Apprentice Teaching Assistant - Early Years Level 2 THE HARMONY TRUST LTD

The Board of Trustees wish to provide an opportunity for an Apprentice Teaching Assistant/Early Years Practitioner who will also support in breakfast club. This will be based at Cottons Farm Primary Academy in Sinfin, Derby.

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Closing date: 31 May 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

    Monday to Friday 08:00 - 15:00. 30-minute lunch break per day. 38 weeks per year (term time only)

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

To work as part of a professional EYFS Team in our Academy

This will include:

  • Supporting the breakfast club
  • Being responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting the observation and assessment of the children.
  • Working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure.
  • Working in partnership with colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals.
  • Having a duty of care and following relevant safeguarding procedures.

The training you will be getting


This apprenticeship will be completed by working 4 days per week onsite with the employer, learning the job role and gaining valuable work experience, and then 1 day per week attending Derby College to complete coursework and assessments.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full-time Teaching Assistant

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Passion for Early Years, Self-reflective, Highly motivated, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

• The role will be Term Time Only and subject to pre-employment checks, including Enhanced DBS. • Please be aware that the entry requirements for this course are GCSEs in English and Maths and Grade C/4 or above. This is an essential criterion for this vacancy. Functional Skills will not be supported alongside this course. • If we are interested in taking your application further, you will receive an email from a Derby College email address ( Please make sure to check your Inbox as well as your Spam/Junk folders, to avoid missing out on this opportunity. Please consider whitelisting the domain in your email system. Failure to respond to emails will lead to withdrawal of your application.

About the employer

We pride ourselves on being a school that nurtures the whole child, where children really do find their own incredible selves. We encourage all our children to believe in themselves- 'if you believe it, you can achieve it!' The school is part of a high performing Trust - The Harmony Trust - and we enjoy working with partners from other schools to raise standards together. The Harmony Trust was established in February 2014 and currently has 15 schools under the Trust umbrella. This brings with it exciting opportunities for career progression and development for existing and future employees. The Harmony Trust has high expectations of our pupils and staff. We have an excellent reputation and are innovative in our aim for educational excellence.




Cotton Farm Primary Academy

Sheridan Street


DE24 9HG

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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


Niall Nanson

01332 387420

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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