Early Years Educator
Qualification: Available from Levels 2 to 5*
Apprenticeships Available

The Early Years Educator Apprenticeship is designed to prepare Apprentices to become Early Years Educators, enabling Apprentices to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Apprentices will develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Early Years sector.

Skills Required

  • Effective communication skills
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong team work skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Understanding health and safety requirements
  • Great people skills
Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship – 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent.

Advanced Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent. These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer.

As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

Job Roles
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Care Worker
  • Learning Support
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Play Centre Assistant
  • Senior Practitioner
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Behavioral Support

And many more!


Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

An Education and Childcare Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship, including Teaching. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry in order for you to progress within your career.

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Apply for an Apprenticeship online or download an application form.

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