Apprentice Early Years Educator

Invitation 2 Play


Closes in 5 days (Tuesday 23 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 21 June 2024


This is a fabulous opportunity for an apprentice to come and join our highly qualified team. We continually invest in our staff through long-term qualification routes, short courses and in-house training. This provides opportunities to further their knowledge and development, maintaining their motivation, commitment, and enjoyment of their roles.

Annual wage
£13,312 to £23,795.20 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)
Monday to Friday - working hours between 7.30am and 6.00pm, on a rota basis. Shifts to be confirmed.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 5 August


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

  • Apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator standard qualification.
  • You will be supported via an agreed training plan. Training will be discussed at enrolment and will include input from the employer, training provider and apprentice.
  • The apprentice will receive monthly workplace or virtual visits with a dedicated assessor.
  • Paediatric first aid qualification

Where you’ll work





M33 5NE


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.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 4/C or above)
    • Maths (grade 4/C or above)

    Desirable qualifications

    Other in:

    • Early Years Practitioner (grade Level 2)

    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
    • Team working
    • Motivated
    • Positive attitude
    • Enthusiastic
    • Punctual
    • Hardworking
    • Flexible
    • Energetic

    Other requirements

    There will be lots of lifting the children from birth to 5 years and standing and running and playing for 10hrs a day. We have to clean up after the children and we will be outside in all weathers except thunder! We need to be able to read a book upside down, to enjoy mud pies and sandy cups of tea, to be in the moment with the children and to sing row row row your boat 20 times enthusiastically! You will need to provide two forms of ID and will be expected to provide a clear DBS.

    About this company

    We are a family-run nursery in Trafford situated within Carrington Lane Methodist Church. We offer care for children, from newborn babies to children aged 5 years, and provide a range of age-appropriate resources and activities to encourage their development right up until they are ready to join school. We follow the Curiosity Approach at Invitation 2 Play, and we are the first Curiosity Approach Accredited nursery in Trafford! We also have a qualified teacher on site 51 weeks a year and each room and age group has a focused 'Teacher Time' Activity time slot every week. Our philosophy is based on creating awe and wonder in the Early Years, which we implement through exploration and learning. By blending indoor and outdoor classrooms and environments in a home-away-from-home environment, we are able to create a space where children feel empowered, curious and ready to learn. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • After successful completion of your apprenticeship a position for full time practitioner may be available.

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000259690.

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    Closes in 5 days (Tuesday 23 July at 11:59pm)

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