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Early Years Educator – Advanced Apprenticeship

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, preschools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

15 – 18 months
Mainly in workplace
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements, however you will undertake an Initial Assessment to ascertain your suitability for the apprenticeship. If you do not already have GCSE C or 3/4 grades in Maths and English you will be required to complete and achieve Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship.

Course Info

You will learn:

  • Analyse and explain how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as the needs of children learning English as an additional language from a variety of cultures
  • Plan and lead activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes which include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements.
  • Model and promote positive behaviours expected of children such as turn taking and keep reactions and emotions proportionate.
  • Communicate effectively in English in writing and verbally. For example, in the recording of administration of medicine, completing children’s observational assessments and communicating with parents and other professionals.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles for example by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned and spontaneous activity through the day.

Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.

Teaching

  • 1 day a week – College release
  • 4 days a week – at the work place
  • Delivered in the workplace

Your training officer and guide you through your apprenticeship and plan delivery to work around you and your job role. They will visit you in the workplace to support you with your course work and evidence collection and to conduct progress reviews with you and your employer. You will still be expected to continue to work, attend college and submit work during college holidays and your training officer will still be available to you.

There is a mandatory requirement for you to be given 20% of your apprenticeship time to complete off job learning. It is important that your employer is supportive of you on your learning journey and ensures that you are giving this time during normal paid working hours.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be preparing for your end point assessment which is conducted by an external assessment organisation. You and your employer will agree when you can pass into the gateway and begin your end point assessment components:

  • Knowledge test
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio

Functional skills, if required, can be completed on your college day release with the functional skills tutors or in the workplace with your training officer.

 

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

There are no entry requirements, however you will undertake an Initial Assessment to ascertain your suitability for the apprenticeship. If you do not already have GCSE C or 3/4 grades in Maths and English you will be required to complete and achieve Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship.