Offering Early Years Apprenticeships for employers

We believe that education is the cornerstone of progress. With this belief, we have curated a team of passionate educators and experts who are committed to providing the highest quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Our commitment to excellence is unwavering, and we strive to set new standards in apprenticeship education.

100% of our employers would recommend the Academy "Great communication and support with Apprentices and nurseries.” "The quality of the training days is so beneficial to our team." "Great support for individual learners, regular communications and reminders, very personal approach." "The academy support the professional development of the learners and the training is exceptional."
100% of our employers would recommend the Academy "Great communication and support with Apprentices and nurseries.” "The quality of the training days is so beneficial to our team." "Great support for individual learners, regular communications and reminders, very personal approach." "The academy support the professional development of the learners and the training is exceptional."

Our Apprenticeships

Early Years Practitioner level 2

This engaging Level 2 apprenticeship, develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work in a childcare setting.

Early Years Educator level 3

This Level 3 apprenticeship develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in order to start taking responsibility for leading childcare provision.

Team Leader Supervisor level 3

This interactive Level 3 apprenticeship will prepare aspiring leaders with a full range of skills to effectively manage people and develop relationships, deliver results and manage themselves.

Early Years Lead Practitioner level 5

This Level 5 apprenticeship consists of several components to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of practitioners to create influential, proactive and highly skilled lead practitioners.     

Funding/payment options

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 and applies to employers who have an annual pay bill of over £3 million. Around 2% of employers fall in scope to pay the levy and it’s charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill. Each employer receives an annual allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment and the levy is collected via the PAYE system on a monthly basis and paid into an online account.

The levy is administered through the Apprenticeship Service (AS) system which includes an online digital interface where employers can spend their levy with a registered apprenticeship provider of their choice. Employers have two years from when funds enter their account to spend those same funds before they expire. The levy can only be spent on the costs of the apprenticeship programme, not on salaries.

If you do not need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy

Smaller employers with an annual pay bill of under £3 million are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship training programme. Upon enrolment of the apprentice, you will need to pay 5% towards the cost of training of your apprentice. The total cost will vary dependent on the funding band the apprenticeship programme is within. For this you will need to:

  • agree a payment schedule with the training organisation
  • pay them directly for the training

The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum. They’ll pay it directly to the training organisation.

There are some exemptions to the 5% contribution:

  1. If you have 50 or fewer employees, the apprenticeship is fully funded by the government if the apprentice is aged 16-18 or the apprentice is 19-24 and has previously been in care or has a Local Authority Education and Health Care Plan.
  2. Levy-paying employers can utilise their levy pot to pay for your apprentice programme using a levy transfer scheme. In these instances, you will not be required to pay the contributions.

Employer incentive

An employer incentive payment of £1,000 is available for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.


At the beginning of an apprenticeship programme, a training plan is developed. This plan outlines the specific skills, competencies, and learning objectives that the apprentice is expected to achieve during the course of their apprenticeship. The plan will also include a timeline for completion.

As the apprenticeship progresses, there may be a need to adapt the training plan. This could be due to changes in the apprentice’s skill level, shifts in business priorities, or other factors that require adjustments to the training programme. The ability to adapt the plan is important for ensuring that the apprentice receives relevant and effective training.

The training plan is not only developed but also agreed upon by relevant parties as this ensures that all stakeholders are aligned on the goals and expectations of the apprenticeship.

Delivery includes:

  • Monthly training days and one to one support sessions
  • Regular observations with dedicated trainer assessor/mentor to evidence skills
  • Witness statements to evidence behaviours
  • Regular one to one functional skills support

Why choose us?

  1. Expert educators: Our Trainer Assessors and Functional Skills tutors are not just educators; they are mentors, role models, and professionals with years of experience in their respective fields.
  2. Tailored Curriculum: We understand that each apprentice and employer have unique needs and goals. That’s why we offer a personalised and bespoke curriculum that adapts to individual learning styles, aspirations and business priorities.
  3. Practical Experience: Learning is not confined to the classroom. We emphasise hands-on experience, allowing apprentices to apply their knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace.
  4. Cutting-Edge Resources: Our state-of-the-art facilities and technology-enhanced learning materials ensure that our apprentices stay ahead in their field.

Bud: online learning platform

Use of Bud Online Platform: The training plan and communication related to the apprenticeship are managed through an online platform called “Bud.” This platform serves as a central hub for all apprenticeship-related activities.

Ease of Use: Bud is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. This is crucial for both apprentices and employers to ensure that they can access and utilize the platform effectively.

Login Access for Employers: Employers are provided with login access to Bud. This feature allows them to monitor and keep track of their apprentice’s progress in real-time. Employers can view the apprentice’s completed tasks, achievements, and any issues or challenges they may be facing.

Progress Tracking: The platform includes features for tracking and documenting the apprentice’s progress. This involves the submission of completed work, assessments, and feedback from supervisors, mentors and the Trainer Assessor. The progress tracking helps in evaluating the apprentice’s development and ensuring that they are meeting the objectives set out in the training plan.

Overall, this approach combines modern technology with a structured training plan to enhance the effectiveness of apprenticeship programs, making it easier for apprentices and employers to collaborate and monitor progress throughout the apprenticeship journey.


Whilst no previous qualifications are needed, apprenticeships are funded through the government and as such have eligibility requirements to enable funding to be accessed.

Apprentices must:

  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Hold a permanent contract of employment prior to starting your apprenticeship
  • Not be in any other form of education or study
  • Have been resident in the EEA (European Economic Area) for the past 3 years and have proof of this.
  • Have a national insurance number

Contact our apprenticeship team today to find out more...

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