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Early years Level 3 apprenticeship gets the go ahead!



The Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education, which creates standards for job roles including butchers, clockmakers and abattoir workers, gave the new apprenticeship standard the go ahead.


Early years educators work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders and the new Level 3 Early Year Educator Apprenticeship standard will take students 18 months to complete.

The standard details what will be expected of students in the role, their abilities and the behaviours they must demonstrate.


Nursery bosses, training and sector experts have volunteered over the last five years to develop the apprenticeship standard but the process proved challenging at times.

The new standard will be funded at £5,000 to £6,000 – a higher rate than the current framework.


An Early Years Educator will be expected to know the patterns of children’s development from birth to five years and have an understanding of development from age five to seven.


According to the standard, students must understand how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown and adoption and care.


Learners must engage in continuing professional development and reflective practice to improve own skills, practice, and subject knowledge (for example, in English, mathematics, music, history, or modern foreign languages).


They must also maintain accurate and coherent records and reports and share information, only when appropriate, to ensure the needs of all children are met, such as emotional, physical, psychological and cultural.


Abilities and behaviours students must demonstrate include:


• Care and compassion - provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to professionally challenge poor practice.

• Being team-focused - work effectively with colleagues and other professionals and support the learning and development of others through mentoring and sharing of professional expertise and experience.

• Honesty, trust and integrity - develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.

• Commitment to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education.

• Work in a non- discriminatory way, by being aware of differences and ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential.

• Working practice take into account fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


'No secret' it's been a 'drawn out process'

“It’s great to hear that the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard has finally been approved" said Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Early Years Alliance, which represents 14,000 member settings.


“This will be a major pathway to the qualifications available to those considering a career in the early years. And it can’t come soon enough; getting these new qualifications online quickly is vital if we are to start seriously addressing the declining numbers of Level 3 qualified practitioners in our workforce.


"It’s no secret that this has been a drawn-out process and it’s thanks to the employers, training and sector experts who have volunteered their time over the last five years to ensure we’ve reached this positive conclusion.


“The next step now must be to make sure a Level 2 Apprenticeship standard is developed to create a pipeline which supports unqualified childcare staff to progress their careers and enables settings to offer high quality provision at every level to the young children in their care.”


The Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is available here

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