Childcare Early Years Educator: Level 3 Apprenticeship at NESCOT
An Advanced Apprenticeship in Childcare will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience. You could be working in either a nursery, baby-unit or pre-school setting. You will be expected to be able to supervise and plan activities. You will gain knowledge of the legislative guidelines and policies relating to childcare and how to implement these within your practice as well as gaining numeracy and literacy functional skills to support your work with children. Your exact duties will depend upon your employer.
Where possible staff from the College Apprenticeship Team will help you find an employer and place of work (although students who are already employed are welcome to apply if sponsored by their employer). Your offer of Apprenticeship training will be dependent on work places being available.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce.
- Functional Skills ICT Level 2
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking
- GCSE Maths – if not achieved before enrolment
- GCSE English - if not achieved before enrolment
The Level 3 Diploma is work-related and will relate specifically to your job role.
Course Content Includes:
- Theme 1: Health and well-being
- Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
- Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
- Theme 4: Professional development
You will be expected to attend a number of workshops to help build your knowledge.
Whilst your technical skills and knowledge will develop over the course of your Apprenticeship you will also need to demonstrate to potential
employers that you possess the relevant skills and personal qualities and are willing to work and learn.
Employers will look for:
Good communication skills
Reliable, flexible and good timekeeping
Ability to work in a team as well as on your own initiative
Enthusiastic and willing to learn
To begin this course you must be eligible to work within England or the European Economic Area (EEC) and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours in a relevant job role and be able to attend college on a part-time basis. Your employer must commit to supporting you throughout your apprenticeship and provide on-the-job learning as well as your college based off-the-job learning.
If you do not have an employer to support your apprenticeship the college will support you to find an employer through our dedicated employer support team.
You will also need to have achieved GCSEs at grade A* - C (or comparable qualification) in English, maths and ICT. Under special circumstances, the college could consider a grade D. Please note, you may also be required to undertake an initial assessment prior to enrolment in order to assess your current level of English, maths and ICT. Your interviewer will discuss with you want minimum level you will need to achieve at initial assessment.
To gain this qualification the learner will need to:
- Pass all units
- Complete longitudinal study
- Show competence in a real work environment
- You will be assessed throughout your training.
You will also take examinations for functional skills/GCSE (if required). Your progress will be reviewed regularly and achievable targets set, to ensure you complete your apprenticeship on time.
Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years. There is an annual employer contribution for those aged 19+.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress to nursery management or senior nursery officer. You may also wish to apply for a Foundation Degree.
Employers will look for:
- Good communication skills and interaction with the children
- Reliability, flexibility and good timekeeping
- Ability to work in a team as well as on your own initiative
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NESCOT directly.