Are you thinking of joining this scheme? Here are some of the FAQ's for settings. If you have any more questions please contact us.
To begin with this will be a pilot scheme with a cohort of 30 learners starting on the course in April 2020. Another cohort will start in September 2020.
The course lasts 18 months.
As this is an Apprenticeship Scheme, learners will have to be employed at the setting for at least 16 hours a week. You will need to complete 700 hours over the 18 month period.
If you are not already employed by the setting you will receive the Apprentice Wage of £4.15 per hour for the first year, and then the minimum wage for the following 6 months.
Yes, you do. We can help you find employment as an Apprentice if you do not have anywhere in mind at present.
Yes, it is. It will be possible for you to be employed by a Cylch Meithrin, Welsh-medium day nursery or Welsh-medium Primary School. We will need to confirm that the location is suitable for your training.
We will work with you to find a suitable placement which meets the requirements of the course.
You will receive a CBAC (WJEC) / City & Guilds handbook, the work unit books and a selection of electronic resources.
No. All the resources you will receive are free of charge.
No, but you will need to attend a series of workshops over the 18 month period.
Workshops will be held twice a term for the first six months, which means 12 workshops over the duration of the course.
You will be asked to attend a workshop local to you. You will not need to travel far.
You will need to sit 3 short tests based on scenarios, and one multiple-choice test. These will show that you have the knowledge needed to work with children.
The assessor will visit the setting every month for two hours. During this time the assessor will observe your practice and assess your capability when working with children. The formal assessment will not happen until you are ready for it.
You will have to do Essential Skills in Mathematics, Language and Literacy if you do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in these subjects. You will have to show certificates as evidence that you have these grades.
Your Welsh will need to be sufficiently good for you to be able to work with children through the medium of Welsh, follow the workshops in Welsh and sit the tests in Welsh.
Yes, you may.
We will have to speak with the setting to decide whether it is suitable for you to complete your 16 hours in the setting. The situation varies from setting to setting.
Unfortunately, no. You must be employed by a single employer for at least 16 hours. This employer will be the one who is part of the apprenticeship agreement. There is nothing to prevent you from working at another cylch, but this will not count as part of your apprenticeship.
- Cylch Meithrin Leader
- Cylch Meithrin Assistant
- Day Nursery Manager
- Day Nursery Deputy Manager
- Day Nursery Assistant
- Foundation Phase Assistant
- After-school Club Assistant
- Primary School Classroom Assistant