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Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

As an Early Years Educator, you may gain employment as a nursery nurse or childminder playing a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You may work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders, working under supervision of others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Educator:
• Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
• Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
• Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
• Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
• Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
• Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

Behaviours expected of all Early Years Educators:
• Care and compassion – provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to professionally challenge poor practice
• Being team-focused – work effectively with colleagues and other professionals and support the learning and development of others through mentoring and sharing of professional expertise and experience.
• Honesty, trust and integrity – develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.
• Commitment to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education
• Work in a non- discriminatory way, by being aware of differences and ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn

Course Info

Subject Area
Course Type
Matthew Boulton College

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria however, for entry onto this apprenticeship, applicants must have 4 GCSE’s at grade C/4 and above including English and maths. Employers will also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role. Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

Delivery and Assessment

The duration of this apprenticeship standard is 18 to 21 months (depending on the needs of the employer and the learner). Full time apprentices will typically spend 18 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. As a gateway requirement and prior to taking the EPA, apprentices must complete all approved qualifications mandated in the Early Years Educator standard - Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification / Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid/Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that your employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that you have reached a certain level of understanding. Delivery will be entirely in the workplace.


On completion of this apprenticeship you can go on to study for a Foundation Degree in Children and Young People.