Nursery Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship In Childcare

We currently have four apprenticeships available: one at Bletchingdon OX5 3DH, one at Eynsham OX29 4EH and two at Farmoor OX2 9NS.

An apprenticeship offers a wonderful opportunity to earn as you learn. Willow Cottage currently employs several apprentices and they are working towards a Level 2 in Childcare. The training is provided by Abingdon and Witney College and their assessors regularly visit the nurseries to provide support to both the apprentice and the manager. Please have a look at their online course information.

If you have some good GCSE results and are genuinely interested in the care and education of young children, this can be the start of a professional career in the Early Years sector.

On successfully completing the course, a level 2 qualified Nursery Assistant would be qualified to be involved in:

  • educating and caring for the children attending the setting.
  • planning and supervising activities like arts and crafts, music and mealtimes.
  • helping children to learn numeracy and language skills through games and other activities.
  • feeding and changing babies.
  • observing and recording children’s learning journeys.
  • ensuring children are properly safeguarded.

Applicants should check that they could easily manage the journey to work as all of our nurseries are in rural locations.

Location All Settings
Bletchingdon, Eynsham and Farmoor
Salary From £5.30 per hour dependent on age
Length of apprenticeship  1 year + 1 day
Additional  Working hours 40 hours per week of which 20% is study time
Willow Cottage Nurseries are an exciting and cutting edge nursery group rated Outstanding by Ofsted. There are lots of great reasons to join our team, find out more about Working for Willow Cottage.

Our staff teams are passionate about working with the Early Year. Have you got our other Qualities Required for Successfully Joining Our Team.

If you are this person and want to join our award winning team then here is How to Apply.

Apprenticeship Testimonials:

Sophie (Bletchingdon Nursery Apprentice):
“At Willow Cottage, they gave me a chance to further my career because I loved children and love being able to play and act like a child but have responsibility and be able to make a difference to children’s lives and be a role model for them.  Personally, I love this apprenticeship and it has showed me that I can do things that I never thought that I would achieve and I will always be grateful for that.”

Robyn, (Eynsham Nursery Apprentice):
“I started my apprenticeship at Willow Cottage in October 2016 and I am now half way through my course.  I can easily say I have, and continue to, enjoy every minute of it.  The staff were very welcoming and continue to be great.  The children are fantastic, it is very rewarding to them new staff skills and see them put those skills into effect.  I have found the coursework very enjoyable to complete and I feel I have learnt many new skills.”

Brittany, (Farmoor Nursery Apprentice):
“My experience as an apprentice has been exciting and fulfilling.  I love the practical aspect and being hands on as well as the written work that gives me further knowledge.  All these components combine to build my skills and experience.

Apprenticeship Tutor Testimonials:

Melissa Round (Abingdon & Witney College):

Willow Cottage are very committed to supporting Apprentices through their training and qualifications. They have a clear and comprehensive training schedule for their apprentices and work closely in partnership with Abingdon & Witney College. We have regular face-to-face meetings, and email contact with Managers and Supervisors, so that we are all clear about the progress that our Apprentices are making. Senior staff will share concerns or areas for development with us, allowing us to address these in tutorial sessions with the apprentice.

From Paula Tims (Abingdon and Witney College):

Abingdon and Witney College really value the support that you give to the apprentices, NVQs and our Assessor.
The contribution you offer is valuable and this is evident through clear communication, you are always available to discuss each individual apprentice / NVQs progress. Together with our tutors, you offer ways to help learners that need any additional time or training to help them through their qualification We are always happy to have repeat business with you because of the high level of quality you demand in your settings.
There have been many changes over the last year to the Apprenticeship programme and you have always been willing to adapt to these changes and fully support everyone involved.
You understand the importance of giving learners time out of the ratios for workshop sessions with our tutors, allowing them to gain valuable underpinning knowledge, as well as supporting any additional time at college for English and maths.
Our tutor has been assessing learners at your Nurseries for a number of years, this continuity has developed a close working relationship and excellent communication links, which give each learner a feeling of being valued, our tutors really enjoy coming to your Nurseries.
We’re delighted with the excellent achievement rates our learners have with you and I personally always really enjoyed my visits to your Nurseries and over the years.
Thank you for all your support.