Early Years Educator Apprentice JIGSAWS CHILDCARE LTD

Jigsaws Childcare Limited is a fully inclusive Day Nursery which has been offering an individual approach to child's care and learning since 2007. Our highly trained practitioners look at each child as an individual and we work to the family’s needs. We are an outdoor learning nursery using Forest Schools’ philosophy to support learners.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,646.40 to £22,605.44

    We also provide additional bonus such as Simply Health plan and generous pension scheme.

    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, 7.30am to 5.30pm. This will be confirmed upon appointment.

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    13 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Summary of the Position

  • To work alongside the Room Supervisors within the rooms aged from 3 months to 4 years.
  • To support the teams in providing high quality education and care for all children in a safe environment.
  • To assist the Managers in implementing all Jigsaws’ policies, including safeguarding, Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity.
  • To support and model good practice with other practitioners within the setting
  • To update skills and knowledge on all aspects of pedagogy and to report back all aspects which will affect planning, resources and equipment to the Room Supervisor?

The training you will be getting

  • The apprenticeship will be over an 18 month period during that time our training provider will come out and assess your work within the setting.
  • You will have a mentor during your time in the setting to support your learning. 
  • You will be allocated 6 hours paid learning within the 30 hours to complete your written work and any maths or English Functional Skills.
  • On completion you will have a level 3 award, Early Years Educator qualification.
  • You will also undertake a qualification in Paediatric First Aid.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Some of our staff on completion of their level 3 qualification have undertaken a level 5 within the setting.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Childcare (Grade 4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

We are based in a village but do have train links and limited bus links so you may need to consider travel to and from the setting. We do base our learning on Forest schools so spend a lot of time outdoors and using our rural location to support children's learning.

About the employer

We believe children have the right to flourish as individuals & at Jigsaws they are given the time and opportunity to do just that. Our staff provide an inspiring teaching environment and part of this involves making sure that our children have fresh, healthy and nurturing food, to keep them learning to their full potential. Our vision is to create a place that is secure and values caring and respectful relationships.







LS24 9RF


Helen Smith


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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

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

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