Childcare Apprenticeship


Ilford, IG1 3AF

Closes on Sunday 1 September

Posted on 1 July 2024


•Working in a childcare setting with children ranging from ages 0–5. •You will be working towards an Advanced Diploma Early Years Educator qualification •Your apprenticeship will last for 14 months •This apprenticeship requires dedication, commitment & punctuality for you to be successful

Annual wage
£9,984 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)
Apprentices are required to be flexible to meet the needs of the business, and punctuality is key. Working as part of a team and using own initiative are essential.The average working week will be 30 plus hours, Monday-Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

30 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 15 September


1 Year 2 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

  • You will be working towards an Advanced Diploma Early Years Educator qualification
  • Your apprenticeship will last for 14 months, where you will be supported by a dedicated assessor throughout your apprenticeship, as well as a mentor and other staff within the nursery
  • This apprenticeship requires dedication, commitment & punctuality for you to be successful
  • This apprenticeship will open doors to a variety of future roles & career paths within the childcare sector.
  • Training will take place in the workplace
  • You will need to attend online training with your assessor for 10 days out of your 13-month apprenticeship, for your classroom-based learning and you will be working within the nursery for the rest of the time with the support of your dedicated childcare assessor
  • You will complete a qualification in paediatric first aid
  • You will need to attend online training with your Tutor for 1 day a week for the first 8 weeks of the apprenticeship. A laptop/PC will be essential for your online classroom-based learning

Where you’ll work

81-85 York Road




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.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths & English (grade C/4 or above)

    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
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    You will need to attend online training with your Tutor for 1 day a week for the first 8 weeks of the apprenticeship. A laptop/PC will be essential for your online classroom-based learning. You will be working the remainder of the time within the nursery with the support of your dedicated childcare assessor and the staff in the nursery. Vacancy Description: • Supporting the development of the childcare provision. • Providing an excellent range of activities that ensures the child learns whilst having fun. • Assisting in meeting Ofsted requirements. • Being a team player. • Providing challenging and stimulating activities for children appropriately. Responsibility for equal opportunity in delivery. • Supporting children’s learning and development. • Supporting children’s self-help needs. • Being creative and enthusiastic. • Following safeguarding rules and regulations.

    About this company

    Our nursery is situated in a well-liked area of Ilford. Catering to the needs of families in the area, we offer exceptional childcare and education for babies and young children, spanning from three months to five years old. Our doors are open year-round, Monday to Friday, providing a reliable and consistent service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Christmas week, the summer break, and bank holidays. At Sunflower, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing and enriching environment for the growth and development of every child in our care. We acknowledge that making childcare decisions can be a challenging task. To ensure you choose the best nursery for your needs, we highly recommend booking a viewing. If you’re interested and would like to arrange a visit to our nursery, please feel free to contact us via email or telephone. Alternatively, you are welcome to drop by the nursery in person, where our team would be more than happy to assist you and provide any information you may need. We look forward to welcoming you and showcasing the warm and nurturing environment we offer at our Nursery. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Developing into a Level 3 practitioner, with the potential of a full time position upon successful completion. Other prospects could include applying for:

    • Room Leader positions
    • Possible management training
    • Springboard into primary education
    • Paediatric nursing
    • Continuous development in current nursery setting

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Stuart Beer


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000261722.

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    Closes on Sunday 1 September

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