Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Advanced Apprenticeship

Course Code: WW00008

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Course Overview

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children aged 0 – 5 years. It covers all aspects of work with children aged 0 – 5 years with additional knowledge regarding children 5 – 7 years.

This course is designed specifically for adult learners who are either already working or volunteering in an early year’s environment. Such as a nursery, children’s centre or reception class.  It will support you to gain employment and/or further your career working with children aged 0 – 5 years.

Within this course, not only will you gain a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce you will also gain a wide variety of skills that will support you in your career.  You will acquire a bank of knowledge relevant to your role and also learn a range of strategies surrounding communication, behaviour management, team work, management and leadership.  You will be supported to develop you own learning strategies, including computer literacy, academic literacy and referencing skills - all of which will then support you should you wish to progress into Higher Education and degree courses.

All classes are taught by specialist tutors with a wealth of experience in the early year’s sector.  All tutors engage in regular updating of skills within the industry and research to ensure currency of practice and information. Early year’s educator qualification although relatively new already has a strong and successful history of learners quickly gaining employment within the sector.

The part time programme design means that our provision is ideal for adults wishing to embark on a career change but who have other employment or family commitments.  The choice of class times is designed to accommodate family life. 

The College offers excellent progression opportunities into Higher Education and relevant Foundation Degree programmes which are in turn endorsed by local providers who are keen to encourage employees to further their knowledge and academic journey. 

Entry Requirements

In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:

  • Written confirmation from a nursery/nurseries or early year provider/s that they are willing to provide you with a placement on a weekly basis for the full duration of the course. Consideration must be given to the need to gain experience from 0 – 5 years.

Although GCSE Grade C in maths and English are not required to start the course, learners need to be aware that this qualification does not represent a full Level 3 License to Practice until these have been achieved.  Learners who do not currently have these qualifications will be supported to begin to work towards upskilling their maths and English qualifications

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will attend College for a 3 hour session each week (6 pm – 9 pm) on Tuesdays during term time from September 2016 until Dec 2017.  These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with 1-1 support also provided.  You will be assigned a group tutor who will support you in the collation of your written evidence and an assessor who will attend your placement and assess your competence in the workplace. It is anticipated that your assessor will conduct a minimum of 8 workplace assessments and that you will also undergo professional discussions with your assessor. You will also undertake 2 longitudinal studies.

Work Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of apprenticeships within the College are approved to train and support the students in the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Terms and Conditions

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