Early Years Educator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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Working in the education sector can be incredibly rewarding. You could go on to help support the educational development of children within a range of settings, such as nurseries. Working in this sector will require a patient nature and a passion for teaching.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an Apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those currently employed in this sector or looking to secure employment within this sector as a Nursery Worker, Nursery Nurse, Nursery Teaching Assistant or Nursery Supervisor. They are often work within a nursery, early learning and childcare setting, providing care for young children and/or deliver the early year's foundation stage within a maintained school setting.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Contributing to lesson plans and activities
  • Helping to improve team practice in schools
  • Supporting children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Providing displays in schools

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (CACHE)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (City & Guilds)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills ICT (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • The ability to follow instructions but also use your own initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to develop good relationships with the team, children, parents and other professionals
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Punctual
  • A willingness to develop your skills and knowledge

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs.

If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years.

The average duration of this apprenticeship is 2 years. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This level 3 apprenticeship confirms competence in this area and serves as the required qualification (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the early learning and childcare sector. It also ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce, contributing to the development of the education sector and increasing the quality of early years' educators throughout the UK.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Caroline Lidster

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Sophie

““Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

Sophie, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

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