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Early Years Apprentice - Forest Barn, Brentwood

  • Storal
  • Brentwood , Essex
  • £10.50 per hour

At Forest Barn Nursery School every child represents a new and exciting story. You could be part of this story as an Early Years Apprentice, helping to encourage children’s development, independence, self-reliance, initiative and problem-solving skills. Great benefits package including access to Perkbox, 50% childcare & a real focus on wellness.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
    £10.50 p/h
  • Hours
    40.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    15 months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Education & Training
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Early years educator (ST0135)
  • Employer


At Storal each and every child represents a new and exciting story. And everything we do in our growing nursery group is about allowing that story to develop with richness and purpose. By sharing knowledge and ideas across our community of settings, we provide our nurseries with proven and reliable support structures. We empower every member of the team to concentrate on what they really love – understanding children and helping their special stories unfold.

As an Early Years Apprentice, you will be working in partnership with the nursery staff to ensure the daily running of the nursery, adhering to the Policies & Procedures of the Setting and Storal Learning, in compliance with the Children Act, Health and Safety legislation and within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Main responsibilities

• To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times.

• To observe, support and extend children’s learnings;

• To deliver a high standard of learning, development and care for children aged 0-5 years.

• To ensure that the nursery is a safe environment for children, staff and others.

• To develop partnerships with parents/carers to increase involvement in their child’s development.

• To deliver an appropriate play based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that enables

children to make individual progress.

• To help ensure we meet EYFS requirements at all times.

• To understand and work to nursery policies and procedures, including how to deal with child protection issues appropriately and how to respond to incidents, accidents, complaints and emergencies.

• To be a key worker alongside the key person.

• To ensure records are properly maintained, e.g. daily attendance register, accident and incident book, risk assessments, incident forms, daily logs etc.

• To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed, in accordance with the nurseries aims and objectives.

• To complete assignments/tasks set by assessor on time.

• To attend all training as set out in your training agreement.

• To complete training and gain the relevant childcare qualification.

You will help to encourage children’s development, independence, self-reliance, initiative and problem-solving skills by working in a way that promotes inclusivity of all children by ensuring all have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential. You will learn on the job and benefit from having qualified practitioners to mentor you and support you through your qualification.


Salary: Apprenticeship wage during probationary period. Will be moved on to the EYE pay band after you have been assessed as competent and have taken on key person responsibilities and works consistently in ratio. For a level 2 Apprentice it would be £5.28 throughout.

  • 50% childcare discount
  • Performance related pay & annual pay reviews
  • Nursery performance related bonuses
  • Annual wellness day off
  • Access to Perkbox, a platform with a variety of retail and leisure discounts
  • Company sick pay
  • Opportunities for team building and celebrating success including the annual Storal awards
  • Dedicated learning and development support
  • Holidays increasing to 22 days after 2 years’ service and 25 days after 5 years' service
  • Unlimited £500 refer a friend bonus
  • Access to one-to-one confidential counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Programme

For more information about this vacancy please contact Realise on 0333 444 3973 (Ref ID: 242608)

Company website : https://www.storal.com/

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A willingness to learn about the early years sector
  • Interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to use own initiative

GCSE Maths/English or equivalent, or willingness to work towards the required level of functional skills alongside the apprenticeship.

Your full role and responsibilities will be set out by your employer. Storal will provide you with all of the on-the-job training you need to up-skill in your role, and your 20% off-the-job learning will be incorporated as part of your working day.

You will be working towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

• Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

• Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator

• Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid

• Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

This will be delivered through Storal ‘s dedicated training provider, Realise.

Realise is an established training provider that’s enjoying an exciting period of growth following a management buyout and rebrand in late 2020.

  • Ability to learn and embrace quality teaching and learning
  • Reliable enthusiastic and flexible
  • A commitment to quality in all areas, with a high level of
  • motivation and enthusiasm
  • Ability to perform under stress
  • Creative thinker

At Storal we aim to nurture your personal development and extend your opportunities for learning.

Storal Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and

volunteers to share this commitment. All employees will be subject to background checks, enhanced DBS checks

and reference checks.

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