This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings, including: full day care, children's' centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home-based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out-of-school environments and the local authority provision. Early Years Practitioners 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, in both indoor and outdoor environments.
The broad purpose of the apprenticeship is to work and interact directly with children on a daily basis, supporting the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes, within the ethos of the setting. An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child, such as: teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting. An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher, or other suitably qualified professional.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi-agency professionals and partners, such as: health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements, to ensure suitability to work with children.
Due to the nature and level of responsibility, it is not anticipated that the role would have any budgetary or leadership responsibilities; however, they will have a responsibility for ensuring that they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm, or abuse, contributing towards the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.
You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which may include the following subjects, dependent upon your role…
· The expected patterns of children's development from birth to 5 years old and have an understanding of further development from ages 5 to 7
· Holistic development of speech, language, communication, as well as personal, social, emotional and physical development
· The significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively
· The legal requirements and guidance on safeguarding, security, confidentiality of information and the welfare of children
· Risks and identifying hazards in the work setting and during off-site visits
· Common childhood illnesses and allergies and dietary guidance
· The observation, assessment and planning cycle and reflective practice
· Guidance in relation to special educational needs and disabilities
· Diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences
· Effective administration, recording and reporting techniques
The apprenticeship programme consists of 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training. You will receive on-the-job training from your employer and will also be allowed 20% off-the job training, which will involve independent study.
Your independent study will be recorded in a learning journal, to capture evidence of your experiences, reflections and achievements.
An assessor coach will be allocated to you and will visit your workplace on a regular basis, liaising with your work-based mentor, but you will also receive master-class workshops from college tutors.
This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.
· Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard
· Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)
The apprentice's progress and development will be assessed at regular stages - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, exams, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace.
The employer and training provider will formally sign-off the apprentice's readiness for the independent End Point Assessment (EPA) at 'gateway'. Gateway is the point at which the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum knowledge, skills and behaviours required, as detailed within the apprenticeship standard.
The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of 2 distinct components:
· A computer-based knowledge test with multi-choice questions
· Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence
Performance in the EPA will determine your overall apprenticeship grade i.e. pass or distinction.
In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:
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To secure a place of study on the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:
· English GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent
· Mathematics GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent
· Demonstrate a passion for childcare
· Be at least 16 years of age
· You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, prior to starting your qualification
You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
As part of the national apprenticeship guidance, you will also undergo Equality and Diversity, British values and Prevent Training, which will prepare you with the necessary behaviour needed to work within the construction industry.
Furthermore, you will also be required to complete 20% 'off-the-job' training as a minimum requirement for the apprenticeship course, which will require self-directed study, where will be supported by your assessor coach and work-based mentor.
There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary.
Please note that employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for the apprentice's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:
· Continue your employment in the industry
· Progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship