship training provider, supporting over 4,000 learners and 1,500 organisations. Paragon Skills has some of the highest success and achievement rates in the industry.

It has an Ofsted Grade 2 Good rating and an overall achievement rate of 71.4%, exceeding the national average of 65.6%. Using a blended approach, learners are always at the forefront of our priorities. All learners are assigned a Personal Tutor who will be their main point of contact.

This involves regular catch-ups, check-in emails and calls. Your employer will agree to give you 20% of your working hours solely towards your study.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. 

This will give you every chance to achieve the highest grade possible! On completion of this 18 month apprenticeship you will have gained;

  • Level 3 Ealy Years Educator Apprenticeship.
  • Level 3 Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First Aid.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possibility of a full time role after the completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Patience, Team working


Other Childcare (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Working hours Please note that anyone under the age of 18 can only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours should be amended accordingly, to fall in line with the legislation.

About the employer

At PIPS Nursery children are observed carefully so that their strengths can be built on and weaknesses nurtured. A daily diary is kept enabling parents to be kept informed of their child's day and includes all activities, diet and any new skills learned and nurtured during their day.




Strethall Farm Cottage, Strethall

Saffron Walden

CB11 4XJ

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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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Jul 2024