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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

APPLI­CA­TIONS FOR 202021 NOW OPEN! Please only apply for this course if you already have a suit­able employ­er to sup­port you through­out your Appren­tice­ship. If you do not cur­rent­ly have an employ­er you can apply for Appren­tice­ship vacan­cies by vis­it­ing www​.peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​s​/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​eship – vacan­cies Do you enjoy work­ing with chil­dren and pro­vid­ing a safe and car­ing envi­ron­ment? Are you an exist­ing role and want­i­ng to upskill? Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­ers are found in a range of pri­vate and pub­lic set­tings, and sup­port deliv­ery of the Ear­ly Years Foun­da­tion Stage (EYFS) require­ments set by gov­ern­ment for learn­ing, devel­op­ment and care of chil­dren from birth to 5 years of age in both indoor and out­door envi­ron­ments. As an Appren­tice you will work and inter­act direct­ly with chil­dren on a day-to-day basis, sup­port­ing the plan­ning and deliv­ery of activ­i­ties, pur­pose­ful play oppor­tu­ni­ties and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grammes with­in the ethos of the set­ting. You will work as part of a pro­fes­sion­al team ensur­ing the wel­fare and care for chil­dren under the guid­ance and super­vi­sion of a suit­ably qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­al in the Ear­ly Years Work­force. On a dai­ly basis you will inter­act with par­ents, chil­drenm col­leagues and wider mul­ti-agency pro­fes­sion­als and part­ners such as health vis­i­tors, social work­ers and speech and lan­guage ther­a­pists. You will also work in part­ner­ship with oth­er col­leagues, par­ents and/​carers or oth­er pro­fes­sion­als, with sup­port from a more senior mem­ber of the team, to meet the indi­vid­ual needs of each child. Appren­tices will have a respon­si­bil­i­ty for ensur­ing that you 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. Indi­vid­u­als will under­go all the checks as per the EYFS require­ments to ensure suit­abil­i­ty to work with chil­dren. You can apply for an Appren­tice­ship if you are liv­ing in Eng­land, over 16 and not in full – time edu­ca­tion. You must be in paid employ­ment for the dura­tion of your Appren­tice­ship, you can­not be self – employed or a vol­un­teer. Employ­ers must pay you the min­i­mum Appren­tice­ship wage or more, for a min­i­mum of 30 hours a week.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

All can­di­dates will be invit­ed to a pre inter­view with the Appren­tice­ship Recruit­ment Offi­cers and will take part in an ini­tial assess­ment for Eng­lish and Maths. You may also be required to com­plete an apti­tude test based on your cur­rent skills. We strong­ly rec­om­mend all can­di­dates also com­plete a min­i­mum of 2 weeks work expe­ri­ence with their employ­er pri­or to the start of the Appren­tice­ship to ensure the organ­i­sa­tion meets your needs.

Entry Require­ments

Entry require­ments of GCSEs at grade D/3 and above includ­ing Maths and Eng­lish. You are able to apply for this course with pre­dict­ed grades where applic­a­ble. Please note you may also be asked to com­plet­ed Maths and Eng­lish qual­i­fi­ca­tions as part of your Appren­tice­ship pro­gramme. You will also need a suit­able sup­port­ive employ­er who will guide you through your Appren­tice­ship. We strong­ly advise that you com­plete a min­i­mum of 2 weeks work expe­ri­ence with your cho­sen employ­er to ensure the organ­i­sa­tion is right for you. If you do not cur­rent­ly have an employ­er, you can apply for Appren­tice­ship Vacan­cies are adver­tised on our web­site – https://​www​.peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​s​/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​eship – vacancies/​Please only apply for this Appren­tice­ship course if you already have an employer.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

As well as being assessed con­tin­u­al­ly through­out your Appren­tice­ship course, all Appren­tices are required to com­plete an End – point Assess­ment in order to com­plete their qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The EPA is con­duct­ed inde­pen­dent­ly to your employ­er and Peter­bor­ough Region­al Col­lege and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowl­edge and behav­iours out­line in the Ear­ly Year Edu­ca­tor Appren­tice­ship Stan­dard. You will be grad­ed accord­ing to your indi­vid­ual per­for­mance. Through­out the dura­tion of your Appren­tice­ship you will com­plete a num­ber of assess­ments towards Lev­el 2 Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er qual­i­fi­ca­tion, only when this has been achieved can your asses­sor and employ­er agree to put your for­ward for the Gate­way’. This gate­way allows you to focus on and pre­pare for your EPA in order to com­plete your Appren­tice­ship. Dur­ing this time your employ­er will be expect­ed to sup­port you to pre­pare for your EPA through reg­u­lar train­ing. Your End-point assess­ment will con­sist of two parts which will be grad­ed at fail, pass and dis­tinc­tion and deter­mine you over­all Appren­tice­ship grade. • Assess­ment 1: Pro­fes­sion­al dis­cus­sion under­pinned by a port­fo­lio • Assess­ment 2: Knowl­edge test Through­out the Appren­tice­ship it is your respon­si­bil­i­ty with the help from your employ­er, asses­sor and col­lege tutors to ensure you are ready for your final inde­pen­dent EPA. More infor­ma­tion about your EPA will be giv­en to you by your Asses­sor at the Appren­tice­ship Sign Up.

