Early Years Apprentice - Paddocks Nursery, Wiveliscombe Somerset Council

We are looking to appoint a Level 3 Early Years Apprentice. The role will consist of planning activities for a range of children from 6 months – 4 years old, following our nursery curriculum and children’s routines, communicating with parents and becoming a keyworker, and preparing the children’s snacks.

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Closing date: 19 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).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday with varying hours between 8am and 6pm. All year round.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Providing high quality childcare for children, which includes a wide range of activities and opportunities to enable children to achieve their full potential.
  • Assist in the provision of a warm caring environment for children and their families, accessible to all.
  • Integrate children and parents with disabilities, sensitively and positively into the setting, promoting participation in a range of quality activities.
  • Liaise closely with all members of the staff team to ensure childcare provision links to the Early Years Foundation Stage, requiring knowledge and application of this.
  • Assist in the provision of a high quality play through planning, effective room organisation and provision of Resources.
  • Support other staff to develop a high quality play environment both indoors and outdoors which meets each child’s individual needs, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Liaise with parents/carers to highlight the needs of their children and sharing developmental information on a regular basis with other professionals.
  • Daily supervision and care of a number of children including taking care of children’s personal needs and encouraging self-help and social skills. 
  • Laying up for meals, supervision of meals, clearing and cleaning away after meals.
  • Assist in ensuring the maintenance of adequate standards of cleanliness and hygiene for children attending the setting.
  • Have an overall knowledge of and provide a service which values and respects; the race, religion, language, culture and needs of all the children and families using the provision.
  • To be aware and work within the Health and Safety framework, policies, procedures, guidelines and legislation to include fire drills.
  • To provide flexibility in covering and care at short notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

The training you will be getting

  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard
  • Level 3 Early Years Educator plus Paediatric First aid qualifications
  • Functional skills in maths & English (Level 2) (if required)
  • You will attend college once a fortnight

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Fully qualified and will be able to apply for a permanent role if available. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Literacy skills, Good time management, Hard working, Maintaining records, Observe and monitor progress


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

About the employer

The Paddocks Nursery and Pre-school is a purpose-built facility and opened in 2008. In 2014 Wiveliscombe Primary School took over the management of the nursery and we benefit from shared expertise and educational values.


Somerset Council


Croft Way




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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


Emma Harper


01823 424603

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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