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Early Years Educator Apprentice

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Salford City Council

Early Years Educator Apprentice

Grade: Apprentice £15,410 rising to £16,893 after 12 months

Working Hours: 36 hours per week

Contract Type: Fixed term for 21 months

Did you know that Salford City Council has 5 Nurseries across the city, they are all great places to work and are all highly rated by OFSTED.  The nurseries are Barton Moss Nursery, Belvedere Nursery, Higher Broughton Nursery, Little Hulton Nursery and Winton Nursery.  Each setting opens between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and you will be expected to work a shift within these hours.  The nurseries are open all year round.

There is now an exciting opportunity to be a part of this fantastic team whilst being supported in gaining a recognised qualification through an Apprenticeship in Early Years Education and Paediatric First Aid.

This could be the perfect role for you if you;

-        Have a passion to work with children.

-        Would be proud to build a career in early year’s education

-        Recognise the reward in helping children achieve their potential.

-        Can be part of a positive environment that will shape a bright future.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a warm smiling face that makes every child feel special.
  • Have the ability to laugh at jokes, even those that you may not find funny
  • Be willing to sing out of tune and in front of a crowd of eager people
  • Be prepared to convincingly pretend to eat playdough
  • Be content in the fact that our only cup of tea all morning might be a pretend one
  • You must be prepared to have lots of fun during the day.  Lots of laughter is a guaranteed outcome
  • You must be up for a challenge and able to work in a fast-paced environment where no day is the same
  • You need to be resilient, hardworking and a good team player who can build positive relationships with children and families from a wide range of backgrounds
  • You must be prepared to feel loved, special and important to many young children and their families.  There is no other job quite like this one!
  • Be committed and prepared to undertake learning to complete your Level 3 qualification.

If you feel you meet the above criteria, we would love to hear from you!

Our Early Years Educators work in nurseries across Salford and provide 0-5’s with the care, kindness and understanding that will play an important part in the development of the cities children.

As part of a team you will work with colleagues and managers to provide high quality care, whilst using your skills in communication, to ensure consistent support for the children that attend the nursery.

As part of the apprenticeship you will be required to hold a level 2 qualification in Maths and English, or be able to work towards this alongside the Early Years Education apprenticeship.

If this sounds like an opportunity that you would be passionate about getting involved with, then we welcome your application.

We offer a competitive salary, the opportunity to develop your skills, to work alongside highly experienced staff members and an environment where you will feel supported and respected.

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Why Work for Team Salford.pdf

About your development

At Salford we’re serious about helping people grow. From day one you’ll have access to professional development to help you to get on and succeed in your new role this will include an immediate opportunity to gain a level 3 qualification in Early Years Education. Why not find out more about it here

You will receive a full and comprehensive induction across all our sites along with access to the Starting Life Well training programme through which you will be supported to achieve a Paediatric First Aid Qualification within three months of starting with us.

If you are interested in applying but want to know more please contact Angela Jones, Nursery Manager on 0161 778 0065.

About your benefits

You will be welcomed into a friendly environment where your personal and professional development will be encouraged and you will have the opportunity to work and grow in a values based organisation where people are at the heart of everything we do. We promote a positive permission culture, empowering you to make a difference. Your opinions matter to us and you will have the opportunity to shape how we do things through our Salford 100 employee group and our employee led redesign approach. Your work-life balance and wellbeing are important to us so you will have access to a range of benefits including flexible working, green travel, pension and salary sacrifice schemes. In addition to this we offer a range of health and wellbeing options to suit your needs

Salford Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and stakeholders to share this commitment.

Please be aware overseas checks will be required if you have lived or worked abroad continuously or in total for 3 months or more over the last 5 years, or 12 months or more over the last 10 years, whilst aged 16 or over. For more information, please visit

Continuous service commitment

New employees can now keep their service related benefits when moving between a whole host of public sector organisations within Greater Manchester, which include: Councils, NHS, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Transport for Greater Manchester, as well as many others.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to developing a culture which respects individuals, appreciates difference and allows everyone regardless of background to reach their full potential. We are proud to be an accredited disability confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. We understand how hard it can be to combine caring for a loved one with work so we aim to provide support and flexibility to balance family and caring responsibilities with work 

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at  

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