15 November 2023

Apprenticeship Job Title:                  Early Years Practitioner Apprentice



Little Ladybirds Childcare




61 Meadow Street,

Market Harborough,

LE16 7JY


Daily Working Hours:

Monday to Friday, shifts between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Weekly Hours:


Hourly Rate:

National Apprenticeship Rate for 1st 12 months:

Increasing to NMW for age after 12 months.


Apprenticeship Qualification:            Early Years Practitioner Level 2 or Early Years Educator Level 3

Apprenticeship Duration:                   16 months

Level 2 Units Covered:

·         Exploring roles and opportunities

·         Supporting SEN or disabilities

·         Supporting effective communication

·         Supporting health and safety

·         Child development up to 7 years

·         Working with parents and professionals

·         Supporting activities and educational programmes

·         Promoting wellbeing

·         Safeguarding young children


Level 3 Units Covered:

·         Continued professional development

·         Speech and language

·         Equality and diversity

·         Partnership working

·         Planning and implementing activities for children

·         Learning development, observations, and theories

·         Safeguarding

·         Supporting positive behaviour

·         Health, safety, and welfare

·         Transitions

How does the Apprenticeship work?


As an Apprentice, you will be employed, just like anyone else at the company, the difference is that you will be studying towards a qualification.


You’ll spend a minimum of 6 hours a week (of your total working hours) in a number of different Training, Learning & Development Activities that all develop your Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours in line with your Apprenticeship Qualification. These will include (for example) staff meetings, online courses, shadowing other team members, as well as a monthly online (via MS Teams) study workshop, basically a lesson, with your Tutor, lasting between 2 and 3 hours, during which you will be taught a particular subject / topic / module.


Any work that you are set within this session is then expected to be complete for the next month’s session. You will be given time each week to do this within your working day/week – so no homework!! This will all prepare you for your End Point Assessment (EPA) once you have completed all the learning required.  As CT Skills is a training provider, all our vacancies are for immediate starts so please consider this when you are applying.



About the Employer: Little Ladybirds Childcare

Little Ladybirds Childcare is centrally located in Market Harborough and in close proximity to The Ridgeway Primary Academy. We have a designated playroom which is fully equipped with toys, books, arts, and crafts & learning materials. We are lucky to have a spacious garden to the rear with a bark chip play area, sandpit, mud kitchen, playhouse, slide, and double swing set. On our grassed area, for budding footballers, there is a goal net.

About the Role:

We are looking for a caring and enthusiastic person to train as an Early Years Practitioner in an established quality childcare service. No formal qualifications are required, although any experience of working with children would be desirable. The successful candidate must be reliable, trustworthy, and hardworking. You will be required to plan and take part in play-based activities, support children’s learning and development, assist with personal care as well as assist with general day requirements of the setting.


And Day to Day? …. You will be Responsible for:

The main duty within this role is to promote the physical, social, and emotional development of each child within your remit and contribute towards their care and supervision.

Remember – Childcare is not a 9-5 job. It is very important that you have a passion for working with young children. The role will be lots of fun, but it is still very important to remain professional. There will be lots to learn but don’t worry you won’t be expected to know everything from day one. The most important thing in this role will be that you are motivated to learn and excited to engage with children on a daily basis. If you’re still reading this and want to apply, then we want to hear from you!

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Supported supervision of children aged 0-11.
  • Supervising and monitoring the safety of the children.
  • Feeding and changing the children, as needed.
  • Planning day to day activities.
  • Building strong relationships with parents.
  • Keeping records of children’s progress, routines, and interests.
  • Tidying up play/food area after children.

Skills Required:


·         Communication

·         Attention to detail                          

·         Team working   

·         Creativity

·         Initiative             

·         Problem Solving

·         Non judgemental            

·         Presentation

·         Patience              

·         Numeracy



Minimum Qualifications Required e.g.:

·     GCSE – English and Maths (Grade C or above)


And the Long-Term Opportunities?

As with any apprenticeship opportunity – if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team there could be the potential of a permanent post within the business.

Work Level
Level 2
Employment Type
Full Time
£5.28 per hour
Little Ladybirds Childcare
Apprenticeship Course
Early Years Practitioner Level 2 or Early Years Educator Level 3
16 months
CT Skills
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