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Where will this course lead?

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 and reception classes. Apprentice may either be working on their own or supervising others, to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements, as set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Educator will plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities, which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child. Apprentices will support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play and have key person responsibility, to help ensure each child feels safe and secure. They will observes each child and shape their learning experience to reflect their observations, in addition to meeting the care needs of the individual child, such as feeding, changing nappies and administering medicine. Further to this, they will work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers, or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child.

Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children. With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which may include the following subjects, dependent upon your role…

  · The expected patterns of children's development from birth to 5 years old and have an understanding of further   development from ages 5 to 7

· The significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively

· Theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop and their influence on practice

· Individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown, adoption and care, as well as their     potential effects and support requirements 

· Diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences

· Holistic development of speech, language, communication, as well as personal, social, emotional and physical   development

· Systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and     mathematics

· Current early education curriculum requirements and criteria

How will this course be delivered?

The apprenticeship programme consists of 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training. You will receive on-the-job training from your employer and will also be allowed 20% off-the job training, which will involve independent study.

Your independent study will be recorded in a learning journal, to capture evidence of your experiences, reflections and achievements.

An assessor coach will be allocated to you and will visit your workplace on a regular basis, liaising with your work-based mentor, but you will also receive master-class workshops from college tutors.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.

What qualifications will I get?

· Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard

· Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice's progress and development will be assessed at regular stages - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, exams, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace.

The employer and training provider will formally sign-off the apprentice's readiness for the independent End Point Assessment (EPA) at 'gateway'. Gateway is the point at which the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum knowledge, skills and behaviours required, as detailed within the apprenticeship standard.

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of 2 distinct components:

· A computer-based knowledge test with multi-choice questions

· Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence

· Performance in the EPA will determine your overall apprenticeship grade i.e. pass or distinction.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:

https://www.solihull.ac.uk/apprentice/how-do-i-apply

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:

https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

To secure a place of study on the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

· English GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Mathematics GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Demonstrate a passion for childcare

· Be at least 16 years of age

· You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, prior to starting your qualification

· You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

What else do I need to know?

As part of the national apprenticeship guidance, you will also undergo Equality and Diversity, British values and Prevent Training, which will prepare you with the necessary behaviour needed to work within the construction industry.

Furthermore, you will also be required to complete 20% 'off-the-job' training as a minimum requirement for the apprenticeship course, which will require self-directed study, where will be supported by your assessor coach and work-based mentor.

There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary. Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: apprenticeships@solihull.ac.uk

Please note that employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for the apprentice's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

· Continue your employment in the industry

OR

· Progress onto higher level qualifications through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Team Leader or Operations Manager.

Location

Work-based

Start Date

Various

Day

Various

Time

Various

Course Fee

N/A

Course Code

ZPB00430OCAP

Study Mode

Part Time

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Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?

£17,680
NATIONAL AVERAGE

Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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