Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprentice - Explorers @ Wylam EXPLORERS NE LIMITED

Explorers@Wylam are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join their team at their forest nursery in Wylam. The apprentice will be working with experienced members of staff to support with learning on the job and working towards Early Years Educator Level 3 Standard with Northumberland Skills. Duties include: managing a safe learning environment, being committed to keeping the children safe and behaving professionally.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - 30 hours per week. Nursery is open 7.00am - 6.00pm but expected to be 8.30am - 4.30pm. Total hours per week: 30 hours a week

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Manage a safe learning environment
  • Be committed to keeping the children safe and behaving professionally
  • Be part of a supportive, happy culture and behaviour management strategy that enables children to achieve their potential
  • With support, work towards being a Key Worker, committed to creating trusting and open relationships with parents / carers and children
  • Learn the Key Worker role, observing, assessing, and identifying next steps for the children in your care
  • Learn to create an accurate picture of your Key Worker children using Tapestry, summative reports and their file
  • Contribute to the monitoring of the EYFS curriculum to ensure suitable opportunities are provided for the learners in all areas of the curriculum
  • Offer a variety of experiences and activities to ensure that the diverse needs of learners are met
  • Work with colleagues to assess and report on the development and progress of learners
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, parents / carers, professionals and the wider community to ensure the best experiences for the children
  • Set challenges and activities for pupils absent from nursery if requested
  • Ensure the learning environment and the wider nursery is clean and well managed
  • Put resources away after use, ensuring they are stored appropriately
  • Have excellent time-keeping and organisation
  • Be approachable, friendly and able to communicate effectively at all times
  • Respect the confidentiality of sensitive family and nursery information
  • Have high standards of professional conduct, representing the nursery in the best possible light
  • Follow direction from your line manager
  • Actively identify and contribute to cleaning, food preparation and washing duties ensuring morning and evening checklists are complete as required.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English if required
  • Paediatric First Aid.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time employment depending on the outcome of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

This role is based in Wylam, you must be able to travel to this location. Training will take place once every 3 weeks in Prudhoe, you must also be able to travel to this location.

About the employer

Our Nursery is set within beautiful private grounds on the edge of Wylam, Northumberland. Our days follow the flow of the children alongside the stimulus of the ever changing environment. We allow the children freedom to explore, play and be themselves, whilst being at one with nature. We have a permanent camp on the site, with many areas including a fire circle, mud kitchen and yurt where we support children in their play/learning and enable them to be as creative as their imaginations allow. Origins: The development of Forest School in the U.K. happened due to on going movement of Forest School in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia where an outside pre-school culture of ‘frulitsliv’ had become embedded. A group of nursery nurses visited Denmark and soon established their own version of Forest School back in Somerset. Three years later the college where they were working began offering a qualification in Forest School which was soon operating throughout England and Wales with the support of the Forestry Commission.






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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


Amy Greer



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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