Early Years Educator

This training programme is ideal if you have employees looking to become highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It’s crucial that Early Years Educators – whether working day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes or as a childminder – have the right skills and knowledge to do their job and ensure the young children they work with can learn and develop well and are healthy and safe. 

Over the course of this apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to provide care and encourage development for each individual child you work with, paying attention to their individual needs, interests and stage of development; how to plan and supervise activities that help children socialise and develop their numeracy and literacy skills through games and play; how to observe children and respond to their needs quickly; work in partnership with colleagues, other professionals and parents/carers to make sure the child receives the right level of care and to enhance their learning experience. 

You will also learn about expected patterns of children’s development, theories and approaches to how children learn and develop, and how to apply this in your work with children.

Course Content


The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities; The importance of having the right values and behaviours; The importance of communication; How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding); How to champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues.


Undertaking the tasks and responsibilities according to your job role; how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development, have an understanding of children’s development, importance of holistic development including speech, language and communication, being able to work in partnership with parents and carers to help them recognise and value the significant contributions they make to the child’s health, well-being, learning and development.


  • Care and compassion
  • Being team-focused
  • Honesty, trust and integrity
  • Commitment
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way
  • British values

Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.

  • Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16 – 18.
  • Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16 – 18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
  • Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.
  • Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.

For more information and guidance on this service then please get in touch with our team, who can give you further information.

Funding available. For more information and guidance on this service then please get in touch with our team, who can give you further information.

18 Months

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