Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)


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601/2629/2


INTRODUCTION :

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Is this the right course for me?

This qualification replaces the level 2 NVQ and Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and is for those who are already employed. The level 2 Diploma leads to a recognised qualification relating to your role in a childcare setting, for example in the roles of : Careworker, Childminder, Nursery Nurse or Youth and Community Worker.

The qualification will enable you to develop your working knowledge and understanding of how to promote the development of children and enable them to reach their full potential.You will gain knowledge of legislative guidelines and policies relating to childcare and how to implement these within your setting as well as gaining numeracy and literacy key skills to support your work with children.

Early Years Educator: GSCE English and Maths Requirement
All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above alongside the qualification in order to gain employment.

For accepted equivalencies for GCSE English and maths, please refer to the Department of Education website, Early Years Qualifications List.


Other Details :

LEARNERS' ELIGIBILITY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

16-18 – these learners are fully funded by the Education Funding Agency on a per learner basis, or in the case of Apprentices, by the Skills Funding Agency based on the cost of the relevant framework.


19 -23 – these learners can access funding for a first full level 2 and first full level 3 (or 4), but the rules are very specific and depend upon prior attainment, employment status, location of delivery (classroom/workplace) and the qualifications being taken. This group has become smaller in recent years, reducing from the 19-24 age group, to the 19-23 age group.

 

24+ – very few of these learners are eligible for public funding. Funding is limited to those most in need: the unemployed and those without basic skills. Level 3 and 4 co-funding used to be available for certain learners in this group, but from 2013/14 all funding for 24+ learners taking level 3 and 4 is limited to loans.

Early Years Educator: GSCE English and Maths Requirement

All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above alongside the qualification in order to gain employment.

For accepted equivalencies for GCSE English and maths, please refer to the Department of Education website, Early Years Qualifications List


Awarding Body:

NCFE / CACHE


What does the qualification cover?

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

As the leading Awarding Organisation in the care sector we have surpassed the minimum requirements set out in the Full and Relevant Criteria to develop a qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.

UCAS Information

UCAS points for this qualification are available from 2017. For a full breakdown of points, please click here.​​

 Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.  

 What are our entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. Please read above

​Other requirements?

Early Years Educator: GCSE English and Maths Requirement

All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above alongside the qualification in order to gain employment.

 Apprenticeship exit requirement

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) forms part of the Early Years Pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above are a completion requirement for childcare apprentices.

 For accepted equivalencies for GCSE English and maths, please refer to the Department of Education website, Early Years Qualifications List.

 Education Funding Agency-funded learners

Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* - C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. However, the Department for Education expect learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.

 How is this qualification structured?

We have structured the units around four themes:

   Theme 1: Health and well-being

  Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks   00and professional practice

  Theme 3: Play, development and  00learning for school readiness

  Theme 4: Professional development

 

Learners must achieve:

 23 mandatory units

 Guided Learning: 486 (hours)

• ​Total Qualification Time: 610 (hours)

 How is it assessed?

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

 Pass all units

 Complete longitudinal study

 Show competence in a real work 0environment

 Do you need to have access to practical placement?

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

 How long does it take to complete?

This qualification will take 1-2 years to complete depending on experience.

 What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner ​or other higher level early years qualifications. 


Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

 Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  Assistant in Children's Centres

  Practitioner in nursery schools

  Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

  Pre-school worker

 

Workplace Assesments

Assesment Based

Start Date: ASAP

Study Centre: White City

Duration:

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Fee Details

Fees:£0

Concession Fees:£0

Oversease Fees:£0

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