Apprenticeships, Level 2 & Level 3


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

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

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.