This course is for anyone aged 16+ who is working or would like to work with babies and young children from birth to 5 years. It will prepare you to enter employment or you could use it as a stepping stone to higher education courses. Working with young children is challenging and requires sensitivity, patience and the ability to work well with others.
An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional the Early Years Workforce.
Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
The course is arranged over themes including:
Apprenticeships are delivered in the workplace and 20% of your working time will be dedicated to ‘Off the Job Training’. You will be allocated a personal Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator and will have access to our online study area where you will find all your assessment materials.
Your Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator will provide you with personal tutorial support and assessment at pre-arranged times.
Assessment is through a variety of methods including observations in the workplace, witness testimonies, product evidence, professional discussions, assignments, projects and case studies. All evidence will be logged to your electronic portfolio.
End point assessment is by an independent assessment organisation and comprises of two activities – knowledge test and portfolio-based professional discussion. You will be working towards the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard (Knowledge and Understanding, Skills and Behaviours). You must complete the following approved qualifications mandated in the standard: • NCFE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner • English and maths Functional Skills Level 1 (if not already achieved) Where Level 1 has been achieved (GCSE Grade 2-3 or equivalent) you will work towards and take the test for Level 2 Functional Skills.
Achievement of the intermediate apprenticeship standard will enable apprentices to go onto study the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard and access higher level jobs within the sector.