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Apprenticeship training course

Early years educator (level 3)

Highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Qualification level
3
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Education and childcare
Maximum funding
£6,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Analyse and explain how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as the needs of children learning English as an additional language from a variety of cultures.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Plan and lead activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes which include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements.
  • Ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
  • Provide learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individual and groups of children.
  • Encourage children’s participation, ensuring a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.
  • Engage in effective strategies to develop and extend children’s learning and thinking, including sustained shared thinking.
  • Support and promote children’s speech, language and communication development.
  • Support children’s group learning and socialisation.
  • Model and promote positive behaviours expected of children such as turn taking and keep reactions and emotions proportionate.
  • Support children to manage their own behaviour in relation to others.
  • Plan and provide activities to meet additional needs, working in partnership with parents and/or carers and other professionals, where appropriate.
  • Carry out and record observational assessment accurately.
  • Identify the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children.
  • Make use of formative and summative assessment, tracking children’s progress to plan next steps and shape learning opportunities.
  • Discuss children’s progress and plan next stages in their learning with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers.
  • Communicate effectively in English in writing and verbally. For example, in the recording of administration of medicine, completing children’s observational assessments and communicating with parents and other professionals.
  • Engage in continuing professional development and reflective practice to improve own skills, practice, and subject knowledge (for example, in English, mathematics, music, history, or modern foreign languages).
  • Plan and carry out physical care routines suitable to the age, stage and needs of the child.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles for example by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned and spontaneous activity through the day.
  • Undertake tasks to ensure the prevention and control of infection for example hand washing, food preparation and hygiene, dealing with spillages safely, safe disposal of waste and using correct personal protective equipment.
  • Carry out risk assessment and risk management in line with policies and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate and coherent records and reports and share information, only when appropriate, to ensure the needs of all children are met, such as emotional, physical, psychological and cultural.
  • Identify and act upon own responsibilities in relation to health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Work co-operatively with colleagues and other professionals to meet the needs of babies and children and enable them to progress.
  • Work in partnership with parents and/or carers to help them recognise and value the significant contributions they make to the child’s health, well-being, learning and development.
  • Encourage parents and/or carers to take an active role in the child’s play, learning and development.

Full information on Early years educator (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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