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Early Years Educator | Advanced Apprenticeship | Level 3

Course Code: AP0136 Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 18 months learning and up to 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirement section Assessment: Please see assessment section Awarding Body: C&G

Why this 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, pre-schools, 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.

Learners interested in the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that they can support and promote children's early education and development, plan and provide effective care, teaching and learning that enables children to progress and prepares them for school, make accurate and productive use of assessment, develop effective and informed practice, safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children, work in partnership with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

You must have an employer in place and be in a suitable administration role that covers the themes in the course information tab to complete this apprenticeship.

All prospective new apprentices will complete an initial assessment of their current knowledge skills and behaviours through a skill scan. This must indicate that there is substantial new knowledge skills and behaviours to be learnt by completing this apprenticeship.

A prospective apprentice will also need to show that they are currently working at or towards the minimum L2 skills for Maths and English. Where a learner has not already achieved GCSE grade 4 to 9 (A-C ) or equivalent Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

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.

Entry requirements

Course content

This qualification has been developed to support learners completing the Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard and covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard.

The qualification covers a range of topics:

  • Child development
  • Professional development
  • Safeguarding children
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Positive behaviour and transitions
  • Working in partnership
  • Promoting children’s speech, language and communication
  • Theories underpinning practice
  • Supporting children’s activities
  • Plans and supervises
  • Key person responsibility
  • Observations to help aid and shape learning experience
  • Meeting the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Working in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals

For more detailed information please see:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/early-years-educator/

Further information

What can I expect from being an Apprentice?

  • Excellent vocational training.
  • A salary and on-going support from your employer and GB MET.
  • In depth experience, insight and understanding of the business sector you are working in.
  • A clear career path.
  • The opportunity to achieve industry-standard qualifications and even a degree!

Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?

Applicants need to be at least 16 years of age, living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on:

  • Your experience
  • Your knowledge
  • Your skill levels
  • The business sector
  • The qualification

How much will I get paid?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Do I need to find an employer?

Yes, you have two options.

Option 1 - The best option is to find an employer yourself who wants to employ you as an apprentice. Once you have done this, simply provide us with the details. We will then contact your employer and handle all the administration so you can begin your apprenticeship at the earliest opportunity.

Option 2 - The GB MET recruitment team will try and find you an employer. The team will firstly invite you for an interview to fully assess your skills and aptitude for your preferred apprenticeship roles and do everything possible to find an employer with a current vacancy or one looking for an apprentice that fits the role you are looking for.

Whichever option applies, our recruitment team is here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, discuss it with your employer and, if they agree and subject to conditions, you can become an apprentice where you now work.

What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply at any time of the year. The start of your work-based training is dependent on your employer and all new Standard apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training.

What is off-the-job training?

Training that is delivered outside of an apprentice’s normal working duties.

Off-the-job refers to an apprentice learning outside a regular day-to-day work environment but within working hours.  This includes:

  • Practical activities such as shadowing a more skilled member of staff or ‘off-site’ visits to meet customers or attend a trade show
  • Theoretical activities such as online courses, attending seminars and role playing
  • Learning by writing reports and work-specific documents

Careers & Progression

Completion of this apprenticeship could lead to progress to room leader, senior nursery worker or centre manager. You could also study towards a higher education qualification in early years or child development.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

As apprenticeships are now offering routes to degree-level qualifications they have become an increasingly preferred career option.

It’s an organic/natural career choice as apprentices are often offered a permanent, full-time position by their employer once training is completed.

Certain business sectors offer excellent career potential and the opportunity to earn very competitive salaries.

As an apprentice, you get to work alongside experienced staff who will help you to develop job-specific skills – and earn a wage at the same time. Earn while you learn.

Many employers hold Apprenticeships in high regard because they offer real industry experience.

A successful Apprenticeship provides you with a qualification and the skills you need for your job.

Course fees

Cost for an employer:

For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £6000 which will be taken from your Levy account.

For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£300) and the remaining fees will be paid for from the government. If the apprentice is 16 to 18 and they start the course before their 19th birthday they are entitled to 100% of the funding with no contribution from the employer.

Wage for an apprentice:

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

The length of program based on someone working 30 hours per week, undertaking the programme for 12 months plus 3 months EPA – If working less than 30 hours per week, the length of the programme is adjusted in line with hours worked.

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