Apprentice Early Years Assistant

Pay: £8,990 a year
Location: Blinco Grove, 100 Blinco Grove, Cambridge CB1 7TS
Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: 24th May 2021
Job Reference: 210524A


Blinco Grove opened at the start of 2020 and is situated near Addenbrookes Hospital in the heart of the City. The provision caters for children aged 3 months to 5 years and has the capacity to cater for up to 73 children at one time. Despite the global pandemic, Blinco Grove has thrived into a popular and flourishing childcare setting which has led to a growing waiting list. Therefore, to enable us to support and offer our services to more families, we are recruiting for Early Years Educators to join our fantastic team.


Job role


We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed Apprentice Early Years Assistant.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to be a part of our childcare setting in Cambridge, starting asap. The role will involve assisting the childcare team, providing a caring, safe, stimulating environment in order for children to grow and meet their full potential, whilst ensuring high quality inclusive childcare is continually provided.

This a fantastic opportunity to learn about child’s care, learning and development whilst working alongside knowledgeable and experienced staff.  You will gain hands-on experience of working with children and have the support you need to complete your studies.


Skills and Experience


In summary, the successful applicant will have the following qualities:


  • Willingness to work towards a Level 2 Early Years’ qualification
  • Good organisational skills
  • To show a commitment and enthusiasm towards achieving positive outcomes for service users
  • Be approachable and friendly
  • Able to receive feedback positively


Days and hours


This role is for 35 hours per week to be worked Monday to Friday.


Salary and benefits


In return, we offer a salary of £8,990 per year. Additional benefits include:


  • 5 weeks holiday plus public holidays (Pro rata for part time staff)
  • Free use of the YMCA Gym at Queen Anne House in Cambridge
  • 20% Discount for staff who have children enrolled at YMCA Childcare Nurseries, After School and/or Holiday Clubs
  • Competitive rates of pay and pension
  • DBS Check Facilitated / Cost Paid
  • Induction programme and on the job training opportunities
  • Regular supervisions
  • Internal progression opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme


Closing date


The closing date for this vacancy is 24 May 2021. Please note: we reserve the right to close this post early for the right candidate.


Contact us


If you would like to know more about this role, then feel free to get in touch for an informal chat. Contact our friendly Childcare Manager Sam Beldam 01223 949090 or email:


Apply now


For more information please see the Job Description (149KB, PDF) and our application guidance (243KB, PDF).


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“My manager has supported me right from the start of my time at YMCA. I have been made to feel valued, respected and my confidence has grown so much with achievable challenges that I have been given as part of my job role. I have had a great induction and I look forward to coming to work every day” (YMCA Childcare Providence)


YMCA Trinity Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment.