This framework develops knowledge and skills relating to the Early Years Educator (i.e. those working with children from birth to 5 years - and gaining knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years - within a setting which provides care and education for children across this age range.)
This apprenticeship pathway is suitable for those looking to join the Early Years workforce and those already working in the sector.
You should be aged over 16 and working in a supervisory role in a children's nursery. You should normally have completed and achieved a Level 2 qualification but this can depend on your experience and job role. You should also have achieved a Level 1 qualification in Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT.
You will meet with your assessor either in a group of other learners or on a one-to-one basis. This will either be at a College site or at your workplace. There is no exam.
You will work with your assessor to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence and knowledge of your job role. You will be observed in your job role by your assessor to demonstrate your competence.
You can discuss your next career steps with the assessor.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.