Nursery Apprentice Garden Cottage Nursery

An exciting opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day organisation of a nursery, in order to provide a high-quality play and learning environment for the children. The right candidate will help to establish an ethos where children are encouraged to express views, formulate rules and contribute to the planning and organisation of the day.

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Closing date: 14 Jul 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 - Friday, 8.00am - 3.30pm. Total hours per week: 30 hours a week.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    20 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Ensure close supervision of all children within the nursery at all times
  • Ensure that parents/carers are well informed of their children’s progress and are always welcome in the setting
  • Providing a high-quality play and learning environment for the children, help to ensure that the staff are properly deployed and that they are interacting appropriately with the children to meet their individual physical and developmental needs
  • To support other practitioners in their daily practice
  • Make secure bonds with children and help others to do so,
    particularly when settling new children
  • Attend and participate in regular supervision meetings with the Nursery Manager and contribute to appraisals
  • Ensure that all room practices, procedures, and planning are
    implemented to deliver inclusive anti discriminatory practice
  • Be willing to carry out any other duties commensurate with post

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard qualification
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification
  • Functional Skills in English and maths, if required
  • 1 day a month online session with a trainer

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possibility of securing a permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

Garden Cottage Nursery is set in the idyllic surroundings of the Kent College Junior school in Harbledown, just 5 minutes from the centre of Canterbury. The nursery provides a caring foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow in a safe, secure and happy environment. The staff believe that ‘every child is unique’ and deserves the best possible start in life. They carefully support children in order that they fulfil their full potential. They understand that children learn in different ways and deliver the curriculum using a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching styles and approaches within a thematic approach. They plan learning opportunities around the children’s level of interest. Making the exciting, natural outdoor environment accessible to children at all times is a wonderful way for them to encounter creatures, plants and objects in real life situations and undertake practical experiments.


Garden Cottage Nursery


Kent College Junior School

Church Hill



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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

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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