Childcare Apprenticeship (level 2) - Welwyn Garden City CHILDBASE PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

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 Rowan Tree Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 04 Sep 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice hourly pay rate of £6.55. This will increase to £10.00 an hour after 6 months

  • Working week

    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 7.15am - 6.30pm Monday - Friday, so you experience all aspects of the daily routine at nursery. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a childcare apprentice, your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Work as part of a team to create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments across the nursery, plan and implement opportunities to enhance children’s development, and complete observations linked to the early years curriculum
  • Interact positively with all nursery users and work in partnership with colleagues and parents to ensure all children’s individual needs are met at all times whilst they are in your care
  • Adhere to nursery routines and policies and to seek guidance from your leadership team as required
  • Successfully manage your time to ensure you submit your coursework by the deadlines set by your assessor / tutor

The training you will be getting

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:

  • A NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 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

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 8 sessions as part of the level 2 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

What to expect at the end of your 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. More longer term, if you go on to gain a level 3 qualification, you will be able to progress in to roles such as Team Leader, Deputy Manager and Nursery Manager.

During your apprenticeship with us, you will benefit from:

  • 23 Days of annual leave plus bank holidays, 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

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

Things to consider

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, ideally have photographic ID (valid passport or driving licence), 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 the employer

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.




Rowan Tree Day Nursery

9 Guessens Road

Welwyn Garden City


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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

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

Employer's Application Instructions

Once you've submitted your application, you will be asked to answer some initial eligibility questions by email, after which a screening telephone call will be arranged for you. Upon successful completion of initial screening, there will be an online assessment for you to complete, so we can check what level of apprenticeship is most suitable for you. A visit to the nursery will follow, at which, you will be able to look around, meet some of the team and engage in an interview.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Sep 2024