Education and Childcare Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Early Years Practitioner and Early Years Educator

A career in Early Years is truly rewarding. As an Early Years Practitioner or an Early Years Educator, you’ll be responsible for the care, welfare and education of very young children. 

You’ll be helping to shape a child’s future by building caring and nurturing relationships to help them feel secure, confident and independent. 

You’ll be responsible for planning and providing play activities to help young children’s development and learning, and to help them to become ready for school.  

You’ll need good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team. You’ll need to be caring and nurturing, as well as patient and understanding as you could be working with children from birth to end of Reception year. . 

Education and Training 

Education and Training covers many areas of teaching and learning and can include classroom-based teaching or mentoring and coaching. 

If you have excellent communication and presentation skills and want a career in education, then a Learning and Skills Teacher, Learning Coach, Teaching assistant and Learning Mentor apprenticeship could be the best route for you. 

Register your interest using the form below and one our team will contact you.

Overview

You’ll get to experience what it’s like to work in the Early Years sector and you’ll attend a placement for two days a week. 

You’ll have a dedicated Total People Learner Coach and a workplace mentor who will support you to develop key skills you’ll need to progress.  

A Traineeship includes: 
  • high quality work experience 
  • Early Years vocational skills 
  • workplace skills 
  • Maths and English Functional Skills 
Length of programme 

Between six weeks and six months 

Progression Opportunities 
  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard 
  • Level 3 Early Years educator Apprenticeship Standard 
  • employment 
  • further education 
Overview

On this programme you’ll learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an Early Years Practitioner 

You’ll also gain:
  • an EYP qualification as recognised by the Department for Education such as the NCFE/CACHE L2 Diploma for the Early Years practitioner 
  • Functional Skills maths and English 
  • End Point Assessment 
Length of Course  

16 months  

As an Early Years Educator, you will: 
  • Plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child 
  • Support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play 
  • Have key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure 
  • Observe each child and shape their learning experience, reflecting their observations and assessments 
  • Meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine 
  • Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child 

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting. 

On this programme you’ll learn: 
  • the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an Early Years Educator 
  • You’ll also gain 
  • A L3 EYE qualification as recognised by the Department for Education such as the NCFE/CACHE L3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator 
  • Paediatric First Aid 
  • Functional Skills maths and English 
  • End Point Assessment 
Length of programme  

21 months  

Overview

You’ll get to experience what it’s like to work in the Early Years sector and you’ll attend a placement for two days a week. 

You’ll have a dedicated Total People Learner Coach and a workplace mentor who will help you to develop the key skills you’ll need to progress.  

A Traineeship includes: 
  • high quality work experience 
  • Teaching Assistant vocational skills 
  • workplace skills 
  • Maths and English Functional Skills 
Length of programme 

Between six weeks and six months 

Progression Opportunities: 
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard 
  • employment 
  • further education 
Overview

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. 

Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. 

On this programme you’ll learn:
  • the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to become a Teaching Assistant 
  • Functional Skills maths and English 
  • End Point Assessment 
Length on programme 

21 months typical 

Progression Opportunities 
  • potential progression to HLTA status 
  • Assistant Teacher 
  • Teacher 
Overview

With our Level 3 Learning Mentor apprenticeship standard, you’ll gain industry recognised skills. As well as learning ‘on the job’ you’ll also learn how to mentor through a series of workshops..  

Learning Mentors support the development of learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, and apply theoretical learning in work environments, either to individual learners or to groups of learners. They give practical, technical and pastoral support and guidance. 

On this programme you’ll learn:
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English 
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in ICT  
  • Safeguarding Level 1 
  • End Point Assessment 
Length of Course 

13 months, 2 months for EPA

Entry Requirements 
  • Employers may set any entry requirements which may include: 
  • a strong desire to support learners 
  • a qualification in your chosen specialism 
  • recent experience and knowledge relevant to the role 
  • Maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above).You’ll have to gain these before you take your End Point Assessment.  
Cost 

This will depend on the size of the employer, but you can discuss this with one of our friendly team. 

Length of the course

15 months approximately

Overview

With our Level 4 Assessor Coach apprenticeship, you’ll gain industry recognised skills. In addition to learning ‘on the job’ you’ll also learn how to assess and coach through a series of online learning sessions.  

You’ll have a dedicated Total People Learning Coach who will help you to develop the key skills you’ll need to progress. 

You’ll be working towards a recognised and valued qualification which will allow  you to move on to further learning if you wish.  

On this programme you’ll learn:
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English 
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in ICT  
  • Safeguarding Level 1 
  • End Point Assessment 
Length of Course  

17 months

Entry Requirements 

Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include: 

  • a qualification and up-to-date experience in your chosen specialism 
  • Maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above). You’ll have to gain these before you take your End Point Assessment.  
Length of the course

17 months approximately

Cost 

This will depend on the size of the employer, but you can discuss this with one of our friendly team. 

Overview

This is a 24-month programme (excluding gateway) and includes a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. The Learning and Skills Teacher is ‘dual-professional’, having first achieved in their chosen specialism and then trained as a teacher. 

LSTs (Learning and Skills Teachers) plan and deliver learning that is current, relevant, challenging, and that inspires learners to achieve their full potential. LSTs collaborate closely with colleagues to support learner progress and ensure learner wellbeing. 

On this programme you’ll learn:
  • knowledge, skills and behaviours to work as a skills teacher in further education 
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 
  • Level 2 NCFE / CACHE Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Functional Skills English and maths  
You’ll also gain

100 hours teaching practice minimum (classroom or workshop delivery with groups) 

Length of programme 

24 months plus eight weeks Gateway 

Progression Opportunities 
  • apply for QTLS 
  • curriculum leadership role 
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