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Five Unexpected Things You Will Learn on a tpm Early Years Apprenticeship

If you think an Early Years Apprenticeship is simply learning how to supervise children think again. The Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standards cover a wide range of skills, behaviours, and knowledge. 

There is a lot more to working in an Early Years setting than many people realise. Early Years Practitioners (Level 2) and Early Years Educators (Level 3) are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They can work in many different settings, including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes, and as childminders. They may either work independently or with others to deliver the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements. These requirements set the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy. 

On and Off the Job Training

An early years apprentice will spend 80% of their course in an early years setting such as a private nursery. This on-the-job training will give them the opportunity to get practical experience and pick up skills, knowledge, and behaviours. tpm underpin this with 20% off-the-job training, where apprentices learn about the theory behind their practice. 

Here are five things you may not have realised you learn on an Early Years Apprenticeship:

  • Planning for Progression

You don’t just learn how to supervise the children in front of you. There is so much more to the job than that. An early years apprentice learns how to plan sessions for children, with purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes. They monitor, assess and record progress and use this to plan further development. Furthermore, they discover how to overcome barriers to learning and development. 

  • Legal Requirements

Apprentices get to know the legal requirements and guidance on safeguarding, security, the confidentiality of information and promoting the welfare of children. Moreover, apprentices learn to recognise when a child is in danger or at risk of abuse and know how to act to protect them. Additionally, apprentices learn how to share information securely and use technology and online platforms safely. 

  • Health and Safety

Apprentices learn how to respond to accidents, injuries and emergencies. They look for signs and symptoms which may indicate that a child is injured, unwell. Apprentices can spot common childhood illnesses and allergies. They know how to prevent and control infection through handwashing, food hygiene practices and dealing with spillages safely. It is not all about the children, though, as apprentices learn about general health and safety in the workplace. From storing medicines correctly to assessing risks and hazards, apprentices discover how to keep themselves and others safe. 

  • Wellbeing in Children

An early years apprentice also finds out how to keep children healthy. They know the current dietary guidelines for early years and why babies and young children need to have a healthy balanced diet and be physically active. They discover how to look after the wellbeing of every child in their care. 

  • Theories and Philosophies

Apprentices also study a range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches. They discover theorists’ views on how children learn and develop. They use these theories as an influence on their practice.

Additional Elements

What’s more, any apprentice who has not already achieved maths and English GCSE (grade 9—4/A*-C) will receive Functional Skills training through tpm. tpm also support all apprentices with impartial careers information and guidance throughout their course. 

A tpm apprenticeship doesn’t just teach you how to do a job – tpm provides the tools to build a career!

Find Out More

If you think you’d like to launch your career in early years or want more information visit to learn more about our Early Years courses. You can also ring 0151 709 6000 to find out more.