Early Years Educator Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 3 Hele Road site Up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Advanced Apprenticeship is for more experienced employed individuals who wish to further develop skills and knowledge as well as practical work experience in roles involving working with children.

On your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessment and will also help you build your portfolio

What topics will I study?

It consists of the Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce which is a part knowledge based and part competency based qualification for which you will achieve 65 QCF Credits.

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from our excellent links with nurseries and schools in the area.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
You need patience, understanding, a strong desire to work with children and good communication skills. You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employer.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you could progress directly into the workplace as an Early Years Educator/ Nursery Nurse in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Standards. Or you may choose to go on to an a foundation degree or university level education.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.

What do our students think?

I love my job. I went to Beacon Heath Children's Centre when I was a child, so it is nice to be working with some members of staff who supported me and my family, and I love being able to help the parents and children who use it now. Susan Bright is a brilliant teacher and is fantastic at her job. I wouldn't be here today without her help. I'm very grateful to her, and I'd recommend this course to anyone if they have a passion for working with children like I do." Jess


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CLICK HERE to view the citation view from the Early Years Apprentice of the Year award winner at the Skills Awards 2014.

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