Early Years Apprenticeship Cottage Pre-School

The Cottage Pre School, based in Lewes are recruiting for an Early Years Apprentice. The purpose of the role will be to help support the day to day running of the setting, engaging with children, playing alongside them. You will gain knowledge of the Early Years, understanding the EYFS and how this is implemented within the setting.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The position is term time only so you will be paid pro rata for 43.6 weeks of the year. Actual salary is £9919 per year.

  • Working week

    8:30am-3:30pm Monday- Friday (Term Time Only)

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

To engage with children and play alongside them. 

• To work as part of a team

•To support the day to day set up including setting up the room to meet children's needs, and tidying away at the end of the each day. 

•To be willing to learn the basics of the EYFS to support our setting 

• To help prepare and serve food along with support from manager or other staff.

The training you will be getting

  • As part of the apprenticeship you will complete the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship standard. You will receive a grade Pass or Distinction on completion.
  • In addition to the apprenticeship standard you will complete Level 1 Functional Skills in maths and English, if you don't have GCSEs grades C/4 or above or equivalent. The delivery will take place in the workplace and the final exams at one of East Sussex College's campuses. You will then be upskilled to Level 2.
  • The apprenticeship will be delivered fully in the workplace, and you will have assessor meetings every 4-6 weeks and workplace reviews every 10-12 weeks to monitor your progress. There will also be monthly workshops.
  • The employer will also consider applications from those that want to complete the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship. For those wishing to study at Level 3, you must have a few years’ experience of working in a childcare setting and/or a Level 2 Childcare qualification.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There will be a full time position after the apprenticeship, with opportunities to further career within the setting.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Enjoys working with children


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

Things to consider

Within walking distance of Lewes town centre (Bus route and train station) 25-30 minute walk away. We have a large car park onsite (free). There is a shop within 10 minute walk from the setting and a large park opposite. Everyone is entitled to a 20 minute break each day, and an hour a week to catch up on paperwork. The apprentice will receive 6 hours a week to complete course work within the setting. We are a small team of 6 and use Whatapp to communicate outside of work. We often arrange staff get togethers a couple of times year, usually Christmas and end of year celebrations. This is optional to attend but a great way to get to know each other as staff.

About the employer

At Cottage we are a charity run setting and take children aged from 2-4 years. We are term time only setting opening 9-3 for the children Monday- Friday. We are a small team and we work from 8:30-3:30 and we all get on well with different skills and experiences that we each bring to the team. We are a pack away setting and operate in a large hall, we also have large outdoor space that is owned by us. We follow the EYFS and ensure the room is set up with all areas in mind using a wide range of resources. We rely on lots of fundraising to support our setting and hold different events throughout the year to support this. We use Tapestry within our setting to share the children’s learning and development with their families. We offer lots of training opportunities to support staffs ongoing development. Work tops and sweatshirts are provided upon starting, you are free to wear comfortable lower half attire as long as it’s smart with no holes, we recommend comfortable trousers like joggers or jeans/ shorts in the summer and comfortable footwear, such as trainers. As a team we are all enthusiastic and love sharing ideas and supporting each other to ensure we provide the best learning and care to all our children.


Cottage Pre-School






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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


Katie Parris


030 300 39871

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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