Apprenticeship in Early Years

Are there any additional costs?

There are no specific extra costs, just stationery for study.


Apprenticeships in Early Years are work-based learning programmes which allow learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst developing practical skills in the work place. Apprenticeships in Early Years are available for caring and enthusiastic individuals who wish to support children from birth to five years to achieve their potential.

What are the entry requirements?

These are dependent on the sector and the criteria of some employers, but they are normally:

Apprentice Level 2: A minimum of four GCSEs at grades A ? D, grades 9 - 4 including English Language and mathematics.

Advanced Apprentice Level 3: An Apprenticeship at Level 2 or other equivalent Early Years qualification or experience and GCSE English Language and mathematics grades A*- C.

Higher Level Apprenticeship Level 4: These are available in some subject areas; but in all instances you will need to be already qualified to Level 3.

Students must have a clear DBS Certificate.

What subjects will I study?

Apprentice ? Level 2
Units studied include: Introduction to communication in health, social care and childcare settings, introduction to personal development, introduction to equality and inclusion, child and young person development, safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people, maintain and support relationships, support positive behaviour, contribute to the supporting child and young person development, contribute to health and safety, support positive environments and understand partnership working.

Advanced Apprentice ? Level 3
Units studied include: Health and wellbeing, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development. The themes are split into 23 units, including longitudinal studies of child development.

How will I learn?

The apprenticeship framework is made up of practical work based training (with your employer) and training in college. In college you will study theory and gain the knowledge required to work as a childcare practitioner. As an apprentice you will learn about employee rights and responsibilities and develop skills in ICT. If required an apprentice will study maths and English to GCSE level.

How will I be assessed?

The apprenticeship is assessed on practical aptitude, a portfolio of work and examination in ICT, English and maths.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Once the apprenticeship has finished there is the opportunity to keep on working with your Level 3 qualification, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education. Here at Furness College you can continue your studies by applying for the Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and Their Services.

How long is the course?

Level 2: 12 months
Level 3: 24 months

Can I get more information?

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