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Advanced Apprenticeship in Childcare

This standard develops knowledge and skills relating to the Early Years Educator (i.e. those working with children from birth to 5 years, and gaining knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years, within a setting which provides care and education for children across this age range. This Apprenticeship pathway is suitable for those looking to join the Early Years Workforce and those already working in the sector.

The apprentice will gain both technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and academic study at college.

You must have already secured a position, before enquiring about an apprenticeship. If you’re looking to secure a job, apprenticeship vacancies can be found here.

We can also help you find an employer and we hold information sessions where you can register your interest in an apprenticeship. We will contact you when appropriate vacancies occur, giving you a head start on the competition.

To find out more contact the apprenticeship team on:
01535 685 035 or

Cost N/A
When Flexible start dates Duration18 - 24 months
Level3 AttendanceFull time employment with day release time
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Standard Title:

Early Years Educator



This course is tailored to create a lifelong learning practitioner specialising in Childcare settings.

To achieve this qualification the learner will need to,

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Complete Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)
  • Achieve English and Maths at Level 2 or above
  • Complete an End Point Assessment (EPA)



Entry on to this qualification is subject to the learner to be at least 16 years old, with commitment and passion to the opportunity of studying this qualification.

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early year’s education and care.

To be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families. Contribute to the effectiveness of teamwork. To take responsibility alongside the Nursery Management Team for the safety, security and well-being of all children, staff and visitors at all times. To ensure that safeguarding procedures are followed in line with Local Authority and Company procedures. To support the management team in supporting the nursery to reach an ‘Outstanding’ grade with Ofsted. Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use both in learning activities and in imaginative play. Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers. Establish and enforce rules for behaviour, and procedures for maintaining order. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips. Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required. Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress.

The course is delivered on a day release basis at Keighley College, alongside full time employment.

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Keighley College

Bradford Road, Keighley
West Yorkshire BD21 4HQ United Kingdom

Tel: 01535 685000
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