Early Years Apprentice

Salary: £13,348.61 per annum

Location: Sandwich, Kent

Contract/Hours: Fixed Term/Full Time (18 months) – 40 hours per week


  • 25 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts.

We are an award-winning childcare brand, who offer extended childcare services from birth to 14 years through our Spring Nurseries and Out of School Clubs across the United Kingdom. Our commitment lies in providing seamless childcare solutions for every step of a child’s journey.

Our mission is to give children a healthy start in life, by providing them with the support, knowledge, and nurturing they need to thrive, ensuring a lasting positive impact. We are fully committed to the ongoing professional development of our teams by supporting career progression through our unique career pathway.

Join us and you can look forward to:

  • A kind, caring workplace with a strong focus on wellbeing.
  • A Personalised training package in line with our career pathway
  • Competitive benefits package.
  • Career progression opportunities once you have qualified

The Nursery

St Bart’s has been a part of the Sandwich community for 20 years and we are looking for an Early Years Apprentice to join our team. The team offer high-quality education to children up to the age of 11, the nursery is housed in a beautiful Grade 2 listed Manor House situated on a spacious one-acre property. All our children have access to a stimulating and secure outdoor environment where they can engage in exploration and play. The rooms in our nursery are designed to be cozy and welcoming, with ample natural light streaming in. We have a forest school and have dedicated coordinators for physical activities and nutrition. Our staff members are highly qualified, and we provide a range of enriching activities throughout the day, including baby ballet sessions and multi-sport programs. We have a chef who prepares fresh, nutritious meals daily on site. We have strong partnerships with local schools to support smooth transitions for our children, and our out-of-school program offers a convenient pick-up service. At St Bart’s, our goal is to create a caring and nurturing environment where children can learn and develop to their fullest potential.

In the role of Apprentice you will;

  • Work alongside nursery practitioners, helping to support children’s development.
  • Help plan and set up activities for a range of children with support of the team.
  • Develop good relationships with the children and families.
  • Daily updates on our online system (famly) to keep families updated.

What we need from you:

Our successful candidate will be enthusiastic and proactive, with a positive attitude and will have the skills to form strong, supportive relationships with parents, children, and the team.

The Early Years Apprentice job description outlines the requirements of the role. But, the ‘must haves’ are:

  • A genuine interest in childcare and a true passion for working with children
  • Patience, a friendly manner, and the ability to communicate with children, young people, colleagues and other adults such as parents and carers
  • A commitment to your qualification and the ability to manage work and study

The Training

You will be completing an Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship. The expected duration of this course is 18 months.

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be awarded:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid OR Level 3 Award Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • Apprentices will achieve an EYE qualification which has been approved to count towards the EYFS level 3 child: staff ratios

We look forward to receiving your application