What's covered?

All Apprenticeships consist of a Framework of different elements. They must include qualifications that, when achieved, prove the Apprentice's competence in carrying out work of the Level and type identified in the Framework. Also included must be qualifications which demonstrate the technical knowledge of the job and industry, plus more wide ranging general skills required to operate successfully in the trade; these will include Maths, English and, if appropriate, ICT and Employer Rights and Responsibilities.

The different elements can be combined in one qualification, or be covered in separate qualifications, but all elements must be achieved to obtain a full Apprentice Certificate. This qualification is designed for childcare practitioners working in the Early Years Foundation Stage in childcare settings. It covers core mandatory units on Communication, Equality & Diversity, Duty of Care, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Children & Young People's Development. The Early Years Pathway explores these topics in greater depth along with Professional Practice in Early Years, Children's Learning and Development and a focus on Speech and Language Development. A range of optional units will be chosen to meet the needs of the employer and the learner.

The Apprenticeship has 5 mandatory components

  • The Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - incorporated throughout all other components

The Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce This consists of mandatory and optional units and combines knowledge and competence in the workplace. A total of 65 credits must be achieved.

Employment Rights & Responsibilities Every apprentice is required to demonstrate that they know and understand areas such as the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law, health and safety and equality and diversity procedures and documentation for their organisation. This will be evidenced through a workbook.

Paediatric First Aid This should be an approved 12hr Paediatric First Aid Certificate or the QCF Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid.

What do you need?

An employer would be expected to train and support the learner and give them as much experience as necessary in the organisation to be competent in all of the mandatory and chosen optional units.

The learner must have completed a Level 2 Childcare qualification or have a minimum of 1 year's working experience, plus the necessary exposure in the working environment to complete the qualification.

How you are assessed

Learner will be assessed within the college as well in the workplace to ensure all the competencies are met. Regular review meetings will take place with the learner, assessor and employer to support the achievement of the qualification.

How Long?

Maximum of 2 years

What course next?

Learners can progress to Early Years Foundation Degree

What could this lead to?

This qualification can lead to roles such as

  • Room Leaders, manager or supervisor in day nurseries, children's centres or pre-schools
  • Practitioners in nursery schools and nursery or reception classes in primary schools
  • Registered childminders and nannies

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