Early years educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

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What will I learn?

Modules that you’ll take include:

  • UNIT 001 Professional development using reflective practice and study skills
  • UNIT 002 Child development and the effective use of observation and assessment
  • UNIT 003 Principles of safeguarding and health and safety of children
  • UNIT 004 Promoting children’s health and welfare and their diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector
  • UNIT 005 Theories that underpin practice in the early years sector
  • UNIT 006 Model, promote and support positive behaviour and transitions
  • UNIT 007 Working in partnership with parents and other professionals
  • UNIT 008 Promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • UNIT 009 Supporting children’s activities, play, creative development and educational programmes


You’ll be assessed by:

  • A professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of work
  • A knowledge test

You’ll also need to complete a Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or a Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF).

N.B. 20% of the training must be off the job training – details of the elements included in the 20% off the job training are available on request.

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent or the ability to achieve a Level 2 functional skill.

You must achieve Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the final assessment.

  • Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis

Career and progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can go on to further training, including:

  • Level 4 Advanced Practitioner I Early Years
  • Level 5 Senior Practitioner For Early Years
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years

This course opens the way for careers as:

  • Room leader
  • Senco
  • Management
  • Reception class teaching assistant
  • Play therapist

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