Work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities.


This is a Level 2 apprenticeship.


Typically, 16 months.

Entry requirements

Apprentices should be at least 16 years old and have an interest in working in the early years sector.

Typical job role


Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Assistant Childminder, Nanny and Early Years Worker


In addition to their apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve their Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner, plus Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.

Programme overview

Blue tick bulletA range of mandatory units that cover core knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the Early Years Practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship standard

Blue tick bullet Dedicated skills coach to support apprentices throughout their entire learner journey

Blue tick bullet Regular one to one workplace visits

Blue tick bullet Flexible and innovative training methods geared to different learning styles

Blue tick bullet 24/7 access to digital learning content, ensuring apprentices have everything they need to support and accelerate learning

Blue tick bullet Free NUS Apprentice Extra card, allowing apprentices to access discounts on the high street and on other well-known brands

Progression opportunities

Upon completion, apprentices can progress to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification or other similar Level 3 qualifications related to early years and childcare.

Funding and financial support

Employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy can use their funds to cover the cost of apprenticeship training while government funding is available for non-levy organisations. Other financial support is available for employers and apprentices depending on circumstances. Find out more about the latest funding and incentives available to your business.




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