Furthering your career in Early Years

Becoming an Advanced Apprentice

We have been offering progression routes for practitioner's upon the completion of a level three qualification for over 10 years. Many of our practitioners have progressed to take a Foundation degree, Batchelors Degree or the Early Years Professional or Early Years Teacher Accreditation. We have also supported students from many local courses with placements so we have great connections with all local colleges and universities and many of our practitioners attend Pen Green Research Base to complete their qualifications.
Diana Lawton, our Managing Director, has been working with the Trailblazer groups for the past three years to develop the Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner and Level 6 Early Years Pedagogic Lead National Apprenticeship Standards. She has been instrumental in developing the duties for these roles, the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be evidenced and the end point assessment system. The Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner is nearly complete and we are waiting for the final assessment by the review panel. Diana has fought for this apprenticeship to be made available to ensure that all early years practitioners have the option to access a government funded early years level 5 qualification that will be a route to progress to completing a degree.
Diana has also fought for this qualification to ensure that those that wish to convert to career in early years were not required to return to complete a Level 3 qualification. The Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner will be a full and relevant qualification. This will mean if you have completed a different Level 3 qualification, you can progress to the Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner and become a fully qualified practitioner. For many years, practitioners have had to complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification even if they had Level 3 in Health and Social Care or Teaching Assistant.
The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) has been called different things over the past 15 years. It began as the Early Years Professional Status when I became accredited however the name changed to Early Years Teacher a few years later. This then became the EYITT and was supposed to be moving towards equivilency with Qualifed Teacher Status however this did not happen. The ETIYY is a postgraduate accreditation in excellence in early years and is completed afer you have acheived Graduate Status in a relevant or even diverse field of study. It assesses the candidates knowledge, abilities and professionalism over a year and then the candidate undergoes a thorough assessment to ensure they can meet the standards.
Diana is also propelling the Level 6 Early Years Pedagogic Lead Apprenticeship Standard and is hoping to have a fully funded Level 6 qualification for the sector. This has taken a long time to develop and Laura Upton, the Chair, has worked tirelessly to represent the sector and draw together a group of amazing early years specialists to develop the standards. We hope this will make progress soon.
We have even had practitioners move on to their Masters Degree's in Early Years, Integrated Practice with Families and Young Children and Developmental Psychology. The better you become as an early years professional, the better you will support our children so really your progression routes are only limited by the work you wish to put into your career. Our Monkey Club will always try to support you are much as we can.
The contract for an Advanced Apprentice will be negotiated depending on your previous experiences and qualifications and the requirements of your course.
As with a Level II and Level III Appreticeships, we will offer you a comprehensive range of support and training systems to run parrellel to your formal qualifications to ensure your can acheive and succeed in both the academic and practical elements of your apprenticeship.

Our Promise to You:

  1. We offer a clear induction process including a mentoring program, weekly supervision meetings, a structured program of in-house training sessions, external training providers supporting your qualification and assessment and an individualised development plan.
  2. We will ensure you have at least 20% of your working hours on training opportunities such as shadowing experienced practitioners, attending in-house training, mentoring and supervision sessions and assessment meetings.
  3. We ensure you understand how to understand the legislation and how this is communicated through our policies, procedures and into our practice.
  4. We will ensure you have access to the full range of opportunities and experiences to meet the requirements of your course including holding key children’s case management and taking part in all areas of the provision.
  5. We will support your assessor to access effective opportunities for observation and reflective discussion with you and provide witness testimonies to evidence your progress.
  6. We will support your progression and help you to access additional learning opportunities such as forest school, working with children with additional needsm actioning change or curriculum planning.
  7. We will ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of current and relevant theories in early years development and a wide range of approaches to understanding and supporting children.

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