Early Years Practitioner/Educator – Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Intermediate Apprenticeship is ideal if you want to be part of the physical, social and emotional development of young children by planning and delivering a range of activities.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Education and Early Years
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Day Release
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length Up to 15 months

This course is ideal if you want to be part of the physical, social and emotional development of young children by planning and delivering a range of activities. You need patience, understanding and good communication

As an Early Years Practioner you will work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis, supporting the planning of and delivery of activities. This Apprenticeship is the perfect stepping-stone into a career in early years education.

Topics include:
• Communicating and engaging with children to support their learning and development

• Using play to support children to understand and encourage healthy life choices

• Identifying issues of safeguarding and child protection, ensuring that the welfare and safety of children is promoted and safeguarded and to report any child protection concerns to the person in charge

• Carrying out self-reflection and use continuous professional development opportunities to improve practice

• Supporting the wellbeing of all children including those with additional needs and disabilities

Next steps… Some Apprentices go into employment OR progress onto a Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

Pay: Your pay will depend on your employer. There are minimum wage guidelines in place for Apprentices based on your age and how long you have been in the role. Often employers do offer more in order to secure new talent. If you are already in a job and your employer is offering training through an Apprenticeship it is
common place that your wage and contract will remain the same.

You will achieve:

  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
  • If required: Functional Skills (IT, English, Maths)
Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and Maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

You need patience,understanding, a strong desire to work with people and good communication skills. You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employer.



You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

Additional Costs

Other costs would include the purchase of recommended textbooks. You will need an enhanced DBS check done through your work placement or the college.

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