In April 2019 the Apprenticeship pathway for Early Years Educators changed to the new Apprenticeship Standard. The apprenticeship typically takes between 18 months to 2 years to complete. Apprentices undertake an end point assessment (EPA) consisting of a knowledge test and a professional discussion in order to complete their apprenticeship. Further details of the apprenticeship standard can be found at Early years educator / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Level 2 courses qualify learners as Early Years Assistants (EYF) and can be included in the staff:child ratio at level 2. Level 2 practitioners should be encouraged to progress onto level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) qualifications and supported to complete English and Maths GCSE to grade 4 or Functional Skills level 2 qualifications.
Level 3 qualifications must meet the early years educator criteria to enable practitioners to be counted in the staff:child ratio at level 3. To count in ratios at level 3, staff holding an Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and Maths.
Technical ‘T’ level qualifications
From September 2020, technical or ‘T’ level qualifications will begin to replace the current vocational qualifications. These level 3 qualifications will take two years to complete and will gradually replace the existing EYE qualifications. The ‘T’ level for Early Years will be included in the level 3 staff:child ratios in EYFS settings. Further details about the T levels can be found below.