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.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

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

Work Experience

The apprenticeship is work experience based, so this will depend on the employment contract you agree to.


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.

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



Reception class teaching assistant

Play therapist

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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