An advanced apprenticeship in the early years workforce gives people an opportunity to work with children and young people
Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 and above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
An advanced apprenticeship in the early years workforce gives people an opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of their development. You will need to work in a childcare environment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time).
Apprentices will need to have a contract of employment. Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
The advanced apprenticeship will help to build on the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 5 years. This apprenticeship is aimed at those who work on their own initiative and planning, or for people who supervise others. Your duties will include making sure that the children are well looked after, kept active and nourished. Your role will also require you to help children to develop social and practical skills. Your exact duties will depend on your employer.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
The topics covered in the course include:
A Level 2 childcare qualification is desirable. You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the Childcare sector. All applicants that are interested in applying for apprenticeship training will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments. All candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check.
An assessor will assess you in your work place environment providing on-going support to compile your portfolio of evidence which will also include written assignments. You will also attend college one evening a week for 28 weeks.
If you have achieved grade C or above in Maths, English and ICT (or grade 4 or above in the new grading scheme), you will not be required to undertake Functional Skills.
If you have achieved less than these grades, you will be required to achieve a minimum Level 2 Functional Skills prior to or during the apprenticeship. These will be assessed through external examination and workshops.
The advanced apprenticeship will enable you to progress to higher level jobs within the sector. These roles include, Nursery supervisor, Nursery Manager, preschool manager.
This qualification will also provide you with an opportunity to progress to higher education to study the foundation degree in Early Years.
Typical Starting Salary once qualified - £9,000- £12,000