Nursery Practitioner Apprenticeship UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER

The role of an early year’s practitioner is extremely rewarding. We are looking for a hardworking and enthusiastic person who is willing to learn, develop and progress within this exciting field. This role will enable you to shape and encourage a child's holistic development within a friendly environment.

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Closing date: 03 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,480.00 to £22,308.00

    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, exact shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will: 

  • Work as part of the nursery team to provide high quality care and education for children aged 9 months to five years. 
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to plan purposeful play in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children’s interests, practitioner and parents’ observations. 
    Liaise with parents on a daily basis, in the best interests of their child. 
  • Set out play and creative activities in an attractive and appealing manner, including imaginative play areas. 
  • Provide varied story time and music sessions relevant to each age group. 
  • Have regard for safeguarding, health and safety at all times, following the nursery policy and procedures and current legislation. 
  • Be hard working and committed to helping each child reach their full potential. 
  • Evaluate all nursery activities on a regular basis and use any information observed accordingly, informing others if necessary. 
  • Be interested in continuous professional development to further own knowledge and development and that of the setting. 
  • Use your knowledge and training within the setting to further personal knowledge and understanding. 

The training you will be getting

Training to be provided:

  • In-house training, plus the candidate will follow a Level 3 Apprenticeship programme and study towards an Early Years Practitioner Educator Level 3 qualification. This training will be structured and delivered by Cheshire College – South & West.
  • You will also gain a qualification in paediatric first aid.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • A full-time level 3 nursery practitioner position will be available to the successful candidate on completion of their level 3 qualification. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Hardworking, Enthusiasm and willingness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) Desired
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Early Years (Grade Pass) Essential

About the employer

The day nursery is situated within the University of Chester Creative campus, within easy travelling distance of the city centre, motorway connections and public transport. It is independently run by a friendly and supportive team. As an employee of the University of Chester, you will have access to an extensive benefits package, which includes but it not limited to Access to the University’s training directory Opportunities to observe/attend relevant Early Years sessions delivered by academic colleagues in the School of Education, as part of your ‘off the job’ training Continuous professional development A salary structure which includes automatic annual increments within your pay grade, once the apprenticeship has been completed Generous annual leave allowance, including time off between Christmas and New Year Dedicated HR team Access to sports facilities Health and wellbeing support A comprehensive Employee Benefits Platform.








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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


Sophie Cain


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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