Early Years Practitioner, Apprenticeship
Working directly with children on a day-to-day basis, this apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity to grow and develop skills in working with and caring for children, while working alongside trained professionals in the workplace. You’ll be working as part of a team, so communication skills both with your colleagues and the children will be crucial.
It will also allow you to build the skills you’ll need to progress to the Level 3 programme and full early years educator status.
As a Weston College student, you will also benefit from our Career Excellence Hub, which means that you will get access to local employers, who will deliver masterclasses and help you to make contacts within the industry.
What does the course involve?
You must be employed a minimum of 30 hours a week and attend college for coaching, college taught sessions and EPA preparations.
You will attend College one day a week to gain vital background knowledge in a variety of sector-related subjects. Topics you will study include child and young person development, safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, supporting positive behaviour, partnership working in services for children and young people, health and safety, supporting positive environments, child development, practical planning and implementing activities, and observation.
As part of this study programme, you will develop your maths and English skills and you will need to pass Level 1 functional skills and have attempted Level 2 by the end of the apprenticeship. All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview.
How will the course be assessed?
We’ll assess your practical skills, projects and workplace performance. There will be an end-point assessment consisting of a professional discussion, a workplace observation and a knowledge test.
What future study opportunities and careers are there?
The early years educator standard apprenticeship at Level 3.
What do I do next?
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A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade 9-2 with at least two at grade 4 or qualification at Level 1. You will also need to be in relevant employment - we can assist. On enrolment your employer will require you to undertake an DBS check.
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