Apprentice Early Years Educator, Chelmsford 01BR


Essex, CM1 1RN

Closes on Monday 2 September

Posted on 3 July 2024


The role of the Early Years Apprentice is to help ensure all children receive outstanding quality care and education and support families to thrive. Meeting the children’s individual needs, creating an enriched learning environment and working alongside the Nursery Leadership Team to implement and promote the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Annual wage
£21,000 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

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

Training course
Early years educator (level 3)
Monday - Friday on a rota basis. Working hours will fall within the opening hours of the nursery 7.00am - 6.00pm.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 3 September


1 Year 3 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

Our aim is to help you achieve your Level 3 Early Years Diploma, (which includes: Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF).

Or complete a first aid course delivered by one of the following types of organisations as per the EYFS requirements.

Functional skills if required.

Voluntary aid society, member of trade body with an approval and monitoring system, or acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive), giving you qualified Early Years Educator status within 12 months.

From here, it is possible to specialise in areas such as special educational needs, disability, speech and language or become the manager of one of our day nursery schools. The Level 3 Diploma can also be used as a stepping-stone towards: Level 5 Diploma in Leadership Honours Degree in Early Years Early Years Teacher (EYITT) or Primary Teacher (QTS).

On and off the job training and location to be confirmed.

Where you’ll work

Seymour House

140 Broomfield 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.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English Literature and / or Language (grade at least C / grade 4)
    • Maths (grade at least C / grade 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
    • Patience

    About this company

    Founded in 1988, we have over 30 years' experience in care, education and preparing children for school. This history has enabled us to invest in our team, resources and environment to give children the best possible start. Our fantastic team of Educators and Teachers have achieved outstanding Ofsted judgements at all our ten nursery schools. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    We will support you to achieve your level 3 diploma, giving you qualified Early Years Educator status. 

    From here, you can develop your career at Seymour House, opting for a managerial route or you can specialise in areas that excite you such as; special educational needs, disability, speech and language.

    The Level 3 Diploma can also be used as a stepping-stone towards:

    • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership
    • Honours Degree in Early Years
    • Early Years Teacher (EYITT) or Primary Teacher (QTS)

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Katherine Cooper

    01245 492642

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000262250.

    Apply now

    Closes on Monday 2 September

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