Childcare NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship

Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery (trading name)

Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4EX

Closes on Monday 26 August

Posted on 22 May 2024


Helping to oversee, maintain & organise a clean, tidy, child-friendly environment. Supervise activities, such as messy play, crafts, & cooking, reading & outdoor/physical pursuits. Working as a team member to provide at all times a safe, caring, stimulating environment for the children, in line with Early Years Foundation Stage.

Annual wage
£9,984 to £17,846.40 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Early years educator (level 3)
Lunch break length: 45 mins. Start Time: 7.30am. Finish Time: 6pm.

30 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 September


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • The candidate will receive a Early Years Educator Level 3 qualification
  • This training will be conducted primarily at the employer’s site/workplace
  • Functional skills in English and maths *If required*
  • First aid
  • The performance coach for this area will visit the learner every 8-12 weeks but the learner will be expected to submit work inbetween this time

Where you’ll work

Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery

Kings Academy Prospect

Cockney Hill

Tilehurst, Reading

RG30 4EX


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Early years educator (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Recognise when a child or a colleague is in danger or at risk of abuse and act to protect them in line with safeguarding policy and procedure.
  • Apply legislation, policy and procedure to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of children in the setting (for example, food safety, diets, starting solid food, allergies, COSHH, and accidents, injuries, and emergencies).
  • Apply the principles of risk assessment and risk management within documentation and practice.
  • Teach children to develop skills to manage risk and maintain their own and others safety.
  • Use a range of communication methods, including technology, with other professionals to meet the individual needs of the child.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional, collaborative relationships with others involved in the education and care of the child.
  • Undertake the role and responsibilities of key person.
  • Recognise and apply theories of attachment to develop effective relationships with children.
  • Provide sensitive and respectful personal care for children from birth to 5 years.
  • Advocate for all children’s needs, including children which require SEND or EAL support.
  • Promote and facilitate children’s interpersonal communication to develop their social interactions and relationships.
  • Support children to develop a positive sense of their own identity and culture.
  • Support children to understand and respond to their emotions and make considered choices about their behaviours.
  • Assess the responsiveness of the environment for effective child-centred experiences in line with curriculum requirements.
  • Create inclusive, child-centred, dynamic, innovative, and evolving physical environments both indoors and outdoors.
  • Create inclusive and supportive emotional environment that enables the child to feel safe, secure, respected and experience a sense of wellbeing; maintaining and prioritising the individual child’s voice.
  • Apply strategies that support children’s ability to manage change, transition, and significant events.
  • Analyse observation evidence to assess and plan holistic individual learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the child’s needs and interests.
  • Facilitate and support child-centred opportunities and experiences based on the setting's curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Provide adult led opportunities and experience based on the setting's curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Use reflection to develop themselves both professionally and personally.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths, English and IT (grade 5 or above)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


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

    Other requirements

    Ability to remain calm with young children. Common sense to provide a safe caring environment for young children. Ability to observe and teach children through play. Positive attitude to caring for young vulnerable children. Ability to communicate with other team members to ensure children are safeguarded at all times. Enhanced DBS check will be required. We will arrange for a Paediatric First Aid Certification.

    About this company

    The business is well established in the area and currently provides care to a number of children from a variety of areas and backgrounds, in fun and nurturing surroundings. You'll be joining an existing team of between 20, and will report to Nursery Manager and Room Leaders. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Professional career in childcare. We promote internally based on ability and team working.

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000252564.

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    Closes on Monday 26 August

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