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Early Years

Early Years

Early Years and Education

What will I study?

We offer childcare and education courses at Levels 2 and 3 which will provide you with the progression routes you need to work within this diverse sector.

Level 2 Full Time: You will gain the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years, but in particular 0-5 years.

You will study subjects such as the role of the early years practitioner, how specific legislation fits within early years practice and supporting children's play and development.

As part of this course you will attend work placement two days per week which will provide you with practical, first-hand experience of the early years sector and help you develop your skills to become an Early Years Practitioner.

This is a knowledge and skills based qualification. You will complete coursework and undertake observations in your work placement setting.

Level 2 Part Time: You will study the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. The qualification will prepare you to work with children 0-5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.

You will study subjects including child and young people's development, supporting children's play and development, promoting positive behaviour, supporting wellbeing and healthy lifestyles, equality and diversity, partnership working, safeguarding, legislation and health and safety.

You will attend College 3 hours a week and must have a minimum of 12 hours' placement a week in a suitable setting and have a DBS. A good standard of verbal and written English is also required to successfully complete the course. This course typically takes between 9-12 months to complete. 

Level 3 Full Time - this qualification will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator. This will enable you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

This qualification centres around four themes: health and wellbeing; legislation, frameworks and professional practice; play, development and learning for school readiness; professional development.

As part of the course you will attend work placement two days per week which will provide you with practical first-hand experience of what it takes to be an Early Years Practitioner. Throughout the course and whilst on placement, you will need to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills.

Level 3 Part Time: You will study the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). This qualification prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

You will study subjects around four themes: health and wellbeing; legislation, frameworks and professional practice; play, development and learning for school readiness; professional development.

As part of the qualification you will need to complete a study involving observing, assessing and planning for children's needs over an extended period of time. You will attend College 3 hours a week and must have a minimum of 15 hours' placement a week in a suitable setting (you will ideally be employed) and have a DBS.

A good standard of verbal and written English is also required to successfully complete the course with learners also being required to either have or have achieved by the end of the course a Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English. This course typically takes 12-18 months to complete. 

Level 4 Part Time: You will study the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. This qualification is designed for experienced employed Level 3 Early Years Practitioners.

You will study subjects including: enabling children to learn; promoting health and wellbeing; special educational needs and working with families implementing change. You will attend College 3 hours per week and must be employed as a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner. This course typically takes 9 months to complete. 

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

We offer Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship Standards in Early Years.

These Apprenticeship programmes are for individuals who work in Early Years settings with children aged 0 to 5 years. This can include nurseries, preschools or reception classes.

As an Early Years apprentice you will support the development of babies and children through play and structured activities. You will be expected to help meet their personal care needs, keep them safe and healthy and ensure that they feel happy and secure in your care.

The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for the Early Years Practitioner is for those working under supervision in the childcare setting.

You will learn about how children develop between the ages of 0 and 5 years, and how their development is monitored through child observations and assessments.

You develop the knowledge and skills to manage children’s behaviour, safeguard their wellbeing and understand the importance of treating children as diverse individuals. You will develop the skills to plan children’s activities and keep them healthy and safe. This Apprenticeship lasts for 16 months.

The Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for the Early Years Educator is a 21-month programme for age 18+ workers who work on their own or supervise others in the setting. 

This standard ensures that the workers within the sector are knowledgeable, skilled, flexible and effective in developing and delivering high-quality Early Years education and care.

You will build on your knowledge of child development, working with parents, curriculum and frameworks, children's health, behaviour, and professional practice standards. You will develop the knowledge and skills to work safely and safeguard the interests and rights of patients and clients.  You will also develop your knowledge of health and wellbeing, legislation, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development.

There are no specific entry requirements for these Apprenticeships. However, you will need to score the level below the standard's Functional Skills requirements in your English and maths screening assessments. If you do not have GCSE grade 4 or above in English or maths you will be required to complete your Functional Skills.

Level 2: you will be required to achieve Level 1 English and maths and progress to take your test for Level 2.

Level 3: you will be required to achieve level 2 English and maths.

How will I be assessed?

Level 2: the course is internally assessed using a range of methods, including observations within work placement, written assignments, a portfolio of evidence and professional discussions.

Level 3: there are several components to this qualification. All units are mandatory and are internally assessed using a range of methods, including direct observation within work placement, written assignments, a portfolio of evidence and professional discussions. You will also complete externally set assessments.

Level 3 Part Time: The course is internally assessed using a range of methods, including direct observation, written assignments, work products, portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Your assessor/trainer/tutor is responsible for ensuring the evidence you provide meets the required standards through regular visits, contact and attendance in taught sessions. 

Level 4 Part Time: The course is internally assessed using a range of methods, including written assignments, work products, reflective practice, portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Your assessor/trainer/tutor is responsible for ensuring the evidence provided meets the required standards through regular visits, contact and attendance in taught sessions.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

The Early Years Apprenticeships require you to undertake off the job learning for 20% of your working week. This can be made up of classroom learning, learning in the work place and in shadowing, mentoring and supervision activities. You will also complete distance learning and assignment completion and online learning activities. 

You will attend college to complete your Functional Skills. These will be assessed through online tests.

Your Assessor/Coach will visit you in the work place to undertake a variety of assessment activities such as observations, professional discussions, and reviews of your work products. This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice. You will also be assessed through assignment work, written and oral questions. 

Your Assessor/Coach will review your learning and progress in relation to a series of defined milestones and keep you on track to progress and achieve as planned.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standards and your diploma. This will be internal and externally quality assured.

The end point assessments for these standards are a professional discussion and an online situational judgement test.

 

What will this lead to?

Successfully completing the Level 2 Full Time course is a stepping stone to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, or to our new and exciting T Level in Education and Childcare.

For students who wish to enter into employment, this qualification also provides you with a license to practice and will allow you to apply for Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant and Pre-school Assistant roles.

Successfully completing the Level 3 Full Time qualification will give you the license to practice and enter the workforce as Early Years Practitioner or progress to higher education.

There are a variety of higher education courses available to you, including, BA Early Childhood, BA Childhood and Youth Studies, and Primary Teaching.

If you're looking for employment, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including day nursery practitioner, nursery school practitioner and pre-school worker.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Following the achievement of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, you will be able to gain secure Level 3 employment opportunities. At this point, you can progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator Standard.

On successful achievement of the Level 3 Apprenticeship, you may progress from nursery assistant to nursery manager. The level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Early Years is one potential progression route in work.  Higher level study opportunities and a range of foundation degrees are available through University Campus Oldham, our higher education provision. 

Entry requirements

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

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Overview

Course: Early Years

Sector: Early Years and Education

Attendance Options:
    Full Time     Part Time     Apprenticeship

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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