Childcare and early years

Working together to develop fresh talent in childcare. Find out how we can help you grow your setting.

Our experience in the Childcare and early years sector

  • Our training achieved Ofsted Grade 2
  • We’re the largest provider of childcare Apprenticeships in the country
  • Our success rates are well above the England average – 78% of our learners achieve their childcare framework
  • Currently have over 4,ooo childcare learners on programme, with more than half of these recruited through our dedicated recruitment team
  • We’ve worked with over 5,000 childcare settings across England

Our Apprenticeships

Our childcare Apprenticeships lead to accredited qualifications including NVQs and are tailored around the skills requirements of the individual. We offer:

  • Children and Young People’s Workforce Intermediate (level 2) Apprenticeship
  • Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) Advanced (level 3) Apprenticeship
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We’ll tailor the training to the needs of your setting and work with you and your apprentices to design programmes that work for both of you.

All our Apprenticeships are available for new and existing employees.

Our range of business skills training to develop the skills could also benefit your childcare setting, boosting the skills of key employees such as managers, team leaders, or administrative staff.

For a free consultation and to find out how we can help, please complete our short form to request a call back or call us on 0800 901 101.

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If you’re an employee and interested in completing an Apprenticeship with your current employer, we can speak to your employer on your behalf. Find out more and register your interest here.

Our professional development courses

We offer a number of professional development courses for the education sector, such as:

  • Certificate in Education and Training (RQF) Level 4
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools (RQF) Level 3
  • Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) CACHE Level 3 (RQF)

View our full list of PD courses and qualifications >>

Do your staff need GCSEs?

We can also help your staff gain their maths and English GCSEs. We use blended learning for GCSE qualifications incorporating online resources and face to face tutor support, giving you a flexible approach that we can work around you.


Do you want the opportunity to trial a potential apprentice? Traineeships could be what you’re looking for. We’ve got hundreds of eager 16-24 year olds looking to start a career in childcare and Traineeships give these young people valuable work experience, while we provide training on the essential skills they need to start their careers. They are perfect if you want to see if an apprentice is what your business needs, before committing to a full Apprenticeship. Find out more about Traineeships.

Our Service

From start to finish we’ll guide you through your Apprenticeships journey, from explaining how funding works and keeping you up to date with the latest developments on the Apprenticeship levy, to supporting you and your apprentice throughout the duration of their training (which lasts on average 12 months) and equipping your staff with the skills your business needslearndirect childcare Apprenticeships.

Our highly qualified trainers and assessors will work with you to deliver on-the-job training, in your workplace and at times that suit you, minimising the impact on your apprentices day to day responsibilities.

As part of our service, we take the hassle out of recruitment with our dedicated applicant management team can present you with quality candidates quickly. We search for and screen all our candidates and as the UKs leading provider, we get far more applicants than we have vacancies to fill, which means we have a large nationwide talent pool of pre-screened and interview ready candidates for you to choose from.

How our customers are benefiting

Join 5,000 other childcare settings who are already benefiting from our fully-funded Apprenticeship service.cheekymonkeys

“I’m very happy we chose learndirect as our partner for delivering Apprenticeships. The staff they’ve introduced to us have been of a really high standard…”

Hear how we’re helping Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery to provide exceptional care and grow their setting.

Snapdragons case study

Hear how Snapdragons Nurseries are benefitting from taking on learndirect apprentices.

Get in touch for a free consultation

Join over 5,000 other childcare providers nationwide who are benefiting from our fully-funded Apprenticeship service.  Interested? To find out more please complete our short form and request a call back or call us on 0800 101 901.


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