Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship

What work tasks would a Level 2 Childcare Apprentice complete?

- Contribute to the observation, assessment and planning processes of the setting
- Support children who are experiencing transitions
- Contribute to and implement Health and Safety within workplace
- Develop a positive environment that is inclusive and meets children’s individual needs
- Work effectively and in partnership with colleagues,  parents  and other agencies
- Reflect on practice within own role
- Support children to learn and develop within their early years through purposeful play and stimulation
- Safeguard children
- Develop, maintain and support relationships between children and others
- Support positive behaviour and respond to inappropriate behaviour

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must be aged 16 or over and should:
- A warm, caring, patient nature
- Good communication skills
- A sense of responsibility
- The ability to use their initiative and think on their feet
- Ambition and drive
- Passion for the role
- A sense of humour
- Good levels of physical fitness
- Creative ideas
- An awareness of safety and hygiene
- The ability to work in a team

What is the duration of the course?

The Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship takes 17 months to complete.

How can I progress in Childcare?

After completing your Level 2, you can progress onto the Early Years Educator qualification (Level 3) which is equivalent to 2 A-Level passes. Once you have completed your Level 3, there are then opportunities to progress onto higher Apprenticeships (Level 4) or the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Level 4 & Level 5).

What Qualifications will I gain?

1. The Level 2 Diploma -  Early Years Practitioner
This certificate is nationally recognised and will be gained through on the job training and the assessment of this which includes written assignments, observations in the workplace, witness testimonies, work product, guided discussions and personal statements. Apprentices will be required to take an end point assessment - this will gain you a pass or distinction.

2. Functional Skills in English and Maths Level 1:
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths and English that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully. If you have already achieved the equivalent Level 1 qualification in Maths and English, you will work towards the Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications.

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