Early Years Practitioner Level 2 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
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
    • Study Mode
    • Course Location
      work based
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      15 (+4 EPA) months
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  • Overview

    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 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce gives successful apprentices a ‘licence to practice’ and the ability to support the fully qualified Level 3 staff in the workplace.

    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 16 years for example, nurseries, pre- schools, play groups, schools.

    Course content for Level 2 Certificate

    Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

    Functional skills – prior learning will be assessed and Apprentices supported to work towards the correct level of Literacy, Numeracy & ICT if required.

    This is a 15 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. 

    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 35 credits. There are twelve units which are mandatory, totalling 33 credits:

    • Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s settings.
    • Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s settings.
    • Introduction to Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s settings
    • Child and Young Person Development Level 3.
    • Contribute to the support of Child and Young Person Development.
    • Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People.
    • Contribute to Children’s and Young people’s Health and Safety.
    • Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour.
    • Contribute to the support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People.
    • Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young people.
    • Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury.

    The remaining credits can be achieved through a wide range of units to suit the apprentice and the setting.

  • 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.

    There will be portfolio building and tests related to Functional Skills if required.

  • 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 2 Certificate course, if the Apprentice has developed within the workplace, they may be able to progress directly to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce (Diploma Level 3). If the Apprentice needs more experience in dealing with parents etc, they may wish to progress to a Level 2 in Customer Service. 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.