Employer mentor for the programme
At Monkey Puzzle we will provide you with a mentor within the workplace. The mentor will work with your Tutor Assessor to plan both study and non-study activities and tasks that will broaden and enrich your skills and behaviours.
You will be in an exciting experience rich environment that stretches and challenges you to undertake new tasks, work in different environments and be exposed to new challenges and activities as part of a broad and varied learning plan that meets all criteria of the programme. You and your mentor will use schemes of work for each programme (with the Tutor Assessor) to ensure that off the job experiences and study time are blended throughout the programme, and that it is reflected upon within the reflective journals.
Your mentor will attend learner review meetings and will triangulate the learning experience to ensure it is rich and valuable to both you and the nursery.
Supporting 20% off the job
To ensure a high quality, impactful learning experience, and to meet the requirements of the full award, the Education and Skills Funding Agency requires that, as a student, you are provided adequate time each week towards achievement of the individual programme. This is called 20% off the job.
Students are expected to undertake a day per week of off the job training throughout their programme as part of their journey.
This includes study time for assignments and teaching and learning sessions with their Tutor Assessor, or online via our learning Hyb.
It also includes research time and time for reflection on what they are learning and how they apply it to their role within the workplace on an ongoing basis.
20% off the job can also incorporate a lot of other activities that are not necessarily desk-based or classified as ‘traditional’ study time.
This can include but is not limited to:
- Shadowing senior staff to improve practice
- Visiting other areas of the business to develop new skills
- Visiting other sites to compare practices and to experience a different dynamic
- Swapping rooms with a colleague for an extended period – perhaps a week to learn new skills
- Undertaking CPD accredited courses such as Safeguarding, PREVENT, First Aid and so on
- Undertaking an individual or group project that enhances your setting – examples have been the re-writing of public signage to suit a specific demographic, researching and developing an inclusive narrative for the festive concert.
- Taking or contributing to an agenda item within the staff meeting
Fundamental Skills and Qualifications
You need to have a GCSE grade C or level 4 in Maths and English. If your Maths and English qualifications don’t meet the required standard don’t worry, we have you covered. You will complete an initial assessment before you start your program as well as looking at your past achievements.
And, if you need them, we will deliver a functional skills Maths and English qualification (both or just one – depending upon what you need) right along side your study program.
This means that when you complete your program you can tick all the boxes needed to truly meet the full requirements of the childcare regulations and have the competitive edge.
Completing your apprenticeship
At the end of your apprenticeship programme, there will be an end-point assessment where you will meet with an independent company to assess what you have learned throughout.
End-point assessments can vary slightly in format, but they all incorporate a multiple-choice test and a professional discussion with an independent Assessor. You will then be awarded your grade.
How do you get started?
If you are already part of the Monkey Puzzle family, you can initially speak to your line manager.
If you are progressing from a previous qualification to a higher level, then you can speak with both your tutor assessor and your line manager.
For further information on the programme and how you could get started with Monkey Puzzle you can get in touch with our training team. You can complete the form below and one of our team will be contact with you to help with your enquiry shortly.
Please note: For applying for a Monkey Puzzle Apprenticeship, candidates must be over 17 years of age or over before the employment commences. Not every nursery in our network is currently accepting Apprentices but we will try to find a suitable placement where possible.