National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Choosing an apprenticeship in Childcare

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 4 – 8 March and is a time to celebrate the legacy of apprenticeships, while also taking the opportunity to inform young people and businesses about the positive impacts apprenticeships could have for them.

Our team of educators and writers believe strongly in the importance of lifelong learning and apprenticeships. This is why we work hard to create the best possible online learning resources for colleges and training providers to use as part of their blended teaching and learning approach for their learners.

Why choose an apprenticeship in Childcare?

Many of our staff at Laser Systems have a background in early years childcare. Therefore, as a team we are passionate about delivering the best possible training to those who want to begin a career in childcare, and an apprenticeship is a fantastic first step for anyone considering working with children.

Working with children is an incredibly rewarding career path, and it’s also a lot of hard work! As an early years practitioner, you are responsible for the daily care of babies and children, which also means you have a impact on each individual child’s development.

You might consider starting and apprenticeship in childcare if you enjoy looking after children, have experience taking care of young children, and want to learn about how to provide the best possible environment for children to grow, learn, and develop.

What will you learn?

An example of a qualification you might complete as part of an apprenticeship is the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator), though our learning resources are relevant to the standards for a wide variety of awarding organisations.

Throughout your apprenticeship, your on the job learning will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively care for babies and children while taking into consideration their individual needs. You will develop the skills to support each child’s health and well-being, gain a knowledge and understanding of legislation, frameworks and professional practice, and build the skills to promote play, development and learning for school readiness.

How will you learn?

As an apprentice you learn ‘on the job’ which means you gain hands-on experience from day one. This gives you the advantage of gaining invaluable experience from colleagues and managers in a real work environment. It also means you earn a salary while working towards achieving your qualification, and in most cases your apprenticeship costs are covered by Government funding.

To achieve your qualification you will need to produce work to show you are competent in each of the qualification criteria, which means you will successfully pass each unit. You will also need to successfully complete a longitudinal study, and show you are competent in your work environment.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you are asked to produced a written piece of work for each of the criteria as there are many different ways to collect evidence for your portfolio. You may also take part in a professional discussion with your trainer, produce reflective accounts, take part in group discussions, produce videos to show your competence, and be assessed via observation in the workplace.

If you are completing a qualification with a training provider or college who use our Laser e-portfolio and/or Laser Lessons resources, you will be supported by a trainer who will guide you through your qualification, set your workplans, and mark your work. They are the person you can contact whenever you have a question about your coursework or need advice about your learning journey.

Your trainer will conduct teaching sessions with you and you can then use the Laser Lessons resources to continue your study during your allocated learning time.

Here’s an example of a good practice example video included with Laser Lessons resources and filmed specifically for this qualification:

As our resources are online you can access them with an internet connection anywhere and at any time. If you are using the Laser e-portfolio you can also upload work, read feedback comments, and email your trainer at any time.

What roles can you go on to work in?

You can go on to work with children aged 0 -5 in a variety of environments including nurseries, pre-schools, reception class, and children’s centres. You can also go on to specialise in specific areas of childcare such as training to support children with special educational needs, or to set up your own childcare service.

There are also higher levels of qualification you can achieve at levels 4, 5, and 6 which can aid you to move into manager positions or to further specialise your knowledge and skills to work with children in your desired environment.

More about our Laser Lessons resources

Laser Lessons resources are written by subject specialists with vocational experience in their chosen area. Each lesson follows our unique Laser format, giving each learner:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further
  • A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

If you’re considering applying for an apprenticeship, look for local apprenticeship vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website.

If you are a training provider, college, or business who would like to more about using the Laser e-portfolio and Laser Lessons resources to deliver apprenticeship teaching and learning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.