Monkey Puzzle Colchester are looking for fantastic Nursery Apprentices to join our nursery team and help to provide outstanding education and early years childcare for our children.

Are you aged 17-24 and looking for a career in childcare? An Apprenticeship at Monkey Puzzle might be the role for you!

The Monkey Puzzle apprenticeship programme provides you with on-the-job training and qualifications, giving you the ability to be a permanent member of our team on a paid working contract whilst obtaining early years qualifications from levels 2 to 5. At Monkey Puzzle Colchester, we are looking for Apprentices to join our team for 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

We want to provide you with a great experience and the best opportunity for success, to do this we work in partnership with an industry-leading training provider to bring you a fully accredited course and supply you with an individual tutor to support you throughout your learning journey.

These are funded for people of working age in England who have a contract of employment. They are funded via the apprenticeship funding route which is aimed at new and existing staff.

You may be taken on as a young Apprentice under the Apprenticeship wage, or you might be an experienced staff member who is earning a full salary.

Either way you are paid to learn as all aspects of the qualification are delivered in the workplace during work time. 

Why Us?

As part of Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, you will be joining our caring, welcoming and supportive team. Our vision is to inspire change through excellence in childcare, creating a positive impact for generations to come.

For over 20 years, Monkey Puzzle has been providing children the highest quality of care with unlimited opportunities to grow, learn, develop and flourish in our safe and secure environments.

Key Responsibilites

Under the guidance of senior staff, you will provide the highest level of care and education for all children attending the setting. Whilst gaining hands on experience in a high-quality childcare setting you will be working towards a recognised childcare qualification.

  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Provide a positive practice role model
  • With support contribute to a high standard of quality within the nursery, including practice, environment and resources to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Support the implementation of age-appropriate activities and curriculum
  • Supervise and support children at all times
  • With support ensure that equality of access and opportunity is provided to all children, parents, staff and visitors
  • Ensure that all children are kept safe
  • Notify Designated Officer of any safeguarding concerns
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times with children, parents, colleagues and visitors
  • With support develop and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, parents and carers
  • Ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained
  • Adhere to all health and safety policies and procedures and undertake a shared responsibility for cleanliness and health and safety throughout the nursery
  • With support work as part of a team to ensure the company’s values are maintained
  • Attend monthly staff meetings, planning meetings and undertake training as required
  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by line manager
  • Assist with mealtime routines and ensure proper hygiene practices
  • Maintain a clean and organized nursery environment

The duties and responsibilities included in this job specification are not exhaustive or restrictive and can be reviewed at any time in the future, changes and other duties deemed relevant to this post may be added.

Why you?

  • You have a positive attitude and creative ideas that inspire children to learn
  • You are passionate about providing high standards of care and education to meet the individual needs of all children.
  • You take pride in maintaining positive working partnerships with colleagues, parents and carers.
  • You recognise the importance of adhering to all company policies and procedures.
  • You have good verbal and written communication skills


  • GCSE – grades 5-9/A-C
  • Ability to communicate confidently with adults and children
  • Able to work well within a team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and know when to report issues of concern to a senior team member
  • Generate creative ideas to inspire learning
  • Good planning and organising
  • Ability to comprehend and adhere to a strict set of policies and procedures
  • Work in partnership with parents
  • Effective time management
  • Willingness to learn
  • Able to follow direction
  • Able to ensure the safety and welfare of children through a confident knowledge of Safeguarding processes and procedures
  • Able to participate in child observations and assessments with a good understanding of child development
  • Appropriate behaviour management


  • Additional Annual leave
  • Childcare
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Driving lessons

Apply now for an apprenticeship at Monkey Puzzle

If you think an apprenticeship in Nursery care is the perfect role for you, we would love to hear from you! Just fill out the short form below, attach a copy of your CV and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you want to work in childcare and Early Years education. 

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