Course overview

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

A Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship in Bristol lasting 18 months. You will learn the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for an Early Years Practitioner through blended learning, consisting of work-based delivery and training sessions with your college assessor.

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Additional information

Who is this course for?

If you’re a school leaver or an adult who has an interest in childcare and a desire to become a qualified practitioner in an Early Years setting, this course is an ideal stepping stone towards achieving your ambition.

What you'll learn

During the course, you will be introduced to important subjects connected to childcare, such as:

  • Safeguarding and the Welfare of Children
  • Health and Safety
  • Partnership Working
  • Equalities and Inclusion

You will also learn about child development and how to support children’s development. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to maintain and support relationships with children and to communicate with others.

In addition to this, you will learn how to contribute to a positive environment for children, how to support children’s positive behaviour and the importance of professional development.

Course entry requirements

To join this course you need to be working in a childcare setting. It is desirable that you have GCSE Grade 2 (D) or above in Maths and English. However, functional skills can be achieved whilst completing this apprenticeship; you will be required to attend the college to complete learning blocks for Maths and English.

You need to be working in a childcare setting.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assigned a work-based assessor who will visit you regularly in the workplace to provide support and guidance. You will learn through a work-based route. Your Diploma will be delivered within your workplace where you have training sessions with your college assessor.

It is a requirement that you must receive off-the-job training, which can consist of shadowing, college workshops and work-based training.

You will be observed and assessed by your assessor in the workplace, engaging in practical activities with the children and routine activities that form part of your role within the setting. You will provide evidence of knowledge and understanding through written assignments or professional discussions, with your assessor.

You will use an e-learning portfolio to present your evidence for assessment.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will complete an endpoint assessment, which consists of a knowledge examination (multiple-choice test) and a professional discussion with an external assessor to gain your apprenticeship certificate.

Future career and study opportunities

This course will equip you with childcare knowledge and skills you can apply in your workplace. You could also progress through completing the Level 3 Early Years Educator.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery. A textbook is highly recommended alongside this course.

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