Nursery Apprentice Early Years Educator

  • Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • 21 Dec, 2023
Full time

Job Description

Why become an Apprentice Educator with Hungry Caterpillars?

All Apprentices start on an initial 18 month contract and upon completion will have the opportunity to progress onto a permanent practitioner contract (which would also result in an uplift in pay). The salaries for this contract are currently as follows:

  • For unqualified apprentices, £15,018 (Level 2) and £16,016 (Level 3) is the annual salary for the first 12 months of the apprenticeship; after that the annual salary will be in line with National Minimum Wage until you qualify at which time the annual salary will be in line with our qualified staff pay-scales.

Apply today for our Early Years Educator Apprenticeship and join our Hungry Caterpillar family. This is a fabulous opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’, gain a valid qualification and experience working alongside our qualified team in a busy bustling nursery environment.

You’ll be trained to carry out the same post as a level 2/3 practitioner, providing safe, high quality education and care that meets the individual needs of the children attending our setting with the support of your assessor, mentor, manager and team. 

At the end of your training, you will achieve a Level 2 or 3 qualification, gain valuable work experience and have the opportunity to secure a permanent role in early years.


Why should you join our Award Winning nursery group?

At the heart of Hungry Caterpillars is our incredible teams who we value and offer:

  • NUS Apprentice Card – discount at 100s of shops and restaurants!
  • 50% off of childcare fees from day one (T&C's apply) 
  • Exclusive Employee Store discounts
  • 28 days annual leave which includes bank holidays & a whole week break over Christmas plus an extra day for your birthday off work, fully paid! (T&C's apply) 
  • ‘The Caterpillar Academy’ - Five, fully paid, company training days each year & access to an online training portal with over 100 courses for your development
  • Fantastic opportunities for career progression with internal promotions supported
  • ‘Superstar Awards Day’ held annually to celebrate individual and team achievements
  • Refer a friend / parent bonuses
  • Employee Wellbeing portal
  • Bupa Health Care package  (T&C's apply)


Experience / Qualifications - What you will bring to the role:

  • At least a Grade C (4/5) in GCSE English & Maths or L2 Functional Skills
  • Good communication skills, patience & passion, enabling you to build effective & lasting relationships that will reward you with love, pride & a sense of achievement you won’t find in other roles!
  • Willingness to learn, attendance to assessment visits and complete all set assignments within in the timeframe required.
  • Commitment – even to reach the end of that story that has been interrupted 5 times
  • Ability to work as part of a team and use your own initiative.
  • A sense of humour which allows you to see the silver lining of every situation and have fun each and every day
  • Skilled in organisation, problem solving and attention to detail.


  • 40 hours/week, 5 days per week on-site.
  • All working days will be around the current rotating shift pattern (7.30 to 4.30 / 8 to 5 / 8.30 to 5.30 / 9 to 6).  Please note you’ll also be required to attend one evening per month for a staff meeting.




  • Earn While You Learn
  • NUS Apprentice Card – discount at 100s of shops and restaurants!
  • 50% off of childcare fees from day one (T&C's apply) 
  • Exclusive Employee Store discounts

Nursery Name

Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries - High Wycombe