If you’re interested in working with younger children, an apprenticeship in Early Years Education can be the perfect route into your chosen career.
Not only will you earn as you learn, but the qualification will give you practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge, leading to a wide range of job opportunities in childcare.
Why should I gain qualifications for childcare?
Gaining a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Early Years Education should make it easier for you to find employment and ensure that you are better equipped to carry out your job.
The government set out a policy relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework to encourage those working in day care for children under the age of eight to achieve a Level 3 qualification.
The Childcare and Early Years Provider Survey 2009 (published July 2010) found that around 73% of paid staff working in childcare had a Level 3 or higher qualification; however, around 11% had no relevant qualifications at all.
What skills are taught?
This apprenticeship will teach you how to care for, work with and educate children of a young age. It will give you a suitable framework and transferable skills to deliver the appropriate child care in a home or nursery setting and/or the Early Years Foundation Stage in a school setting.
Through individual and group learning, and practical placements, you will also learn about issues including but not limited to:
- How children develop, play and communicate
- Safeguarding, wellbeing, health and safety issues
- Early Years Foundation Curriculum
The Level 2 and 3 qualifications will teach competence under supervision for the Children and Young People’s Workforce; at Level 3 it is additionally a qualification for registration in the fields of early learning and childcare.
Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?
Anyone aged over 16 who is looking to develop a career in Early Years Education. You may be new to this field or already be employed or volunteering in the sector.
While there are no formal qualification entry requirements to embark on a Level 2 qualification, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure your suitability for this sector.
What job opportunities are open to those with this qualification?
Completing an apprenticeship in Early Years Education can lead to a range of job opportunities, for example working:
- as a childminder
- in a nursery, creche or other childcare facility
- in a state-run or private school
- in children’s social care or the NHS
While it is possible to volunteer and work in early years education without relevant qualifications, the transferable skills and relevant practical experience that a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification will bring can increase your earning power, open up new employment avenues and help you to deliver a higher level of care and education to the children in your charge.