Addi­tion­al Information

Real­i­ty Check: As an Appren­tice you need to be ful­ly com­mit­ted and care gen­uine­ly about the care and wel­fare of chil­dren. You will be respon­si­ble for the care needs of the indi­vid­ual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feed­ing, chang­ing nap­pies and toi­let­ing under direc­tion of senior mem­bers of the team. You also have the respon­si­bil­i­ty to ensure you recog­nise when a child is in dan­ger and/​or at risk of seri­ous harm of abuse and con­tribut­ing to the health and safe­ty of the chil­dren, staff and oth­ers on the premis­es. An Appren­tice will work on aver­age 30 – 37 hours a week, this may vary through­out the year depen­dent on sea­son­al trends and work­loads. An employed sta­tus Appren­tice you will: • Earn a wage – the nation­al min­i­mum wage for Appren­tices is £4.15 an hour, although many Appren­tices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employ­ee of the busi­ness, you can­not be self-employed or a vol­un­teer. • Have a con­tract of employ­ment — this must be giv­en to you at the start of your employ­ment. • Get paid hol­i­days — these will be detailed in your con­tract of employ­ment. • Receive train­ing — it is cru­cial to the suc­cess of your Appren­tice­ship that your employ­er sup­ports you with reg­u­lar train­ing. The Appren­tice­ship stan­dard states you must com­plete a min­i­mum of 20% off-the-job train­ing which can also include train­ing at Peter­bor­ough Region­al Col­lege and train­ing with­in the work­place. You will also be expect­ed to build a port­fo­lio and com­plete tasks on One-file and Google Classrooms.

Poten­tial Future Career

You will gain a Lev­el 2 Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er qual­i­fi­ca­tion. You can choose to progress onto a Lev­el 3 Ear­ly Years Edu­ca­tor Appren­tice­ship, sim­i­lar full time qual­i­fi­ca­tion or con­tin­ue with full time employ­ment. Typ­i­cal job roles include: Nurs­ery Assis­tant, Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er, Nurs­ery Prac­ti­tion­er, Nurs­ery Nurse, Assis­tant Child­min­der, Nan­ny and Ear­ly Years Worker

Course Con­tent

This Appren­tice­ship is designed for Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­ers to devel­op key knowl­edge, skills and behav­iours to sup­port pro­gres­sion towards man­age­ment respon­si­bil­i­ties. Key Skills: • Pro­mote health and well­be­ing in set­ting by encour­ag­ing babies and young chil­dren to con­sume healthy and bal­anced meals, snacks and drinks and be phys­i­cal­ly active • Car­ry out respect­ful care rou­tines appro­pri­ate to the devel­op­ment, stage, dig­ni­ty and needs of the child • Com­mu­ni­cate with all chil­dren in ways that will be under­stood, includ­ing ver­bal and non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and encour­age babies and young chil­dren to use a range of com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods. • Work with col­leagues to iden­ti­fy and plan enabling envi­ron­ments, activ­i­ties (both indoors and out­doors), play oppor­tu­ni­ties and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grammes to sup­port chil­dren’s holis­tic devel­op­ment. • Observe chil­dren, assess, plan and record the out­comes, shar­ing results accu­rate­ly and con­fi­den­tial­ly in line with expect­ed statu­to­ry frame­works and set­ting require­ments. • Work co-oper­a­tive­ly with col­leagues, oth­er pro­fes­sion­als and agen­cies to meet the needs of babies and young chil­dren and enable them to progress. Work along­side par­ents and/​or car­ers and recog­nise their role in the baby’s/​child’s health, well-being learn­ing and devel­op­ment. Key Knowl­edge and Behav­iours: • How chil­dren learn and expect­ed pat­tern of babies and chil­dren’s devel­op­ment • The impor­tance of chil­dren’s holis­tic devel­op­ment of speech, lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, per­son­al, social and emo­tion­al devel­op­ment, phys­i­cal devel­op­ment, lit­er­a­cy and numer­a­cy • The legal require­ments and guid­ance of safe­guard­ing, secu­ri­ty, con­fi­den­tial­i­ty of infor­ma­tion and pro­mot­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren and own role and respon­si­bil­i­ties in rela­tion to this • Ways to com­mu­ni­cate with all chil­dren appro­pri­ate for all their stages of devel­op­ment • The key stages in the obser­va­tion, assess­ment and plan­ning cycle and the val­ue of obser­va­tion for the child, the parents/​carers and the ear­ly years set­ting in plan­ning the next steps. • Part­ner­ship work­ing (includ­ing parents/​carers) in rela­tion to work­ing effec­tive­ly with chil­dren with spe­cial edu­ca­tion­al needs and dis­abil­i­ties • Own role and expect­ed behav­iours, includ­ing the impor­tance of reflec­tive prac­tice and con­tin­ued pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment to improve own skills and ear­ly years prac­tice. • As an Appren­tice you will be expect­ed to attend col­lege 1 day a month as part of your ongo­ing 20% off – the – job train­ing. Addi­tion­al off – the – job train­ing hours are expect­ed to be com­plet­ed with­in the work­place, how­ev­er you may be asked to com­plete tasks at home via Google Class­room and One – file. Please note you may also be asked to com­plete addi­tion­al Eng­lish and Maths qual­i­fi­ca­tions as part of the Appren­tice­ship programme.


Learn­ers may need to pur­chase uni­form and/​or equip­ment depend­ing on the employer.


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Real work place­ments on the course help pre­pare you for the real world and have helped me gain the expe­ri­ence I need­ed to secure an offer to study a Degree in Pri­ma­ry Education.

Stacey Hibbins



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