Apprentice Early Years Educator

Little Gnomies


Closes in 11 days (Sunday 4 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 9 July 2024


Little Gnomies are looking for a Forest School Childminding Assistant to care for children and the day to day running of the business. As an apprentice you will support with children's development, plan activities, ensure hygiene and health and safety standards are followed, and follow safeguarding and confidentiality principles at all times.

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)
Working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Daily hours are 07:30 or 08:00- 17:30. 30 minute lunch break per day.

30 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 1 October


2 Years

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

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Emergency Paediatric First Aid (mandatory requirement for the overall qualification) 

For the End Point Assessment (EPA) apprentices will undertake an observation with questioning, and a professional discussion underpinned by the portfolio.

Apprentices must attend college sessions once per fortnight at the Ipswich Road campus, located near Norwich city centre.

Where you’ll work





NR14 7PL


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:

    • GCSE English (grade 4/C)
    • GCSE Maths (grade 4/C)

    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
    • Listening skills
    • Observational skills
    • Writing skills
    • Love of nature and outdoors
    • Commitment
    • Strong work ethic
    • Approachable
    • Responsible

    Other requirements

    A passion for the outdoors and nature is needed. Candidates must be happy to work outside in all weathers. The ability to drive would be good but candidates must be able to get to and from work. There is a bus stop nearby but public transport can be unreliable at times. Candidates must also be motivated and able to think on their feet as we are led by the children. Candidates must have at least GCSE grade 4/ C in English and Maths, or the Level 2 Functional Skills equivalent before they join the apprenticeship, otherwise they will not be accepted. Applicants who are currently undertaking or sitting GCSEs should include their predicted grades on their application. If successful for this position, you will be offered a conditional place on the apprenticeship, subject to you meeting the entry requirements listed above. The course will last for 18 months, plus there will be an additional 6 months for the End Point Assessment period. The total length of this apprenticeship programme is 24 months.

    About this company

    Little Gnomies is a forest school childminding business. Ages vary from 2 years to 10 years. We offer daycare, busy after-school and super fun holiday clubs. We are largely based outside with a huge amount of outdoor space, including a lovely woodland area as well as indoor playrooms. As a nursery we have a child- led and gentle approach.

    After this apprenticeship

    A position may be available for the right candidate following successful completion of the apprenticeship. The business is looking for somebody who wants to develop and gain a full- time position following their apprenticeship.  

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Apprenticeships Team


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000262946.

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    Closes in 11 days (Sunday 4 August at 11:59pm)

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