This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to care for young children. Covering everything from craft activities to children’s growth and development, it prepares you for your next step – either in training or moving towards a childcare career.
All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential. You will need a profile of five GCSEs at grade E, including English (Grade 2 or above), along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
You also need two references and to complete an Early Years taster day successfully.
You will also work towards a maths and English qualification with the support of dedicated maths and English tutors.
In addition, you will attend weekly work experience within an employment environment linked to your interests.
You need pen, paper and a folder.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.