If your setting closes and you need to stay at home
We want to assure you that, in the event of your setting closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to do everything we can to support you with your apprenticeship – and your tutor is always on hand to help you.
To comply with government guidelines, all Parenta staff will continue to work remotely to assist with the delay of the spread of the virus.
In all eventualities, please continue to follow the government guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
So far during this pandemic, we have been able to limit the impact on your learning during this very unsettling time by making arrangements for you to take part in online teaching and learning sessions, using video calls, telephone calls and webinars, as well as providing functional skills and any other additional learning support, where needed.
We will continue with this support throughout your course and your tutor will be in touch with you very soon.
As a reminder, these are the things we have put in place so that we can continue to help you through your learning journey:
Even if your setting is closed or needs to close, your tutor will still be providing you with compulsory remote teaching and learning sessions – this is to avoid any gaps in your learning and to ensure the disruption to your apprenticeship is minimal and to ensure you comply with the ESFA and Ofsted regulations.
When your tutor makes contact with you, please make sure you respond and commit to allocating the time to these teaching and learning / functional skills sessions.
The tasks that you are set and the remote teaching and learning sessions that you take part in are specifically designed to enable you to be able to complete as many units of your qualification as possible.
If you need additional support with English and maths, you will be contacted by our Specialist Skills Tutors and invited to attend extra remote sessions to help you prepare for your functional skills exams.
Furlough and Off-the-Job Training
If you’ve been furloughed, then please do take advantage of the time you have. Remember – the more off-the-job training you do whilst you are not at work, the less you’ll need to do (and the easier you will find it) when you do return to your setting.
Off-the-job training is crucial for you to be able to gain your qualification. It’s an essential part of your apprenticeship pathway and you cannot pass your qualification if you have not completed the mandatory 20% off the job hours; and recorded them correctly.
This is the way that Off-the-Job Hours must be recorded.
Please follow these steps we have provided to help you. Here are some great ideas for ‘virtual’ off-the-job-training.
We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue to support you with your apprenticeship and your tutor is always on hand to help you.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has a helpline for early years providers, schools and colleges – as well as parents, carers and young people – who have questions about Coronavirus.
If you have specific questions about the virus, you can contact the helpline on:
Call: 0800 046 8687