30 May 2024

Are you looking to begin a career in Early Years? YMCA are launching a new Apprenticeship scheme to support individuals who want to invest in their skills and development. As an Early Years Apprentice, you will be supported to deliver the highest quality of care and education in line with YMCA’s Early Years Curriculum, the “YMCA Way” and Ofsted regulations. Whether you have recently finished GCSEs or College courses, you will inspire children’s development by providing exciting, child-led, play-based activities utilising the outdoors wherever possible. Every YMCA Nursery has a quality plan, and you will be expected to assist in identifying areas of development to help the nursery achieve and sustain our Ofsted Outstanding grade. This is an exciting opportunity for candidates with enthusiasm and dedication to making a difference to be valued and guided by experienced Early Years Practitioners.


Job Title: Early Years Apprentice

Qualification: Level 2/3

Hourly rate: £6.40-£8.60

Address: YMCA Andover, Smannell Rd, Andover SP11 6YG

Ofsted rating: Outstanding


Company Description:

At YMCA Nursery Andover, we believe that everyone should have a fair chance to discover who they are and what they can become. Our approach to early years education is rooted in the belief that every child is unique, and it’s our privilege to support them on their journey of self-discovery and growth, nurturing futures every step of the way.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote a nurturing environment whilst engaging with children of all ages and developmental skills, encouraging each child to meet his/her potential by supporting them through learning and play with positive reinforcement and praise.
  • Support children, co-workers and parents alike; deliver stimulating indoor and outdoor activities; complete and record daily observations for children in your care; and plan their next developmental steps in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Comply with policies and procedures outlined by the setting. 
  • Attend training opportunities for personal and professional development as well as the development of the organisation. 
  • Assist in ensuring that the Nursery is a safe environment for children.
  • Embrace the variety of each day, use initiative to keep children engaged and support their emotional needs as they arise. 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Willingness to train to achieve Level 2 and/or 3 qualifications in early years and education.
  • Willingness to train to achieve a Paediatric First Aid qualification
  • A genuine enthusiasm for helping children under 5 achieve their potential.
  • A basic understanding of the developmental needs of children.
  • Basic knowledge of health and safety.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding good practice.
  • Ability to make activities fun.
  • Ability to communicate with children and parents.
  • Can remain child-focussed in a busy environment.
  • Enjoys being part of a team.

If you’re passionate about early childhood education and ready to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you! Join us in nurturing futures and creating a brighter tomorrow for all. Apply now to start your Early Years career.

Early Years Employee Benefits

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Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity that continues to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.

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