Level 2 Apprentice Early Years Practitioner Tiny Tree Nursery & Out of School Club Leeds

To provide the highest level of care and education by creating a warm, friendly and stimulating environment in which children develop emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually through individual attention and group activities.

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Closing date: 21 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

    The working week will be Monday to Friday. Shifts will vary each week between 7:30am to 6pm. (For example, working 9am to 5pm)

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To effectively deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in line with current practice and guidelines 
  • To be responsible for any tasks delegated by the Nursery Manager or Deputy Nursery Manager  
  • Implement and promote all Nursery policies and procedures 
  • Undertake a proactive key person role and build positive relationships with parents/carers and other professionals to support the individual needs of every child 
  • Provide a secure, caring, friendly and stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times 
  • Contribute to the planning and develop enriching activities which ensure each child is working towards the early learning outcomes 
  • Ensure children’s records are maintained and kept up to date including records of children’s development and learning journeys 
  • Act as a positive practice role model to ensure that the Nursery’s values are maintained 
  • Maintain high standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness at all times 
  • Ensure that all rooms and outside areas are clean and tidy after use 
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, and observe and follow the health and safety policy and procedures at all times 
  • Liaise with parents and carers, keeping them informed of activities undertaken, their child’s progress with these activities, as well as the child’s general development and wellbeing 
  • Be sensitive and responsive to the needs of children, parents and carers and other members of staff 
  • Support a commitment to the theory and practice of equal opportunities 
  • Demonstrate initiative and get involved at all times to make a difference to the quality of care that the Nursery provides  
  • Feedback any issues or opportunities identified around the site that could impact on the quality of care provided 
  • Support team in the upkeep of base rooms, displays, resources, etc.  
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times with children, parents, visitors and work colleagues  
  • Ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained 
  • Be aware of the high reputation of the setting and uphold its standards at all times, both within work hours and outside 
  • Work as part of a team to ensure good communication 
  • Attend and participate in out of work activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, parent events/consultation 
  • Be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, such as domestic tasks, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.  
  • Undertake any other duties and responsibilities as reasonably requested by line management 

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner. 

Apprentices will undertake their training within the rooms as well as having time out of the rooms to participate in seminars, continue written work and attend meetings with tutors etc. 
We also provide in house training to support our staff continuous professional development: 

  • Fire training
  • Baby training
  • Safer food better business
  • Annual safeguarding training  

Mode of delivery:  

  • Once a month day release in college (Eastgate campus). 

Course content: 

The Level 2 Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with the workplace, you will be expected to attend college 1 day a month, where you will gain knowledge and understanding of working within the early years sector.  
You will develop skills on the job where you will be supported by a workplace mentor.  
An Assessor from Leeds City College will visit you on a regular basis to support your learning journey. 

The Apprenticeship Standards comprises of: 

  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 

Functional Skills qualifications: 

  • Level 1 Functional Skill in English 
  • Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths 
  • Apprentices must take the test for level 2 before the end point assessment

End point assessment:  

  • Multiple choice Exam 
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.  

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Permanent position 
  • Progression to Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Patience, Reliability & trustworthiness, Calm and caring


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

Things to consider

Please apply for the role, as soon as possible as we are interviewing suitable candidates as and when we receive applications. Therefore the role may close before the advertised closing date. You can review the current Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates DBS Check upon starting, free parking and pension scheme.

About the employer

Shine childcare have 4 nurseries, one in Leeds, one in Oldham, one in Halifax and one in Huddersfield. We are the Leeds site and hold 163 children per day. All our nurseries are grade 2 listed buildings. We are located just outside of Leeds City Centre in the Woodhouse area of North Leeds. Our impressive nursery and secure outdoor space includes multiple outdoor play areas and a little woodland. Our high standard of care allows us to be regarded as one of the best nurseries in Leeds. We offer a stunning space with dedicated indoor and outdoor areas for children to learn, play and develop. Outdoor play is important to us. Our grounds allow for a stimulating and safe environment for all children attending the nursery. Our spacious rooms are bright and very well resourced. The nursery is specially designed to promote learning and development within a nurturing and stimulating environment. As well as catering for children aged 0 to 5, we have a fun, activity based Holiday Club. We open during all school holidays and are available to all children of school age.


Tiny Tree Nursery & Out of School Club Leeds


Sycamore Lodge

7A Woodhouse Cliff



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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


Leeds City College Apprenticeships Team


0113 284 6464

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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