Early Years Apprentice Dorset Council

We are seeking to appoint an Apprentice as part of our Early Years Foundation Stage team. The successful candidate will be friendly, helpful and enthusiastic to support and care for nursery pupils aged 2 – 4 years old, attending to their daily needs, learning opportunities and preparing them to be ready to start school in a reception class.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    After first year it is National Minimum 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

    Working hours: 30-hours a week, working everyday Monday to Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm, one of which will be day release as part of an Early Years Practitioner course. 39 weeks per year, term time only

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learn how to support and foster children’s development and early education in a team within a school Early Years setting
  • Carry out planned activities under the guidance, direction and supervision of the Teacher in Nursery
  • Be a member of the team providing high-quality childcare provision
  • Keep and maintain records as directed by the Teacher
  • Share responsibility for the care, presentation, display, safety, organisation and appearance of the facilities and equipment
  • Read, discuss and implement all policies

The training you will be getting

The apprentice will work 4 days in setting each week and 1 day will be a study day at the Training Centre (term time only). The Training Centre is located in Dorchester, Dorset. The qualification to achieve is the L3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator), as well as Paediatric First Aid, and Functional Skills if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

If a vacancy arises following completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will be encouraged to apply for the post.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Willing to learn, Friendly


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired

About the employer

Primary School with a Nursery that provides Early Years Foundation Stage education for children from age 2 years-old until they transfer to a Reception class when they start school.


Dorset Council


Holy Trinity CofE Primary School & Community Nursery

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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


Joy Scadden



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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