This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including; full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional the Early Years Workforce.
Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly-trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
They work in a range of settings including full-day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
What you'll learn
- help plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
- support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
- responsible for ensuring each child feels safe and secure
- observing each child and shape their learning experience to reflect your observations
- meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
- Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child
You will need to undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.
How you'll learn and be assessed
The End-point Assessment (EPA) will assess how you apply your skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired in your apprenticeship, through the following assessments carried out in the final 3 months of the apprenticeship.
A Childcare apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of roles in the care industry. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.
With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.
As a Childcare apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges:
Libraries and learning environments
Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card – allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes:
Advice and Admissions
Impartial careers advisors
A college nurse
Free counselling service