Early Years Apprentice

Type: Apprentice
Region: South West

We currently have a vacancy available for an Early Years Apprentice. If you have a nurturing nature and are passionate about supporting and guiding children to reach their full potential, all whilst obtaining an Early Years qualification, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

As an apprentice you will work alongside an amazing team of Early Years Educators, with years of childcare experience, who will support and guide you throughout your apprenticeship with us.


? 1 night free stay at one of the YMCA Hotels

? 60% discount on childcare fees for children up to 3 years of age

? 20% discount on childcare for children over 3 for non-funded hours

? Free and discounted places for children attending Day Camps

? 28 Days Holiday plus Bank Holidays per year for full-time staff

? Staff Pension

? Free parking

? Free Gym membership – George Williams Centre, Bridgwater or The Beach Hotel Minehead

? Health Insurance for those staff working over 16 hours per week

? Charity Worker’s Discount at certain high street stores

? Training budget

? Monthly raffle

? Mental Health Support

? Access to Occupational Health Assessment

? Discount at our Wedding Venue, Barley Wood

Working Hours: 30 hours working + 7.5 hours studying per week

General information

This apprenticeship is designed to develop your workplace skills and knowledge. It also builds the skills you will need to progress to the Level 3 course and full Early Years Practitioner status.

If you enjoy being around children and helping them learn, then this is your chance to earn whilst you train. Topics you will study include child and young person development, safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, supporting positive behaviour, partnership working in services for children and young people, health and safety, supporting positive environments, child development, practical care, planning and implementing activities, and observation.

Duties and responsibilities

? To provide opportunities for children to learn through play experiences that are cohesive with our practice and the EYFS, utilising the outdoors as much as possible.

? To provide a secure and stimulating environment where children can develop emotionally and intellectually as well as morally, physically, spiritually and socially, at their own pace.

? To help maintain the safety, security and wellbeing of the children in our care.

? To work positively as part of the team, contributing ideas and listening to feedback, to guide development of our practice and care.

Workplace values

The post holder will be expected to operate in line with our workplace values which are;

? Value the Individual – Respect others, ourselves and the people we work with in all that we do

? Giving of our best – Showing commitment in our work and to enable young people

? Caring Deeply – Have a passion for the work we carry out

? Providing Creative Solutions – Show innovation in the approaches we take in supporting young people

? Communicate authentically and truthfully – Show openness in our dealings and approaches to people

Skills/Modules to be covered

As part of this study programme you will develop your maths and English skills, attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID) or Future Academy. You will also complete a work placement or extended industry placement. All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview.

Skills and experience

? Understanding that everyone is different and making sure people who use our services are respected and given the best experience

? Good organisational and administrative skills and the ability to maintain clear and accurate records

? A solution focused approach

? A belief in the value and potential of children and young people as individuals and as a group

? An empathy for and enjoyment of working with children

? A team player but also able to work on own initiative

? Self-motivated and flexible

? Ability to provide emotional and social support whilst promoting learning and respect

? Willingness to learn and accept leadership and mentoring input

? Good communication skills both written and verbal

? Good attendance and punctuality record

? Commitment to providing a high standard of customer care

? A flexible attitude and willing to adapt to new challenges

? Some IT and social media skills


A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-2 with at least two at grade 4 or a qualifying Level 1 qualification. You will also need to be in relevant employment, but we can help you find this. On enrolment your employer will require you to undertake a DBS check.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We are striving to be a care leaver friendly employer, and because of this, if you wish to disclose that you are care experienced, we guarantee you an interview as long as you meet the minimum requirements for the role. Following this, we also offer constructive feedback on your application process.

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