Apprenticeships / Early Years Childcare, Residential Childcare, Playwork

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 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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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (QCF)

This Level 3 apprenticeship qualification is part of the Children and Young People’s Workforce Framework and has been developed to equip individuals with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to work within Residential Children’s Homes. The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare is a BTEC/Knowledge based qualification.

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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (QCF)

This level 3 apprenticeship qualification is nationally recognised and is aimed at learners working in a playwork setting. Settings could be out-of-school clubs and seasonal holiday clubs.

The Level 3 Diploma provides knowledge about the role of the Level 3 Playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It prepares learners for roles in management of play environments and as line managers of other staff.

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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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