Children and Young Peoples Workforce & Early Year's Educator

Key Info


 

Working with children, whatever their age is a fulfilling and rewarding occupation. Depending on the work environment you could come in to contact with age groups ranging from babies right through to 16 year olds. These qualifications are designed for working with children aged 0 – 5. Employment in this area is focused on ensuring children are looked after and happy, whilst supporting them in developing their social skills.

Who are these qualifications for?

There is the option of several employment pathways with this qualification – working in a nursery/playgroup setting, child-minding or working in a children’s residential home, providing an element of social support care to young people. The Level 2 qualification is for those who are new to working in the childcare industry, with no or very little experience. Often roles will be at assistant level. 

Level 3 is aimed at those who can work using their own initiative in planning and organising their work. It is also suited to those working in supervisory roles such as nursery nurses or playgroup leaders.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to start a children and young peoples workforce qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week.  If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience. 

To access the early years educator you would be expected to have existing childcare experience and knowledge. You would also be expected to have level 2 qualifications in maths and English.  

Personal qualities required to work in this sector.

If you’re already working in childcare, chances are you will possess many of the personal qualities required to work in this sector. Good communication skills are essential to working with children (and sometimes their families) along with being able to operate effectively in a team and with other colleagues. The work environment needs to be a happy one; therefore individuals should have a caring and patient nature, with a good and warm sense of humour.

Qualification information & content


How long will it take to complete?

The Level 2 qualification will take between 12 to 15 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 12 to 24 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.

How will the qualifications be achieved?

Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer candidates a full package of qualifications known as a framework. In addition to the diploma, all candidates are required to work towards maths, English and IT qualifications, whilst learning about employment rights and responsibilities, and building on personal learning and thinking skills.

Apprenticeship Framework

 

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

 Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma For the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Progression Opportunities


 

After completing a level 2 qualification in a childcare role, there will be opportunities for progression in your career. Depending on your job role you may be able to start the Early Years Educator. 

Achieving a level 3 will open doors further and allow for development to include higher learning and degrees in specialisms to include Early Years or Early Childhood Studies.

Level 2 Unit Selection for CYPW

  • 001 Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 002 Introduction to Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 003 Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 004 Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 005 Child and Young Person Development - Assignment
  • Unit 006 Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 007 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Unit 008 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People - Assignment
  • Unit 009 Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Unit 010 Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  • Unit 011 Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People
  • Unit 012 Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People
  • Unit 013 Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People - Assignment
  • Unit 014 Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Unit 017 Support Children and Young People with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs
  • Unit 018 Support Children and Young People’s Play and Leisure
  • Unit 019 Support Children and Young People at Meal or Snack Times
  • Unit 020 Contribute to the Support of Children’s Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Unit 021 Contribute to the Support of Children’s Creative Development
  • Unit 022 Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 023 Understand Child and Young Person Development - Assignment
  • Unit 024 Promote Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 025 Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Unit 026 Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People - Assignment
  • Unit 027 Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Unit 028 Develop Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and Others Involved in their Care
  • Unit 029 Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People
  • Unit 030 Understand How to Support Positive Outcomes for Children and Young People
  • Unit 031 Understand How to Support Positive Outcomes for Children and Young People - Assignment
  • Unit 032 Support the Creativity of Children and Young People
  • Unit 033 Understand the Needs of Children and Young People who are Vulnerable and Experiencing Poverty and Disadvantage
  • Unit 034 Understand the Needs of Children and Young People who are Vulnerable and Experiencing Poverty and Disadvantage - Assignment
  • Unit 035 Understand the Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Children and Young People with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties
  • Unit 036 Understand the Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Children and Young People with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties - Assignment
  • Unit 117 Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 118 Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings - Assignment
  • Unit 625 Contribute to the support of children’s physical development through activities
  • Unit 632 Working as part of a team in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
  • Unit 639 Working in partnership with parents and carers
  • Unit 671 Contribute to promoting nutrition and hydration in early years and childcare settings
  • Unit 700 Use Signing to Advance Speech, Language and Communication

Unit Selection for Early Years Educator Level 3

  • Unit 300 Developing effective study skills
  • Unit 301 Promote partnership working with parents
  • Unit 302 Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children
  • Unit 303 Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings
  • Unit 304 Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector
  • Unit 305 Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
  • Unit 306 Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting
  • Unit 307 Promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting
  • Unit 308 Promoting the health and safety of children
  • Unit 309 Promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Unit 310 Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
  • Unit 311 Supporting children’s creative and imaginative play and experiences
  • Unit 312 Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector
  • Unit 313 Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector
  • Unit 400 Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
  • Unit 401 Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Unit 402 Observation and assessment in the early years sector

All courses are run at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG. 

Contact: 0345 6789023

Email: enquiries@ctapprenticeships.co.uk