Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice at Westfield Nursery, Radstock MIDSOMER NORTON SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP

We are looking to recruit an apprentice to join our small and welcoming team. You will work with and be guided by experienced members of our nursery family and develop your skills and understanding of working with young children.

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Closing date: 30 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This role is term time only and therefore the advertised salary is pro-rata based on the term-time only nature of this role.

    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 Friday, 8.30am – 3.00pm. Term time only.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

We encourage and support all our children to become independent learners and thinkers and provide a happy and safe environment where they can develop independence, curiosity, cooperation and confidence.

The role of an Early Years Practitioner is as variable and diverse as the children we teach and care for. We expect a lot from our team but also give a lot in return. To gain as much from this apprenticeship as possible, listed below are a few of the duties we will expect from you:

  • You will work closely as part of a team so empathy, kindness, patience and a sense of fun is a must
  • When you are ready, you will undertake children’s personal care, such as helping with clothes, toileting and nappy changes
  • You will help set up and pack away resources and activities and actively encourage the children to participate in keeping their nursery tidy
  • You will support children during snack and lunch times to develop their understanding of healthy eating and help develop their social skills
  • You will promote a positive attitude to physical play and encourage being outside, rain or shine
  • You will help meet and greet the children when they arrive and understand their needs with regard to settling in strategies for individual children
  • You will need to take safeguarding training and be able comply and adhere to school policies with regard to safeguarding, confidentiality and behaviour
  • You will promote the work and image of the school and nursery by always maintaining high standards of personal appearance and adopting a friendly, professional approach to parents and carers, members of the public and the wider community
  • You will maintain a positive, friendly and patient attitude towards the children and staff
  • You will ensure that inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities are promoted and protected at all times
  • You will play and interact with the children to enhance and support their development, enjoyment and understanding of the world around them
  • You will support children to develop all of the areas of learning
  • You will provide children with a positive language rich environment in which to grow

You will gain an understanding of the EYFS, birth to 5 and the Characters of Effective Learning in order to be able to help plan and organise appropriate and fun activities for the children that follow their own individual interests.

We will provide you with:

  • Guidance and support to develop positive relationships with children in our care
  • Support to learn how to observe and record children’s leaning so that you can help scaffold and develop their next steps and show their progression
  • A warm, friendly working environment where asking questions is welcomed and initiative is encouraged

This role may be closed early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • End Point Assessment – Knowledge Test and Professional

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Progressing to a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Reliable, Punctual, Enthusiastic


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

Things to consider

Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check. Please consider how you will travel to the place of work, particularly if you rely on public transport.

About the employer

Westfield nursery is attached to Westfield Primary school and consists of 2 main rooms, Ladybird and Hedgehog. We provide play, care and education for all children from 2 years to 5 years. We are a free flow nursery and actively encourage the children to access the outside garden areas, including a small wooded area and the school fields and grounds.




Westfield Primary School

Longfellow 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


Philippa Bancroft


07917 923622

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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