Job description


Apprentice (11581)

  • Salary:
    £11,012.60 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    27 February 2024
  • Number of Roles:

Role: Ref 11581 - Apprentice

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Salary: £11,012.60 per annum

Contract/Hours: Fixed Term Full Time 40hrs per week (18 months)

Closing date: Midnight on 27th February 2024  

Benefits: Annual leave of 25 days public holidays, childcare vouchers, Blue Light Discount, maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, and much more. For more information check out our career's portal. 

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…

 About Spring

Spring offers award-winning childcare services, as part of the national charity Action for Children. It's our mission to be the best provider of outstanding quality early education to children throughout the UK, that is accessible to all. We are focused on enabling young people to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright, engaging settings. That starts with creating a happy environment for our team.

Join us and you can look forward to:

  • A kind, caring culture with an emphasis on wellbeing, both physical and mental.
  • Flexible working – wherever possible we offer flexibility on hours and/or hybrid working.
  • Lots of opportunities for training, learning, development, including gaining qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits that compare favourably to other employers in our sector.


Spring Leam Lane is a unique and homely 76-place Nursery that offers affordable, high-quality childcare in Gateshead. The nursery prides itself on creating child led opportunities for babies and children to learn, develop confidence and have fun providing high quality childcare.

The Spring Leam Lane team are a dedicated and highly qualified team who are passionate about children's well-being. We are looking for a confident candidate to join our nursery, it goes without saying that you need to love being around children and will have the ambition to make a direct and positive impact on their young lives.


In the role of Apprentice, you will be;

  • Working alongside nursery practitioners in supporting children's development, participating, planning and setting up activities for a range of children. 
  • Developing successful relationships with children and their families. 
  • Observing and track children's development and share this with parent/carers and other professionals. 
  • Supporting children during mealtimes and toilet training. 
  • Attending monthly staff meetings and 6 monthly parents/carers evenings. 
  • Completing an apprenticeship to gain your childcare qualification, working within the setting to support the completion of your coursework and studies. 

What we need from you: 

Our successful candidate will have an enthusiastic and pro-active mindset with a positive attitude and have the ability to form strong and supportive relationships with parents, children and the team. Our Job Description outlines the requirements of the role, but the ‘must haves' are: 

  • A genuine interest in childcare & a true passion for children 
  • Patience, a friendly manner, and the ability to communicate with children, young people, colleagues and other adults such as parents and carers. 
  • A commitment to study time to help you achieve your qualification.  
  • A desire to complete your apprenticeship and become a valued member of our team.  

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Spring we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within the organisation. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups.

Male staff are often under-represented within this sector and we would like to encourage more male applicants for our roles.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.


Application Process

There are 5 sections for you to complete - Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying.

We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families. 

Talent Pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.


If you need support with your application, please contact our Recruitment Partner Lynn Kelly on

 We'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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As part of our promise and commitment we offer a guaranteed interview and constructive feedback to applicants who identify as care experienced and who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

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