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Highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe
Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, 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 work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting
Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children
These are the behaviours expected of all Early Years Educators carrying out their role:
Care and compassion - provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to professionally challenge poor practice
Being team-focused - work effectively with colleagues and other professionals and support the learning and development of others through mentoring and sharing of professional expertise and experience.
Honesty, trust and integrity - develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.
Commitment to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education
Work in a non- discriminatory way, by being aware of differences and ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential.
Working practice take into account fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Typically 18 months
Knows and understands:
Is able to:
analyse and explain how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as the needs of children learning English as an additional language from a variety of cultures
promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
plan and lead activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes which include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements.
ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
provide learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individual and groups of children.
encourage children’s participation, ensuring a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.
engage in effective strategies to develop and extend children’s learning and thinking, including sustained shared thinking.
support and promote children’s speech, language and communication development.
support children’s group learning and socialisation.
model and promote positive behaviours expected of children such as turn taking and keep reactions and emotions proportionate.
support children to manage their own behaviour in relation to others.
plan and provide activities to meet additional needs, working in partnership with parents and/or carers and other professionals, where appropriate.
carry out and record observational assessment accurately.
identify the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children.
make use of formative and summative assessment, tracking children’s progress to plan next steps and shape learning opportunities.
discuss children’s progress and plan next stages in their learning with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers.
communicate effectively in English in writing and verbally. For example, in the recording of administration of medicine, completing children’s observational assessments and communicating with parents and other professionals.
engage in continuing professional development and reflective practice to improve own skills, practice, and subject knowledge (for example, in English, mathematics, music, history, or modern foreign languages).
plan and carry out physical care routines suitable to the age, stage and needs of the child.
promote healthy lifestyles for example by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned and spontaneous activity through the day.
undertake tasks to ensure the prevention and control of infection for example hand washing, food preparation and hygiene, dealing with spillages safely, safe disposal of waste and using correct personal protective equipment.
carry out risk assessment and risk management in line with policies and procedures.
maintain accurate and coherent records and reports and share information, only when appropriate, to ensure the needs of all children are met, such as emotional, physical, psychological and cultural
identify and act upon own responsibilities in relation to health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Please refer to the DfE list of approved EYE qualifications: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eyfsstachild-ratios-dfe-approved-qualications
Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualication is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.
Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3
Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.
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