This award is recognised throughout the UK by both employers and universities as a high level qualification.
When completed as a two-year programme of study, it is widely accepted for entry to universities and for employment as a fully licensed practitioner. (On completion of your one-year Certificate, you would then take the Advanced Technical Diploma in Year Two).
In addition to classroom based studies, a large part of your time will be spent on a work placement, where you will develop your practical skills.
You must have attained five A-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (grade 4 or above).
You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within an Early Years setting. At College, you will cover units centred on four key themes:
Each unit is assessed separately through a variety of methods including portfolios, assignments, presentations, displays and a controlled assessment (a piece of work completed under exam conditions over a period of time).
Your practical skills will also be assessed in your work placement.
You need flat shoes and smart trousers and you should purchase a placement top from College.
You should also have an A4 ring folder, pens and paper. In addition, you will need to pay for your DBS check.
From time to time there may also be educational visits, which would incur a (subsidised) cost.
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.