Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship
The Apprenticeship offered in this area give people a fulfilling opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the 'hows' and 'whys' of their development. Equally, it ensures candidates put childcare theory into practice.
- Course Information
An Apprenticeship is the start of that route and ascertains a candidate’s competence in caring for the children in their care and providing stimulating environments and experiences. A Diploma for the Early Years Workforce will also give successful apprentices a ‘licence to practice’.
Candidates needs to be caring, honest, reliable, patient, friendly, use own initiative, have good communication skills, be practical and a problem solver. They need to be working in a setting that cares for and educates children and young people within the age range of birth to 5 years for example, nurseries, pre- schools, play groups, schools.
Course Content for Level 3 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.
Functional skills – prior learning will be assessed and Apprentices supported to work towards the correct level of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if required.
Induction to Work in Children’s Social Care – set out the first things you need to know for your work with children and young people.
The qualification requires the completion of units amounting to 65 credits within the following three areas:
- Health and well-being
- Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
- Play, development and learning for school readiness
This is a 18 month course (+ 4 months EPA) which is delivered in the work place. As part of this qualification, you will also be expected to attend the college once a month.
- Entry Requirements
4 x GCSE A*-D / 9-3 which must include GCSE English at A*-C / 9-4 and Maths at A*-D / 9-3 or equivalent.
Please note that employers may stipulate higher entry requirements than those listed and should therefore be treated as the minimum entry criteria. However, if you do not currently meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, you may also be considered based on related subject qualifications and/or life/work experience or upon successfully achieving the required Basic and Key Skill Builder (BKSB) results.
Should you meet entry requirements but not hold a level 4/C in English and/or Maths you will need to complete a functional skills course alongside your apprenticeship. As part of the application process you will be assessed to see your current working level, acceptance will be based on this outcome. Your programme duration may be extended to allow for functional skills.
All information correct at the time of publication but could be subject to change.
- How will I be assessed?
Apprentices will build a portfolio of evidence containing examples of work-based evidence, assignments and observations. This will confirm competence and knowledge. Each Apprentice will be elected a qualified work-based trainer assessor from Runshaw College who will assess their practical skills and competence in the workplace.
- Employer Requirements
Employers must be prepared to work with their Apprentices to develop their knowledge and skills by providing a wide range of learning and training opportunities as well organise and allow off the job training. Employers are also expected to encourage Apprentices to research their chosen vocation and to support any work experience that will benefit the Apprentice to come up to the required level of competence.
- Progression Pathway
After the Level 3 Diploma, if the Apprentice has developed within the workplace, they may be able to progress directly to Foundation Degree in Early years. Other possible qualifications in the sector are Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma.
- Attendance & Support
Runshaw College believes that attendance and punctuality are key factors in the timely success of an Apprenticeship. Apprentices are accepted on the basis that they will have a high level of attendance at College and in the workplace. Persistent or regular absenteeism is a disciplinary offence and may lead to dismissal from the programme.
Runshaw Apprentices will be offered support and be encouraged to develop the ability to work on their own and as team players. We expect our Apprentices to show enthusiasm and the motivation to reach and exceed their goals.
It is important to maintain time keeping and attendance for both college and work place sessions to ensure learners remain on target.
- DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Check
You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with vulnerable adults, children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). A charge of £48* for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee is included in the course fees. If you are eligible for fee remission, there will be no DBS charge. If you are an Apprentice, this will be organised by your employer. *Price correct from June 2022.
You will need to complete a DBS for this course and in doing so will need to provide 3 ID documents. These can include; Birth Certificate, Driving License, Passport, Bank statement or a letter.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.