Early years educators are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn, develop and are kept safe within a range of settings. You may work in a range of settings, including full day-care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders, either on your 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 five 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

  • Take key-person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure

  • Observe each child and shape their learning experience to reflect their 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

Careers in childcare and education can be challenging, fun and rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, have plenty of energy and have a solid sense of responsibility.
Your job role may vary, but the most important job you will do is ensuring the welfare and health of the children you care for. You will be involved in playing with children, making sure they stay healthy and happy, and help them to learn new things every day.

Typical roles that this apprenticeship can lead to are:

Nursery Nurse
Child Minder

Early Years Educator
Nursery Teaching Assistant

As part of this Early Years Educator apprenticeship, you will learn how to plan and implement inclusive play, promote speech, language and communication development and ensure that everything you do is in line with safeguarding and equality policies and procedures. You will also learn how to use reflective practice to get the most from your own continuous professional development.