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Apprenticeship, Level 2

Early Years Practitioner

An Early Years Practitioner will work and interact directly with children, where they support the planning and delivery of activities, play opportunities and educational programmes within the childcare setting, ensure the welfare and care for the children.

The apprentice will help support the observation and assessment of each child, contributing to their learning experiences and assisting with the individual care needs of each child.

This apprenticeship is suitable for a range of private and public childcare settings including: children’s centres reception classes, pre-schools, nursery schools, playgroups and social care settings.

Job Occupations: Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Assistant, Nursery Practitioner

Planned Duration: 15 months (Practical period: 12 months, End Point Assessment period: 3 months)

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. If you are aged 16 or above, are driven to succeed in a particular industry and are willing to commit yourself to training and study, then an Apprenticeship could be the right career move for you.

The apprentice will learn, work, earn and achieve a qualification all at the same time.

To achieve the apprenticeship they will complete the following:

  • An industry designed and recognised apprenticeship
  • End Point Assessment (Professional Discussion and Knowledge Test)

The apprentice will work towards the following Functional Skills:

  • Mathematics up to Level 2
  • English up to Level 2

Learners who have already achieved GCSEs (A-C or equivalent) in Maths and English may be exempt from Functional Skills.

The apprenticeship is work based, however the apprentice may be required to attend College for functional skills if needed.

Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship (unless an employer stipulates any themselves) however all potential apprentices will undertake a basic Maths and English assessment prior to enrolment.

Professional Discussion and Knowledge Test

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