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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Advanced Apprenticeship at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

As an Apprentice you are paid as you learn and will be in employment in a child care setting. You will go through a structured training programme that teaches all aspects of caring for children and young people, working alongside experienced staff to learn the skills you need. Units of study include all aspects of childcare, health and safety, communication and professional development. You will explore current initiatives and issues regarding childcare and learn how to provide the best outcomes for the children in your care. On completion you’ll receive 

• Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce 

• GCSE Maths 

• GCSE English 


• Employment Rights and Responsibilities 

• Paediatric First Aid 

Course content

This course gives you a full framework of qualifications, which will enable you to gain a license to practice and lead permanent employment. 

All the Childcare staff at the College have worked in various aspects of childcare so we have first-hand experience of the job role. We are a supportive and approachable team who want you to succeed and have the best experience of College life. Our Apprenticeship groups are small, which helps in building close relationships with your peers and fosters a ‘working together’ approach. 

At Buxton Campus we have a skills suite where you can practice your practical skills in readiness for the workplace. We also have the latest classroom technology to support your learning and you will have access to all the facilities and services of the university campus. 

The majority of our Apprentice students are now working in childcare setting in the area.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a contract of employment in a childcare setting. 

It is preferred that you have achieved Maths, English and ITC at GCSE C grade or above before you start the course or have achieved a D grade in these subjects so you can upskill to a C grade during the course. 

You will need to provide the name of at least one person to give you a character reference and evidence of a satisfactory DBS check.


You will build a portfolio of evidence to meet the course criteria. This evidence can be from reflective accounts of your experience in the workplace, written work, observation by your assessor and witness statements from your work supervisor. There are no exams for this qualification.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto another Level 3 Childcare qualification or a Foundation Degree at Buxton & Leek College. This course could also lead onto a management or room leader role.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2016
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