Occupation profile

Early years educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

As an early years educator you can work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. You will either work on your own or will supervise 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.

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 to reflect your observations.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

All individuals will undergo the mandatory checks to ensure suitability to work with children.

Programme qualifications

  • Level 2 English and maths (if not held).
  • Level 3 early years educator qualification.
  • Complete a paediatric first aid course as per EYFS requirements.

Programme Requirements

  • Complete 20% off the job training.
  • Collate a portfolio of evidence.
  • Meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour requirements and to be consistently working at or above the level required of an early years educator.


With additional experience an early years educator you could work towards becoming a manager of an early years setting.

Details of the programme

You will be allocated a Skills & Development Coach who will support and guide you for the duration of your apprenticeship.

Your apprenticeship programme will be delivered as blended learning. Blended learning is a combination of both online and face to face delivery. You will need to have good internet access and a suitable device such as a smart phone, laptop, or tablet to work on. Microsoft Teams is used for coaching sessions and ZOOM is currently used for taught sessions. You will need to check with your employer that access to ZOOM and Microsoft Teams is available and permitted if using a work device to complete your training.

During your apprenticeship programme, you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. Induction (specific to your workplace)

  • Core training and enhanced training sessions.
  • 20% off the job training.
  • Mentoring/buddy support • Completion of a portfolio through which you gather evidence of your progress.
  • Structured one to one reviews of your progress with your employer and/or Dynamic Training Your apprenticeship programme has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours specifically attributed to those of a competent early years educator (as set out in the apprenticeship standard).

Behaviours overview

  • Being caring and compassionate.
  • Being team focused.
  • Being honest, trustworthy, demonstrating integrity.
  • Showing continuous commitment.
  • Working in a non-discriminatory practice.
  • Working practice takes into account fundamental British values.

Knowledge overview

  • The expected patterns of children’s development.
  • The significance of attachment.
  • Underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop,
  • How stages in development can impact learning and development.
  • The importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion.
  • Holistic development, the importance of the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of children. 
  • Systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading.
  • Preparing children for transitions and significant events.
  • The current early education curriculum requirements.
  • Assessing the needs of additional support for children.
  • The importance of continued professional development.
  • Legal requirements and guidance.
  • The importance of health and well-being for babies and children.
  • How to respond to accidents, injuries and emergency situations.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection.
  • Infection prevention and control.

Skills overview

  • Analysing and explaining how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances.
  • Promoting remote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Planning and leading activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes.
  • Ensuring plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children.
  • Providing learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individuals and groups of children.
  • Encouraging children’s participation, ensuring a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.
  • Engaging in effective strategies to develop and extend children’s learning and thinking.
  • Supporting and promoting children’s speech, language and communication development.
  • Supporting children’s group learning and socialisation.
  • Modelling and promoting positive behaviours expected of children.
  • Supporting children to manage their own behaviour in relation to others.
  • Planning and providing activities to meet additional needs.
  • Carrying out and recording observational assessment accurately.
  • Identifying the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children.
  • Making use of formative and summative assessment.
  • Discussing progress and planning learning with key personnel, parents, carers, colleagues.
  • Communicating effectively in English in writing and verbally.
  • Engaging in continuing professional development and reflective practice.
  • Planning and carrying out physical care routines.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles.
  • Undertaking tasks to ensure the prevention and control of infection.
  • Carry out risk assessment and risk management in line with policies and procedures.
  • Identify and act upon own responsibilities in relation to health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Work co-operatively with colleagues and other professionals.
  • Work in partnership with parents and/or carers.
  • Encourage parents and/or carers to take an active role in the child’s play, learning and development.

Assessment Gateway

After completing the mandatory requirements of your apprenticeship and demonstrating that you are consistently working at the level of an early years educator, your employer in consultation with Dynamic Training, will put you forward for End Point Assessment.

End point assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment (EPA) provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate your competency within your role and to showcase the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have gained. The End Point Assessment (EPA) takes place within three months of passing the Gateway and is undertaken by an Independent Assessment Organisation who is responsible for the grading of your apprenticeship of either Fail / Pass / Distinction.

The End Point assessment comprises of:

  1. Knowledge test
  2. Professional discussion

Your independent assessor will combine the grades of each assessment method to determine your overall EPA grade.

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