Early Years and Educational Settings apprenticeships

Early Years is an industry passionate about quality childcare. Our apprenticeships develop your employees with the skills to confidently deliver quality childcare, every time.

Professional programmes for passionate employees

The Early Years or Childcare sector provides an essential service for parents and families, as well as supporting the UK's economic strength, as parents can return to their jobs on a full or part-time basis.

Employees in this sector are passionate, hardworking, and caring, with careers seen as vocations more than just jobs. Investing in and providing the opportunity for individuals to qualify to the required levels supports the growth and sustainability of this sector, and the retention of talented team members.

Apprenticeship training in Early Years supports the professionalism of this industry, allows individuals to take pride in their qualifications and achievements and makes sure settings are providing the highest quality of childcare and maintaining ratios.

Early Years achievers since 2017
say the apprenticeship has made them more successful in role (2021)
10+ years
experience in the Early Years sector
Our Early Years partners
  • Snapdragon

Why choose Lifetime for Early Years apprenticeships?

Recruitment that supports ratios

We’re number one for apprentice recruitment in the UK. With more than 5,000 positions filled each year, we bring in talent and deliver the training that starts to make an impact from day one.

Expert teaching

Our coaches are industry experts, with real-life childcare experience. They hold or are working towards their EAT Level 3 and coaching qualifications, or the newly approved Assessor Coach Level 4 apprenticeship.

Off-the-job expertise

All programmes are integrated with off-the-job planning, alongside a suite of helpful resources to support learning throughout the apprenticeship.

Anytime, anywhere learning

Our online learning technology means people can learn anytime, anywhere. Virtual classrooms bring invaluable face-to-face training, while an interactive library of digital resources is just a click away.

Lifetime's Early Years apprenticeship programmes

From teaching and development to organisational delivery, our apprenticeships allow you to upskill and develop your teams with role-relevant and industry-recognised programmes.

Early Years Practitioner Level 2
Early Years Educator Level 3
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Team Leader Supervisor Level 3
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Operations Manager Level 5

Contact us for more information on these programmes.

Our apprenticeship service

Fill your vacancies 

We recruit over 5,000 people every year into life-changing career opportunities, helping our partners to build a future-ready workforce. Working in partnership with your managers, we attract, screen and shortlist the best candidates and get them interview-ready, so your managers save time and you recruit quickly.

Embracing a digital approach 

Learners experience self-led delivery, tailored to working patterns and learning requirements through our cutting-edge online learning platform, Aptem. It's a system that minimises interruptions to learning, fully integrated with day-to-day roles to create a seamless e-learning journey. Supported by an expert coach, learners are guided through clear learning plans, from enrolment through to End-point Assessment.

Celebrating success

Apprenticeship achievement should be celebrated, as becoming qualified is an exceptional accomplishment – personally and for the future of the setting. Generating excitement and recognising the achievements of our learners and employer partners from start to finish is an integral part of our service. It's just one way we support our partners and showcase success.


Let’s talk about how apprenticeship training can support your setting.

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Working with Lifetime has meant we've been able to support learners gain qualifications, from employing new apprentices to developing existing employees. In 2021, we saw 20 learners complete qualifications using Lifetime’s training, including achievers with Distinctions.

Linzi Lown, Professional Development Specialist at Kiddi Caru

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