This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in Childcare. We are advertising to fill a vacancy within the Mulberry Bush, for a Nursery Apprentice at Level 2. You will be acting as a key worker to a small group of children and recording observations and planning for them.

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Closing date: 09 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.75 per hour

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday (Shifts to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 32.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    03 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally
  • Under supervision you will provide all aspects of care for children including washing, changing and feeding
  • Acting as key worker to a small group of children and recording observations and planning for them
  • Assisting with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Being aware of the nurseries policies and procedures and ensure they are adhered to
  • Completing all work to desired timescales as set by Showcase Trainer

The training you will be getting

  • NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification
  • Functional Skills in English and maths at Level 1 minimum (unless exempt)
  • Training completed via work-based visits at the nursery and 4-hour study time provided for coursework

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

For all candidates, there is the potential to be offered a full-time Nursery Practitioner position. Ability to progress within the company with time and experience

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

Please check that you can travel to this employer on a daily basis before applying. If you have any queries regarding the role, please contact Andrew on 01329 848714. The successful Apprentice will also receive a free Bus Pass to/from work and vouchers for their birthday/Christmas!!

About the employer

2017 was a very exciting year for the Mulberry Bush as we started building our brand new, bespoke nursery setting in Bitterne Park! The new nursery will be open in spring of 2018 and will be a landmark building for the area providing full day care for children aged 3 months – 5 years throughout the year (51 weeks). The nursery offers a beautiful and rich environment for children. With spacious rooms full of natural light, bespoke sensory rooms for each age group and a stunning 500m2 garden.




Witts Hill


SO18 4QH

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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


James Sproat


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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