Childcare Apprenticeships

Childcare Apprenticeship opportunities with Seymour House

Train to become an Early Years Educator with a Seymour House Childcare Apprenticeship. Our eleven Nursery Schools across Essex and Hertfordshire are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, which means you’ll be working and learning in an environment that provides outstanding education and care for young children.

Early years education plays a crucial role in child development. So, by becoming a Childcare Apprentice, you’ll have the opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of children and their families. You’ll also receive an excellent apprenticeship salary, and your course will be fully funded, which makes this a fantastic way to earn and learn, while doing something that you love.

If this sounds exciting, we’d love to receive your application to become a Childcare Apprentice with us at Seymour House.

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Why Join Us

  • Teacher Training – a fully funded one year course to qualify as an Early Years Educator
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Financial Wellbeing Service
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Skills Development Programme
  • Childcare discount
  • 28 days holiday increasing to 31 days
  • Training pathways – specifically tailored to your role
  • Swap Shop, swap with someone at another nursery for a week or two to enhance your experience
  • Charity events and social evenings
  • Recommend a friend bonus
  • iCan VIP – Do you have an interest or talent that you would like to share across the whole organisation? You will be supported to share your interest, sport, arts, and hobbies

Meet Our Apprentices

Angel Street

Angel Street

Nursery: Basildon Hospital

Previous Studies: Media studies at school and college

“It opened up an opportunity for me to do something I always wanted to do, and I had heard really good things from a friend who was also doing the apprenticeship with another Seymour House nursery.”
“Watching the children grow and develop as well as being an influence on their learning, especially at the beginning of their early years journey.”
“To become a qualified practitioner and always be developing and working on my practice. I would love to try for my seniorship in the long term.”
“Within my homebase room myself and the team work together to ensure there is always something interesting, engaging and educationally beneficial for the children. We ensure the room and surrounding environment is safe, clean, tidy and stimulating. As a team we support the children and their parents through transitional periods through a child’s life, for example potty training. There will be good communication between parents and practitioners to ensure we are working together for the benefit of the child.”
Angel Street
Tijen Mustafa

Tijen Mustafa

Nursery: Brinkley Lane

Previous Studies: IGSCE's (Art A*, Maths A, Physics A, Biology A*, English Literature A*, English Language A, Turkish A, ICT C, History A), A Levels (English literature B, Art B, EPQ A), Foundation Diploma in Art (Merit).

“An apprenticeship was a way of easing me into the environment whilst having people around to guide me along the way, with colleagues able to show me the ropes of everyday working life in a nursery. Also, with an apprenticeship I can get hands-on training and the chance to put my skills into practice.”
“The opportunity of job progression and to be part of a successful nursery like Seymour House greatly appealed to me due to their growth over the years and positive reviews. Also, I felt it would provide a positive learning atmosphere to work in.”
“I love working with children and the early years (0-5) are so important for the cognitive and emotional development of children, and it is rewarding to inspire their love of learning and help them develop social skills. Also, the opportunity to make a positive difference in children's life and to develop bonds with the children and their parents is another aspect I enjoy. I like building special bonds with the children and parents and seeing the progress children are making in all areas of learning. I hope to inspire and make a positive impact on the children every day and to make them excited to come back to nursery.”
“My long-term role aspirations are to complete my apprenticeship to become a qualified early years educator, and carry out my responsibilities with confidence. Also having a group of my own key children and working my way up to a senior position and further. I also want to have built strong bonds and relationships with the children and their parents, and confidently and continuously creating exciting innovative invitations to play.”
Tijen Mustafa
Rosie Bicker

Rosie Bicker

Nursery: Springfield Road

Previous Studies: Child development and Business studies

“No day within a nursery is the same. My day-to-day duties include observing the children and helping them learn and develop each day. I provide the children their breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also any snacks in between. I provide different educational and inviting set ups for the children each day which they can play with throughout the day. I will also make sure the nursery is clean and tidy to ensure the area is safe for the children.”
“My job is so rewarding; I love watching the children grow and develop. Watching the children reach their goals and knowing that you are the one that has encouraged or supported them in some way is so lovely. I know that being an early year’s educator is so important for a child's development and it makes me so proud to be a part of Seymour house.”
“An apprenticeship is a great way to learn within your job role. It's a great way to gain skills that you may not learn within the classroom. You are able to get a real feel for the career path you are choosing and a real understanding of what it takes to become a great early year’s educator. Not only do you learn from your course, but you can also learn lots from the people around you. They are so supportive and help with any questions you have.”
“I want to continue to work alongside my colleagues to become an outstanding educator. I would like to work my way up in Seymour House to become a Senior and gain move responsibilities. I would like to continue to work within Seymour House and grow as an educator with them.”
Rosie Bicker
Daisie Harris

Daisie Harris

Nursery: Gershwin Park

Previous Studies: GCSEs at school followed by a hairdressing apprenticeship

“I believed an apprenticeship would be the best career path for me as it means you get to learn on the job which is an experience that other things such as university can’t provide. It also means that I have people around me that are learning at the same time which I think is a massive thing as it means that you can support each other and have someone who is at the same stage as you.”
“I have made strong bonds with the children in my room and have helped out with creating activities for them from the sparks that I have seen. One of the activities I created was related to firework night as it was an event coming up soon and wanted to make the children aware of this through a fun activity. I covered the table in paper and gave each child a paper plate, along with a pipet each so that they could do splatter painting. I provided bright eye-catching colours of paint and they were able to paint the table or the paper plate. Each child was experimenting with colours and sounds while pretending to make firework noises.”
“I joined Seymour house as when looking for an apprenticeship in childcare I had looked at many different nurseries and when finding out everything they do and the feedback they get from parents and families I knew it was the perfect place. Also, after my interview Aimee Williams, who is now my manager, was extremely friendly and welcoming and went the extra step for me and showed me around the nursery and introduced me to some staff who were all also extremely kind.”
“In the future after completing my apprenticeship I would like to further my knowledge and experience and train to become a senior. I don’t think I would like to become a manager as one of my favourite parts of the job is coming in to see the children each day and seeing them explore, learn and grow.”
Daisie Harris

Frequently Asked Questions

The apprenticeship should take 15 months to complete, and you will be given a fixed term contract for the duration of the course. However, it can be achieved sooner than this if you complete the work but not sooner than 12 months.

The course is divided into 10 different modules, which you complete one at a time. There is an element of written and practical work involved and you’ll need to collate a portfolio with evidence of your work and learning. There is also an End Point Assessment to complete your qualification.

Yes, you will be given a mentor within the nursery to guide you through, from the induction process right the way to completion.  You will meet with your mentor as frequently as you feel is needed. You’ll also have an assessor from the training provider to support you with the course content.

You will receive a level 3 qualification in Early Years, which will open many doors for you as you start your career working with children.  It will give you an opportunity to study further and develop the skills learnt on your apprenticeship.  It will also enable you to lead practice within an early years setting and provide outstanding care and education for children within your care.

Maths and English grades are preferable a levels 4+. We also accept candidates with functional skills qualifications at Level 2.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are seeking a career in early years. You must be keen to learn, be a good communicator, adaptable and willing to have lots of fun. But above all, you must have a passion for caring and educating children and supporting them to learn and grow.

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