Early Years Educator ApprenticeshipLevel 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard
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.
No formal entry requirements.
Set by the employer
In the workplace. Some knowledge sessions and testing may take place at one of our campuses.
The Apprentice’s Journey
Training and development takes place during this part of the Apprenticeship. It may include a qualification if set in the Standard.
Formative assessment of skills, knowledge and behaviours is required in the delivery of the apprenticeship and this will be outlined in the assessment plan.
Apprentices have to reach a minimum level of Maths and English set by the apprenticeship. If they’ve not previously achieved this, they’ll need further study and support.
What apprentices learn while on-programme
‘On-programme’ is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set in each standard. Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. You can track and authorise the 20% through our e-portfolio, Smart Assessor.
Mandatory modules you will need to cover include:
- Legal requirements and guidelines;
- Child development;
- Working with others;
- Diploma optional units;
- Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator);
- Level 3 award in Paediatric first aid.
The apprentice, employer and training provider should have regular reviews to keep the apprentice on target. Apprentices need to develop behaviours to show they are professional, committed, work in a responsible and ethical manner and can reflect on their performance and are self-aware.
The employer and provider must sign off the apprentice as ready to move on to end-point assessment.
3. End-Point Assessment (EPA)
The end-point assessment must demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in the occupation in a fully competent, holistic and productive way.
The assessment will be graded if required by the apprenticeship.
The assessment organisation and assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.
How apprentices demonstrate their learning
- Knowledge Test;
- Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio.
4. Apprenticeship Certificate
On successful completion, the end-point assessment organisation will apply to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the Apprenticeship certificate. The certificate is sent to the apprentice’s employer.
In successful completion of this Apprenticeship you will have the option to progress onto the following:
Successful completion of this apprenticeship will enable further experience and training in your industry to support your job role.
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