What will the apprentice be doing?
- To be responsible for the safety and welfare of the children.
- To promote the physical, intellectual, emotional, educational and social development of the children.
- To ensure that there is a stimulating and varied programme of activities available to the children at all times.
- To ensure that the children are offered a nutritious and varied diet, appropriate to their age and development.
- To encourage, through example, alternatives to sexual stereo-typing imposed by society
- To ensure that the children are kept clean, and encouraged to wash their hands, wipe their noses etc. The children must always be escorted to the toilet.
- To be aware of the effect that racism in society and in ourselves has on children; to give every child in the nursery a positive image of its own particular ethnic background, through the attitude of staff and by the use of play and display materials.
- To notify the officer-in-charge or his/her deputy when each child is collected by their parent/carer.
- To keep progress records and reports the children.
- To develop and maintain a warm and supportive relationship with the parents, children and staff.
- To participate in planning activities.
- To ensure that all toys, equipment and materials are safe for the use of pre-school children, and in a good state of repair. Toys must be washed once a week.
- To perform any other duties required at the discretion of the officer-in-charge or management.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Online or in-person training around the curriculum, well-being and safe-guarding – this is the same training given to all staff.
Programme: Early Years Practitioners
Duration: 12 months
Course Type: Apprenticeship Standard
Apprenticeship Delivery: Work based qualification. A tutor will visit you every 4-6 weeks in your workplace.
What will be achieved?
Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners
Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Standard
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if no prior exemption)
What will be involved at level 2?
The Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship is made up of several components which develop the practitioner’s knowledge, skills and behaviour.
The programme is spread across 12 months and covers 11 units across 2 themes:
Following enrolment and induction, programme units are grouped into 2 themes which complement each other. These are:
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Children’s Learning & Development
As part of government policy to raise the quality of an apprentice’s learning, a ‘20% off the job learning’ policy applies to apprenticeships. Off-the-job training can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.
Apprentices also work towards a Level 1 or 2 qualification in English and maths in the first half of the programme if they have no prior exemption (GCSE’s A - C / 4 - 9 or equivalents in English and Maths).
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
A permanent full time position would be offered subject to satisfactory completion of the apprenticeship as well as progression to the Early Years Educator apprenticeship programme.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent English (Grade A- C. 4 - 9* or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A- C. 4 - 9* or equivalent) Essential