Education and Childcare Apprenticeships

Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Educator

A career in Early Years is exceptionally rewarding. As an Early Years Practitioner or an Early Years Educator, you are responsible for the care, welfare and education of children in their earliest years.

The care and education children receive in their formative years can have a profound and long-lasting impact on them throughout their lives. As a professional in Early Years, you are helping to shape children’s futures. It is vital children build secure attachments with those who care for them, the caring and nurturing relationships you are responsible for building and maintaining help to support security, confidence and independence. You will be responsible for planning and providing purposeful play opportunities that help to shape early learning and development, building strong foundations and enabling children to become school-ready.

Each day in Early Years will be full of possibilities. To be successful in an Early Years career you will require good communication skills and be able to work effectively as part of a wider team. A caring and nurturing personality is crucial as too is patience, understanding, commitment and enthusiasm. Early Years programmes are ideal for anyone working with children from birth to the end of reception (EYFS curriculum).

Children’s education starts in the Early Years, however, if you are interested in working in more formal educational settings, we also deliver the Teaching Assistant Standard at Level 3. This Standard is suitable for those working with children from year 1 through to year 13. As a Teaching Assistant in a Primary, Special or Secondary school you are responsible for working in partnership with the class teacher supporting the delivery of the National Curriculum.

Education and Training

Education and Training is a varied career area that can span many areas of teaching and learning and can include various methods of education, from classroom-based teaching, one-to-one mentoring and coaching learners to achieve their goals.

If you enjoy a constantly evolving profession, the education and training sector offers a unique opportunity to influence apprentices and develop new professional skills.

If you have excellent communication and presentation skills and are concerned with preserving the integrity of academic institutions and maintaining the wellbeing of the education sector, then a learning coach or learning mentor apprenticeship could be the best route for you.

Progression opportunities

Already a Level 3 Early Years Educator or qualified Teaching Assistant and looking to develop your skills set? Does your company support Apprenticeship learners? Would you like to develop your skills as a workplace mentor?

See details about our Learning Mentor Apprenticeship below.

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Early Years traineeship

Our traineeships are designed for young people who are not yet ready to gain employment or an Apprenticeship programme.

A substantial part of your traineeship programme is work experience; you will attend a payment for 2 days each week.

You will have a dedicated Total People Learner Coach and a workplace mentor that support you to develop essential skills providing you with the best opportunity to progress.

A Traineeship includes:

  • High quality work experience
  • Early Years vocational skills
  • Employability skills
  • Maths & English Functional Skills

A traineeship is not employment and therefore there is no wage, bursary payments are subject to eligibility. Placements subject to DBS checks.

Length of programme: Between 6 weeks and 6 months.

Progression Opportunities:

  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 3 Early Years educator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Employment
  • FE

The Early Years Practitioner Standard – Level 2

An EYP interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children. Due to the nature and level of responsibility it is not anticipated that the role would have any budgetary or leadership responsibilities.

They will be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure.

An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of a more senior member of the team. They will also work in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child. They will also have a responsibility for ensuring that they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises”. Institute for Apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Standard will include: 

  • Developing the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB’s) to fully undertake the occupational duties of an Early Years Practitioner.
  • An EYP qualification as recognised by the Department for Education such as the NCFE/CACHE L2 Diploma for the Early Years practitioner
  • Functional Skills maths and English
  • End Point Assessment*

Typical Length of Course – 13 months plus Gateway (3 months) – 16 months typical

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

The Early Years Educator Standard – Level 3

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Educator:

  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting

Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.” Institute for Apprenticeships 

The EYE Standard includes:

  • Developing the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB’s) to fully undertake the role of an Early Years Educator.
  • A L3 EYE qualification as recognised by the Department for Education such as the NCFE/CACHE L3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Functional Skills maths and English
  • End Point Assessment*

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

Length of programme 18 months plus 3 months Gateway (21 months typical)

Teaching Assistant traineeship

Our traineeships are designed for young people who are not yet ready to gain employment or an Apprenticeship programme.

