Early Years Educator – Standard

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Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Educator:

  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Learners must have a good command of English and will be required to achieve level 2 in English and maths prior to completion of the course.

Method of Assessment

All apprenticeship standards must include independent end assessment to check the apprentice’s overall performance against the standard. Independent end assessment occurs when the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is working consistently at or above the level set out in the apprenticeship standard.

Knowledge test: a multi-choice test to last a maximum of 60 minutes and include 35 equally weighted multi-choice questions with four possible answers each. The assessment should typically be passed before the apprentice progresses to the interview.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio: This assessment will take the form of a professional discussion, which must be appropriately structured to draw out the best of the apprentice’s competence and excellence and cover the KSBs assigned to this assessment method. It will involve the questions that will focus on coverage of prior learning or activity.

This assessment method will offer a full synoptic assessment of the apprentice, testing aspects of knowledge, skills and behaviours. It will allow the apprentice to evidence both the knowledge gained and its application through skills and behaviours. The discussion will allow the assessor to thoroughly test understanding through open and follow up (clarification) questions.

This method also complements the qualification and the knowledge test, giving apprentices the best possible opportunity to evidence their competence, including beyond the level outlined in the standard (distinction). The underpinning portfolio also includes naturally-occurring evidence, which can be probed in detail to ensure understanding of the KSBs.

Progression Routes

Successful  completion of these apprenticeship standards can lead on to learners undertaking childcare study at levels 4 and 5.

Apprenticeship Framework

No framework attached.