Apprenticeships / Early Years Childcare, Residential Childcare, Playwork

Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Practitioner

As a practitioner you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. You will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families.

You will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present. You will agree with the child, young person or family any specific interventions or referrals. Your approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe. You will work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes.

The new, National Standards have changed the concept of learning and placed the emphasis for this directly with your employer. During the course of this qualification, the route you will take will link directly to your current job role and assist you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding and the behaviours required to carry out your job role in an efficient and effective manner.

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Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)

This qualification is a recognised qualification for those wishing to enter an apprenticeship for the children and young people’s workforce in England. It covers the age range from birth to 19 years and requires the learner to spend time in a real work environment.

It is intended to guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to the children and young people’s workforce and will provide progression to the early learning and childcare, social care and learning development and support services workforces. The qualification confirms competence under supervision in these areas where appropriate and serves as a progression pathway to the required qualification at Level 3 or above.

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Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners

This newly introduced Level 2 apprenticeship framework issued for teaching in September 2019 allows all successful learners the opportunity to be recognised within childcare ratios. The aim of this qualification is to give learners knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, birth–5 years.

This qualification meets the Department for Education (DfE) Level 2 criteria that set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a practitioner must demonstrate to achieve an Early Years Practitioner (Level 2) qualification and be considered as qualified to support young children aged from birth to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

On completion of the qualification, learners can be counted towards the statutory framework for the EYFS staff: child ratio at Level 2.

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners is for learners who are employed in, or who are interested in working in, the early years settings in the role of Early Years Practitioner.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role; for details of the units included in this qualification
  • develop appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in their job role and the long-term success of their organisation
  • develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • demonstrate the behaviours expected of all Early Years Practitioners carrying out their role.

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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

This apprenticeship qualification is a direct replacement for the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and is an NVQ/Competence based qualification.

The applicant should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others and should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

The Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is for learners who work in, or want to work with children in Early Years settings in England only. It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate competence as an Early Years Educator, Child minder or Nursery Nurse
  • develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in early years education
  • have existing skills recognised
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning

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Early Years Educator – Standard

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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