Early Years Educator Apprentice - Southampton Little Shipmates Group Ltd

Explorers Day Nursery is looking for passionate people who love working with children to join their friendly team as a level 3 early years apprentice. Does this sound like you? You will be supporting the day to day running of the nursery and initiating play led learning activities. Exceptional staff benefits for the right people, apply today.

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

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Closing date: 27 May 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

    40 hours per week. Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed at offer stage.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 May 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Little Shipmates is a family of established and well-regarded day care nurseries, each one focusing on the provision of high quality childcare and nursery education for families across Hampshire.

Our people are our most important asset and we need passionate people who love working with children and want to be part of something truly special.

They have an exciting opportunity for a level 3 apprentice to work in the Explorers Day Nursery.

Within this role you will be expected to:

  • To work as an assistant teacher within one of our rooms with children ages 0-5
  • To contribute to discussions around the development of the nursery setting
  • To act as a co-key person to a group of children, building secure relationship and supporting with appropriate record keeping
  • To be responsible and committed to protecting all children within your care, at all times
  • To develop a knowledge of all safeguarding and child protection policies - in particular, the process for reporting any concerns, including concerns about colleagues. (Please see separate Whistleblowing Policy) ensuring all child protection, safeguarding
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of children by ensuring health & safety policies and procedures are followed at all time
  • To always report any concerns about practice or child welfare to the nursery management team without delay
  • To have a commitment to learning to develop an understanding of exceptional practice, with a determination to always ensure high quality teaching education
  • To keep up to date with all legislation, and changes to national policy
  • To support the Nursery Teachers in creating an engaging and stimulating learning environment for the children to explore and learn, providing provocations around their interests using ‘Planning in the moment’
  • To build strong relationships with parents, knowing them by name
  • To act always as an exceptional role model for children and colleagues
  • To complete required training, as set out in the induction programme or as set by the nursery management team
  • To be a flexible member of staff, within the nursery day
  • To perform any other roles as requested by the Room Leader and Nursery Management Team

In return, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Free on-site parking
  • 30% Childcare discount, increasing to 50% after two years continuous service
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement increasing with long service (additional day annual leave after every complete year of service, up to 5 years e.g. 5 days after 5 years)
  • Paid Bank Holidays and paid annual 'shut down' over the festive period
  • Wellbeing support available to all staff from 2 internal qualified Mental Health First Aiders
  • Access to free 24/7 confidential counselling helpline
  • Annual pay reviews as well as an additional increase for staff members with 2 years’ service
  • Regular staff social events and team building
  • Workplace pension
  • Refer a Friend Bonus Scheme
  • Staff uniform provided, including a lightweight summer top alternative for the warmer months
  • Staff room refreshments including tea, coffee, squash, and sweet treats!
  • Discounted hot lunch available to purchase made by our in-house Nursery Chef
  • Easter and Christmas chocolate treats for all staff members!
  • Brilliant progression opportunities
  • Support from the Company to gain further qualifications or training

The training you will be getting

Your full role and responsibilities will be set out by your employer.

Little Shipmates will provide you with all of the on-the-job training you need to up-skill in your role, and your 20% off-the-job learning will be incorporated as part of your working day. You will be working towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

This will be delivered through Little Shipmates' dedicated training provider, Realise. Realise is an established training provider that’s enjoying an exciting period of growth following a management buyout and rebrand in late 2020.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Many staff started with us as apprentices and have gone on to stay with us as Nursery Practitioners. Some have worked their may up and gone on to be Senior Practitioners, Room Leaders, Deputy Managers and even Nursery Managers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Creative, Non judgemental, Patience


Other Basic Maths (Grade n/a) Desired
Other Standard English (Grade n/a) Desired

Things to consider

DBS Required for this role

About the employer

Explorers Day Nursery is a modern, purpose-built nursery with beautiful surroundings and a fabulous garden where children can play, learn and create. As a core member of the Little Shipmates Family, Explorers takes a child-centred, practical approach to helping young people develop – in a safe, stimulating and supportive setting.


Little Shipmates Group Ltd


Explorers Day Nursery, Adanac Drive,


SO16 0AS

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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

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 27 May 2024