Early years apprenticeships

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Apprenticeship programmes

The Alliance offers Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship programmes to Levy-paying employers.

Apprenticeship training programmes are delivered within the workplace through a blend of online learning and face to face assessment visits. Functional Skills in Mathematics and/or English will form part of the training programme unless the learner already holds them at the required level.

Employers will be expected to ensure their Apprentice completes a minimum of 20% off job training within their normal working week to ensure the required content of their individual learning programmes are achieved. 

Assistance with recruitment can be provided if required.

For more information on Alliance Apprenticeship programmes please contact our training team via the online form below.

For vacancies within Alliance settings, please visit our jobs portal or visit the government's apprenticeship web page

Early Years Educator (EYE) and Early Years Practitioner (EYP) qualifications ‘knowledge only' pathway

During the pandemic, some early years students have found it difficult to access the work placements needed to achieve their chosen early years qualifications. This mainly affected learners who attend college full-time and need to complete work placements in block periods during the academic year.

In order to support progression for these learners, Ofqual and the Department for Education have now confirmed that learners can progress through a 'knowledge only' version of EYE or EYP qualifications. This is primarily designed to allow progression to higher education and permit learners to have some formal recognition for completion of the knowledge components of their qualifications.

For learners who progress through this route, their certificate of achievement will display the same Qualification Reference Number (QRN) and title of the original qualification undertaken, with ‘knowledge only pathway’ written clearly on the certificate. This is to differentiate between the knowledge only achievement and an Early Years Educator/Early Years Practitioner's competence to practice at Level 2 or 3. 

It is important that all early years providers are aware that this ‘knowledge only' pathway does not allow the holder to practice as an early years educator or early years practitioner. As such, it is important the qualification certificates of any job applicants are be carefully checked, as Ofsted will be checking very carefully to ensure these qualifications are not used when reviewing ratio requirements for settings.

Learners who wish to embark on the skills criteria at a later date will still have an opportunity to do so in order to gain the full qualification.

Further information is available here.


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