Outdoor Woodland Learning Practitioner Apprentice Hardmoor Early Years Centre

At Hardmoor Early Years Centre we seek to build strong foundations for a happy, successful life. To enable this, our Nursery and Early Years Centre is filled with wonderful play and friendship experiences. We thrive through 'learning journeys' that explore our indoor and outdoors to the full, and we are seeking an apprentice to help us with this.

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting salary is £22,737 per year. You will be employed by Southampton City Council under their terms and conditions.

  • Working week

    37 hour week, 52 weeks a year. Normal shift pattern 7.50am to 4.05pm with a 45 minute unpaid lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    22 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    13 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To maintain the garden and woodland space as an area of EYFS Learning and exploration
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage
  • To assist in providing a stimulating environment that encourages the learning and development of young children through play in the outdoor, garden and woodland environmen
  • To maintain and use resources appropriately in providing play and early education opportunities that meet the needs of individual children whilst ensuring quality standards are maintained
  • To be a positive role model when engaging with children and parents/carers, in order to promote the development of social, emotional and communication skills in young children
  • To work as part of a team planning and evaluating nursery sessions
  • To make observations of children and use them to inform the future planning of activities that promote children’s learning and development in the outdoor environment
  • To ensure the safety and care of the children and the play environment, completing Risk Assessments and Health and Safety Records and reporting any issues in line with the Centre’s procedures
  • To assist in completing all records in line with Ofsted requirements, EYFS, Every Child a Talker and the nursery’s procedures
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers around the needs of their children and families, signposting and referring them to other agencies where appropriate
  • To ensure your practice within the Centre is inclusive and takes into account the needs of individual children
  • To inform the designated Child Protection Lead Officer of any concerns regarding the Safeguarding of children, to share information appropriately and confidentially, following the Centre’s safeguarding procedures
  • To maintain the confidentiality, in and out of the workplace, of any information regarding the children, their families or other staff which is learnt as part of the job
  • To encourage parental involvement and feedback when planning and evaluating activities for their children
  • To undertake continuous professional development as agreed with your line manager
  • To undertake any other duties that fall reasonably within the role of the post which may be allocated after consultation with the post-holder e.g. take part in special events, meetings, outings and home visits
  • To demonstrate good understanding of the common core skills and knowledge for those working with children, young people and their families and the role of the Common Assessment Framework in supporting children and families who have additional needs

The training you will be getting

You will study for your Level 5 Outdoor Learning Specialist apprenticeship.  You will learn from your colleagues how to carry out your duties and will also be given 6 hours per week to focus solely on your apprenticeship work. All training will be carried out at Hardmoor Early Years Centre.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There is the possibility of a full-time position after achieving the apprenticeship.  It would also be possible to go on to study for the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C or 4) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent L 3 Outdoor Activities Instructor Apprenticeship (Grade Pass) Essential

About the employer

Childcare provider for children aged 0-4


Hardmoor Early Years Centre


Leaside Way

Bassett Green


SO16 3EP

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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


Melanie Jackson (Head of Centre)


Apprenticeship standard

Outdoor learning specialist

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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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