09 Jun Considering an Apprenticeship in Early Years?
If you are considering an apprenticeship in Early Years, you should consider the following;
By Chelsea Hills at The Childcare Company (approved Apprenticeship Provider)
We will be by your side all the way
Our delivery of training is through blended learning. Our sector specialist development coaches will deliver teaching sessions using various methods, including face to face teaching, video call, telephone, and peer virtual classroom, while using our interactive multi-sensory teaching resources. Teaching sessions are typically delivered bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the learner’s preferred learning style. Additionally, the development coach will provide the support required to ensure the learner enjoys and ultimately successfully achieves their goals and completes their training. Our team are approachable at any stage of their learning journey.
Am I too old to be on an apprenticeship programme
An apprenticeship is a skills and knowledge learning journey through a standard programme in the sector they work in. There is a myth that an apprenticeship is only for a young person who has just left school – this is not true. Apprenticeships are open to all age ranges. We have learners in their sixties undertaking an apprenticeship – apprentices are available for individuals starting out in their first role or an existing member of staff looking to upskill in their current or a new role.
Should I do a L2 or L3?
Level 2 Early Years Practitioner;
This qualification will provide you with an introduction to the childcare sector, enabling you to understand the responsibilities of a Nursery Assistant / Early Years Practitioner. The Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification will enable you to work in settings such as a nursery, preschool, creche or playgroup, as well as becoming a childminder or childminders assistant. The duration of this qualification is 12 to 15 months, dependant on your selected funding route. To meet the entry requirements for this qualification, you will need to be working for a minimum of 16 hours per week in one of the above settings. This qualification is a work-based diploma, so we will need to complete observations with you in the setting.
Level 3 Early Years Educator;
To be a fully qualified childcare practitioner counted in staff:child ratio, the practitioner must hold the Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma and a suitable Level 2 mathematics and English qualification. This includes GCSEs. The Level 3 Early Years Practitioner qualification will fully qualify you to work with children aged 1 year 11 months up to 5 years olds. This qualification will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead on child:staff ratio in the workplace. You can also use this qualification to apply for a room leader, deputy manager or manager job role within a day nursery or preschool as you will be a fully qualified practitioner. This qualification will also qualify you to become a self-employed childminder. The duration of this qualification is 12-15 months, dependent on your selected funding route. To meet the entry requirements of this qualification, you will need to be working for a minimum of 16 hours per week in either a day nursery or preschool. You will need to be working with children aged 1 year 11 months up to 5 years old.
If you are still unsure if this route is for you please get in touch and we will be happy to answer your questions. Either email Chelsea at:
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