Early Years Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Educator

A career in Early Years is truly rewarding. As an Early Years Practitioner or an Early Years Educator, you’ll be responsible for the care, welfare and education of very young children. 

You’ll be helping to shape a child’s future by building caring and nurturing relationships to help them feel secure, confident and independent. 

You’ll be responsible for planning and providing play activities to help young children’s development and learning, and to help them to become ready for school.  

You’ll need good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team. You’ll need to be caring and nurturing, as well as patient and understanding as you could be working with children from birth to end of Reception year.

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Become a qualified Early Years Educator through Apprenticeships

Overview

On this programme you’ll learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an Early Years Practitioner 

You’ll also gain:

  • 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 

Length of Course  

16 months  

As an Early Years Educator, you will: 

  • Plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child 

  • Support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play 
  • Have key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure 
  • Observe each child and shape their learning experience, reflecting their observations and assessments 
  • Meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine 
  • Work 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. 

On this programme you’ll learn: 

  • the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an Early Years Educator 

  • You’ll also gain 
  • 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 

Length of programme  

21 months  

Overview

An Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) is a proactive and highly skilled practitioner, that competently leads day-to-day practice at an organisational level but is still directly involved with the children.

As a highly skilled practitioner they are influential in the delivery of the care, learning and development of young children, adapting practice to meet individual needs providing an inclusive and holistic provision.

On this programme you’ll learn: 

  • To promote the health and well-being of all children, self-regulation and resilience 

  • to provide playful, sensitive interaction opportunities that reflect children’s needs, interests and motivations in order to facilitate and extend deep level learning 
  • to participate in and lead daily routines and practice, including children’s’ personal care and play and maintaining the physical environment 
  • to be an effective key person and advocate for the child, supporting the child’s developmental, emotional and daily needs within a secure and caring relationship 

Length of programme  

24 months  

Early Years

Apprentice Practitioner Apples & Pears

Company

Salary £13312.00 per year