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Apprentice Early Years Practitioner

Welsh Government
Country House Childcare Cobblers Wood Alltami CH7 6RH
£4.50 per hour
Closing date
7 Feb 2022

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Apprenticeship, Intermediate
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About the apprenticeship


To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times
Meeting children's daily needs including feeding, toileting and nappy changing
Accompany the childminder and assistants on walks, outings and visits ensuring the safety of the children
Have an understanding of childhood development and the Importance of play
Planning, programming & coordination of services including providing travel to and from school
Keeping the environment (indoor and outdoor) clean, tidy and safe, report any issues

Additional information

We are a small and unique childcare setting in a rural yet accessible location. We care for 9 children between the ages of 15 months and 5 years during the day 4 days per week (Tuesday-Friday). We also care for up to 11 additional children between the age of 5-12 after school and during school holidays.
We have a strong focus on outdoor play and education, child led play, freedom and getting the children out on walks and adventures as much as possible. Days are filled with fun and laughter. The successful candidate will be joining the childminder and her two assistants in caring for the children Tuesday - Friday.



A willingness to gain relevant qualifications. A basic understanding of children's development, their needs and the provision of positive play. A commitment to the theory and practice of equal opportunities. An awareness of health and safety issues relating to the provision of play. An ability to carry out light physical duties to include lifting small children, housekeeping tasks and setting up the learning environment.
Team Work: working collaboratively together, sharing knowledge and experiences to deliver the best solutions
Team Player: Honestly, loyalty and commitment, good sense of humour

Openness: listening and sharing; building trust and acting with integrity; treating others with respect and working with transparency
Effective Communication Skills

Respect: encouraging, supporting and understanding others - their ideas, their views and their knowledge
Initiative: highly motivated and flexible.


To be qualified to start a level 2 qualification in Children and Young Peoples Workforce or equivalent

Car driver essential due to rural location

DBS certificate -sector specific

Two References


Welsh Spoken Skills: Yes Welsh Written Skills: No

Course details

Level 2 Childcare Playwork Learning and Development

About the employer

Country House Childcare Cobblers Wood


Disability confident

No, we are not part of the Disability Confident Scheme from the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note that all apprenticeships are open to everyone. However, some organisations have worked to achieve Disability Confident accreditation. You should always apply for the apprenticeship you feel best suited to.

Interview arrangements

To be held at the setting


Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your apprenticeship. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

What apprenticeships are available?

We don’t currently have any apprenticeship opportunities open as we have now closed our scheme for 2019. If you’d like to keep updated on the vacancies that we’re advertising, you may want to visit our jobs board:  Welsh Government External Vacancies Board.

If you’d like to receive Job Alert e-mails that let you know when we’re advertising a role that suits your preferences, scroll to the bottom of the jobs board, and you’ll see the ‘Create Job Alert’ link.  Click this, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your alerts.  You’ll need to log in or create an account as part of this process.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age at the time of making your application
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished or intend to finish your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements to apply.

ALS eligibility

Please note that ALS our training providers have their own eligibility in order to provide the funding required to undertake an apprenticeship. You may not be eligible to apply if:

  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in ICT, Software, Web and Telecoms or a similar subject
  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in Business Administration, Customer Service or a similar subject

What are the benefits?  

How much will I be paid?

You will earn £19,240 a year while training. When you pass your apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent job at the Welsh Government. Within 2 years of starting your apprenticeship you could be earning £22,500. 

You will get 31 days holidays as well as 10 public and privilege days. We offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance. You will also be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme

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