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Childhood Studies and Early Years

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Apprenticeships

Early Years Practioner Apprenticeship Standard Level 2

You will become a highly trained key person, ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You can work in a range of settings including full day care, childrens centres, preschool, reception classes and childminders. You will learn and be confident in working on your own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

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  • Entry Requirements

    You will be interviewed and assessed to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the Apprenticeship, based upon the range and level of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace. You may need to undergo an initial assessment of your Maths and English to show your ability to undertake study towards level 2 Maths and English. At the start of your apprenticeship programme you will need to be employed by a suitable and appropriate employer for at least 30 hours per week, including any off-the-job training you undertake. Where a part-time working pattern is undertaken, joint agreement may be made between with the employer and the apprentice for an extended apprenticeship duration. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years and not be on any other government funded training programme.

    • A current/satisfactory DBS check
  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    • Early Years Educator Standard L3
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    • Early Years Practitioner Standard
    • NCFE Cache Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years workforce
    • Functional skills in Maths and English at level 2
    • Paediatric First Aid

    How is my course assessed?

    You will build an e-portfolio of evidence towards the diploma and will be assessed in the workplace using a range of methods, for example written assignments, case study work, reflective accounts and practical observation etc. An Assessor will visit you in the workplace on a regular basis in order to support you. Functional skills, if necessary, are assessed through examinations following taught sessions at a college location. During your apprenticeship you will produce a portfolio of good practice to support the end point assessment at the end of the apprenticeship. The end point assessment is carried out by an independent and impartial assessor and includes:

    • Observation of practice
    • Competence interview (based on your portfolio)

The course is available at anny point throughout the year, as agreed with your employer



Duration 15 Months

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Emily Frisby

Childhood Studies & Teacher Training Academy

Emily chose to study childhood studies at CWA as she was able to achieve the grades she needed to go to university, whilst gaining practical experience.

“College allows you to study more independently but the tutors are always there to give you support. During my two years at CWA, I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to go for it, as it opens up avenues you otherwise would not experience.”

Emily is now studying primary education at university. 


Paige Simonds

Teaching Assistant Level 3

Paige has taught her class group, a level three childcare class, and staff members how to read braille, creating brilliant resources to help everyone learn, demonstrating confidence, resourcefulness and maturity beyond her years.

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