The Early Years Apprentice will be working with a small team and responsible for ensuring the well- being and educational needs of preschool children are fulfilled. They will learn to plan activities for children following the Early Years Foundation Stage and record observations and assessments based on knowledge of child development.

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Closing date: 12 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The Apprentice will start at the Apprenticeship minimum rate (£224.00 per week). But the pay rate will be reviewed termly with relation to an incremental increase based on attitude to the work and increasing knowledge and competence in the role.

    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

    This Apprenticeship vacancy is a Term Time Only post. Working week is Monday to Friday each week. Start time 08:15 AM Finish time 15:15 PM (each day)

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To deliver an appropriate play based Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which enables children to achieve.

  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, conducive to learning by assisting in the planning and organization of activities and the delivery thereof on a daily basis, thereby helping to structure and support each child’s learning.

  • To gain a knowledge of and ability to implement playschool’s policies. To gain a knowledge and understanding of playschool’s Equal Opportunities policy and to learn how to implement it. To have a knowledge and understanding of playschool’s Health and Safety policy, the procedures for ‘fire drills’, ‘recording of accidents’, ‘attendance register’, ‘first aid treatment’, and arrangements for contacting  parents/carers.

  • To aid in the preparation of playschool prior to each days session and ensure the setting is a safe environment for children, staff and others.

  • To attend apprenticeship training and complete all assignments set.

  • To liaise with mentor/assessor.

  • To attend associated training sessions when requested outside of playschools normal working day.

  • To work with all members of staff as part of a team, maintaining good relationships and to report to the playschool leader.

  • To be involved with special events and outings.

  • To liaise with parents / carers sensitively.

The training you will be getting

  • ·        A high level of support with monthly tutor visits and taught lessons
  • ·        Work alongside qualified professionals whilst undertaking on the job training
  • ·        At the end of the course a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification will be awarded
  • Functional Skills, if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Successful completion of this apprenticeship would lead to a permanent position in the preschool when the qualifications and standard is achieved and progression. 
  • The apprentice will also attend all relevant training courses in the setting to further develop their knowledge

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, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired

Things to consider

The employer will check the criminal record of the successful applicant. This is known as getting an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ) check because applicants will be working with children. Being physically active and healthy is an advantage in this kind of occupation.

About the employer

At Burniston & Cloughton Pre School, we wholeheartedly believe in the magic of inclusivity and equality. Our playschool is a space where every child, including those with special educational needs, is embraced and supported. We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, fostering an environment where every little learner progresses at their own pace across all areas of development. Our commitment goes beyond the classroom; we work closely with professionals specialising in various special needs. Operating in alignment with the government's code of practice on special educational needs, we ensure that each child receives personalised care and attention. We understand that every child is different, and we encourage open communication. If you would like to discuss your child's needs, our playschool leader is here for you. Let's embark on this journey together, ensuring that every child's path is filled with joy, learning, and endless possibilities!







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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


Phil Armitt


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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