Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Sunny Smiles Day Nursery

Do you love working with young children? Do you believe in giving every child the best learning opportunities possible? Do you enjoy working with other adults and contributing to a hard-working and committed team? This is a great opportunity to progress in a career working with children.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 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 - Friday. Shifts to be arranged between 7.15am - 6.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Once competent / confident (DBS checked) carry out the personal care of children and complete observations and assessments
  • To communicate sensitively and professionally with parents / carers and children at all times, and follow instructions from your supervisor / manager
  • To ensure that families and children from all social and cultural groups feel valued and secure
  • To implement the Equality and Diversity policy by ensuring learning experiences are diverse to meet the needs of individual children and that play materials and play situations available to the children embrace diversity
  • To ensure that the room is safe at all times and the Health and Safety Policy is implemented
  • To make the nursery welcoming and inclusive for all children and parents / carers
  • To ensure that all accidents and incidents are recorded and be aware of the First Aid procedure used in the Nursery
  • To be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children

The training you will be getting

  • Early Years Practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship standard qualification
  • Day release attendance at Oldham College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Permanent employment and Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Calm and focused, Polite and friendly, Reliable and hard working


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

Things to consider

You will be expected to be flexible with the working hours to ensure ratios are maintained. During the year you will be expected to participate in additional events out of the normal working hours, for example, parent’s evening and open days. There is a degree of lifting and carrying that you will need to be able to carry out. This nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You will be required undertake an enhanced DBS. Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. Please do not contact the employer direct. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by The Oldham College (normally via email) to invite you to attend a pre-interview and initial assessment.

About the employer

We aim to provide a happy friendly, comfortable and safe environment where the children are stimulated, challenged and fulfill their learning needs through play experiences.


Sunny Smiles Day Nursery


45 Hawthorn Road



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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


Andrea Kearns


0161 785 4072

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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