A substantial part of your traineeship programme is work experience; you will attend a payment for 2 days each week.

You will have a dedicated Total People Learner Coach and a workplace mentor that support you to develop essential skills providing you with the best opportunity to progress.

  • A Traineeship includes:
  • High quality work experience
  • Teaching Assistant vocational skills
  • Employability skills
  • Maths & English Functional Skills

A traineeship is not employment and therefore there is no wage, bursary payments are subject to eligibility. Placements subject to DBS checks.

Length of programme: Between 6 weeks and 6 months.

Progression Opportunities:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard
  • Employment
  • FE

Teaching Assistant Standard – Level 3

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.” Institute for Apprenticeships

Standard Includes:

  • Developing the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB’s) to fully undertake the role of a Teaching Assistant
  • Functional Skills maths and English
  • End Point Assessment*

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

Length on programme: 18 months plus 3 months Gateway (21 months typical)

Progression Opportunities:

  • Potential progression to HLTA status
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher

Learning Mentor Level 3

With our Level 3 Learning Mentor apprenticeship standard, you will gain industry recognised skills. In addition to learning ‘on the job’ you will also learn how to mentor via a series of workshops throughout your apprenticeship. 

Learning Mentors support the development of learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, throughout their programme, particularly in applying theoretical learning in practical work environments (and usually on a one-to-one, or small group, basis). They give practical, technical and/or pastoral support and guidance.

Other areas of the qualification will include: 

  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in ICT 
  • Safeguarding Level 1
  • End Point Assessment*

Length of Course – 13 months

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass, merit or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include:

  • A strong aspiration to support learners.
  • (As a dual-professional) A qualification, at an appropriate level in the candidate’s vocational/subject specialism.
  • Recent experience and knowledge relevant to the context of the mentoring role (e.g. current industry standards).
  • Candidates may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Cost

This will be dependent on the size of the employer and if the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer. This can be discussed with Total People Ltd.  

Assessor Coach Level 4

With our Level 4 Assessor Coach apprenticeship standard, you will gain industry recognised skills. In addition to learning ‘on the job’ you will also learn how to assess and coach via a series of workshops throughout your apprenticeship. 

You will be allocated a learning coach who will support and guide you to maximise your potential for success through each element of the apprenticeship. You will be working towards a qualification that is valued by employers and which will enable you to move on to further learning if you wish. 

Other areas of the qualification will include: 

  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in ICT 
  • Safeguarding Level 1
  • End Point Assessment*

Length of Course – 15 months

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass, merit or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include:

  • (As a dual-professional) - A qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in your vocational/subject specialism.
  • Candidates may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C, or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Cost

This will be dependent on the size of the employer and if the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer. This can be discussed with Total People Ltd. 

Skills Teacher Standard – Level 5

This is a 24-month programme (excluding gateway) and includes a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. The Learning and Skills Teacher is ‘dual-professional’, having first achieved competence in a vocational or subject specialism and then subsequently trained as a teacher.

LSTs (Learning and Skills Teachers) are responsible for planning and delivering learning that is current, relevant, challenging, and that inspires learners to engage and achieve their full potential. LSTs collaborate closely with colleagues and other ETS professionals in supporting learner progress. LSTs ensure the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of learners.

The Standard Includes:

  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours required to undertake the role of a skills teacher in FE
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training
  • Level 2 NCFE / CACHE Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding & Prevent
  • 100 hours teaching practice minimum (classroom delivery with groups)
  • Functional Skills English, maths & ICT L2 if not achieved prior to entry

*All apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA):

  • The EPA is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • It takes place once you, the employer and learning coach agree that you are ready
  • The assessment is carried out independently by a neutral centre and examiner
  • You get two opportunities to pass the EPA, and can achieve a pass or distinction
  • If the attempts to pass are unsuccessful, you will unfortunately fail the entire apprenticeship

Length of programme:

24 months minimum plus 8 weeks Gateway

Progression Opportunities:

  • Apply for QTLS
  • Curriculum leadership role

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