Childcare Apprenticeship (level 3) - Orpington


Kent, BR6 7PH

Closes on Wednesday 4 September

Posted on 24 June 2024


Fun is an essential ingredient in all Childbase Partnership nurseries where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as our colleagues who provide them. This is your opportunity to be part of the fun and to join us as an apprentice at our Brinds Well Nursery in Orpington.

Annual wage
£16,136.55 a year

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

Training course
Early years educator (level 3)
This is a full time role and you will work 37.5 hours a week throughout your apprenticeship. You will work varied shifts, usually between the hours of 07:15-18:30 Monday-Friday, so you experience all aspects of the daily routine at nursery.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Friday 4 October


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

This apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to provide outstanding early years care and education. By the end of your apprenticeship with us you will gain:

  • An NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification; there will be an on-line assessment during our shortlisting stage to determine the right level of apprenticeship for you
  • Appropriate functional skills qualifications in maths and English, if you do not already have equivalent qualifications in these subjects when you commence your apprenticeship
  • A paediatric first aid qualification  

Our early years apprenticeship offers you:

  • The opportunity to gain valuable, practical childcare experience, working with children aged 0-5 years in a nursery setting
  • 'Off the job' learning time within your working week which will support your studies
  • A childcare trainer/assessor from our in-house training academy of excellence, who will visit you at the nursery on a regular basis to guide and direct you
  • Group training sessions, with other apprentices from across our partnership, held at our academy in Newport Pagnell; there are 11 sessions as part of the level 3 course
  • A permanent contract subject to you successfully gaining your qualification, where after completion you will be appointed as a qualified Nursery Nurse within our partnership

Where you’ll work

BRINDS WELL DAY NURSERY, Hawstead Lane, Orpington




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:

    • English (grade C/4)
    • maths (grade C/4)

    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
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience

    Other requirements

    For your application to be considered, at the time you apply, you must be able to evidence your NI number and right to work in the UK, have photographic ID (valid passport or driving licence), ideally have access to a computer, been resident in the UK for at least 3 years and be comfortable travelling to the training sessions in Newport Pagnell.

    About this company

    Childbase Partnership, delivering childcare excellence since 1989. Rated ‘World Class’ by Best Companies and a European Business Award winner, the employee-owned Childbase Partnership is on a mission to give children the best possible start in life. That means a commitment to continuously redefine excellence in every area of operation from imaginative, state of the art, age-appropriate play and learning spaces in nurseries to the award-winning training programmes for its early years professionals. A top UK workplace for over a decade, every Childbase Partnership colleague is an employee-owner, invested in ensuring that each and every child in their care is happy, confident and ready to realise their full potential. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    A permanent contract subject to you successfully gaining your qualification, where after completion you will be appointed as a qualified Nursery Nurse within our partnership. Longer term, as a level 3 qualified practitioner, you will be able to progress into roles such as Team Leader, Deputy Manager and Nursery Manager.

    During your apprenticeship with us, you will benefit from:

    • 22 days of annual leave, with the option to buy and sell days
    • Perkbox access offering various retail discounts and reduced ticket prices on days out
    • Fully-paid enhanced DBS check
    • Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments when you are at work
    • Thrive mental health app, employee assistance scheme and occupational health service
    • £1000 ‘recommend a friend’ bonus if you successfully refer someone to come and work for us
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Annual staff conference and awards event, at which individual and team achievements are recognised

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000260147.

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    Closes on Wednesday 4 September

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