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will work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting
the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and
educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An Early Years Practitioner works as part of a professional team under the guidance and supervision
of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional in
the Early Years Workforce.
Job roles may
include Early Years Practitioner/Assistant, Nursery Assistant, Childcare Care Worker/Assistant, Assistant Youth Support and Community Worker
On the Early
Years Practitioner apprenticeship standard the apprentice will learn about the
development and care of children from birth to aged five, in both indoor and
outdoor environments across a range of childcare settings. Students will
also work with parents, colleagues, and wider agency professionals/partners
such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists, to
support the development of young children.
Some of the
core competencies the apprentice will learn include: using play to support
children to understand and encourage healthy life choices, identifying issues
of safeguarding and child protection, ensuring that the welfare and safety of
children is promoted and safeguarded, using knowledge of child development to
work with parents and carers to improve children outcomes and well-being, and
communicating/engaging with children to support their learning and development.
The apprentice will also complete a Level 2 Diploma in Early Years. To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units and once completed they will count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce.
Support to achieve the required level of English and Maths or to up skill current qualifications
As part of the Early Years Practitioner qualification the apprentice will be assessed entirely in the workplace to achieve evidence towards their portfolio. This may include being observed, writing assignments, looking at work products, having a professional discussion.
At the end of the qualification, once all of the required components, standard, diploma, maths and English have been achieved the learner will be assessed by an independent end point assessment organisation chosen by their employer using the following methods:
And will achieve an overall outcome of fail, pass or distinction.
of the apprenticeship, with the transferable skills gained, the apprentice can
progress into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including
Early Years Educator Level 3, Classroom Assistant, and Nursery Support.
may also progress their training further and undertake the Level 3 Early Years
Educator apprenticeship, or work towards other relevant qualifications related
to their role in the workplace.