Early years educators 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 provide critical early education in the key formative years that will set a child up for the rest of his or her life.

Early Years Educators 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 Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Examples of what Apprentices will learn:

  • the expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7
  • the significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively
  • a range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop, and their influence on practice
  • systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading, and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics
  • the current early education curriculum requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage

Apprentices will be able to:

  • provide learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individual and groups of children
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    Advanced Level

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    18-24 months duration

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    Delivery onsite and online

Apprentices will achieve Level 2 English and maths.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.

Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements




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