Advanced Apprenticeship Early Years Workforce


This apprenticeship allows you to work with your employer 4 days a week and come to college on day release (college attendance is currently set at 95%). During your time at college you will cover written knowledge and be set assignments and homework tasks. Your tutor will also visit you every other month in your workplace setting and assess your occupational competence.

Evidence methods include:

Direct observations
Professional discussions
Expert witness statements
Reflective accounts
Written tasks
Assignment work
Case studies
Child observations
Planning your own work products with children
Childrens activity planning

The course has a pass or refer grading system.

Course requirements

Minimum of four GCSEs at grade A-C including maths and English. Alternatively you may have completed a suitable full-time programme at Level 2.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and provide suitable references and clear criminal records check.

What will I do?

This course covers 4 main themes of learning:

Theme 1 Health and Wellbeing

This theme covers a variety of units including:
Food and nutrition
Physical exercise
Childrens emotional wellbeing
Supporting care routines
Looking after children who are unwell

The unit is combined learning with both written tasks and practical assessments.

Theme 2 Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice

This theme covers a variety of units including:
Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Working in partnership

The unit is combined learning with both written tasks and practical assessments.

Theme 3 Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

This theme covers a variety of units including:
Understanding the value of play and planning, reviewing play opportunities for children
Promoting play environments
Developing childrens emergent literacy and numeracy skills
Supporting childrens transitions to school
Developing childrens holistic skills
Supporting children with additional needs
Use of observation and assessment to promote the development of children
Longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for childrens needs

The unit is combined learning with both written tasks and practical assessments.

Theme 4 Engage in Professional Development

This theme covers:
Engaging in professional development

What will it give me?

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain good knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Materials needed

You are asked to purchase a text book to support your through your coursework, 2 Lever Arch files for your class work and portfolio building and also file dividers, plastic pockets and other appropriate stationery.

As a CACHE centre we will provide you with the necessary handbooks and assignment tasks to complete your written work. We also have a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where work is set and research materials can be found.

What can I do when I finish?

Job roles include:

Practitioner in day nurseries
Practitioner in nursery schools
Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
Pre-school worker

There are also progression routes within Bishop Auckland College such as Foundation Degree in Early Years in partnership with Sunderland University, which could also lead to a teaching qualification.

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