Early Years Practitioners make a positive difference to a child’s life. They will be responsible for planning and implementing daily activities and providing general care and education for children within their key group.


This is a Level 3 apprenticeship.


Typically, 12 months.

Entry requirements

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


Blue tick bullet In addition to their apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve their Level 1 functional skills in English, Maths and ICT

Blue tick bullet Employer Rights and Responsibilities, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills also form part of this apprenticeship

Programme overview

Blue tick bullet Learning modules include topics such as: Understanding Early Years Education and Development, Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage, Effective Teaching and Learning, Use of Assessment, Making Effective and Informed Decisions, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Partnership Working

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 onto the Level 3 ILM in leadership and management, or progress into employment in any early years setting including foundation stage within a school.

Funding and financial support

Employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy can use their funds to cover the cost of apprenticeship training while a range of government funding is available for non-levy organisations. Other financial support is available for employers and apprentices depending on circumstances. 

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