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 If you are 16-18

We can deliver your level 2 and 3 training free under the apprenticeship scheme.  You must be in paid employment for at least 16 hours per week and you must already hold, or be prepared to achieve, qualifications in Maths and English.  At Level 3, if you are training as an Early Years Educator, this must be a GCSE grade A-C although functional skills are an allowed alternative for other qualifications.  In some apprenticeships, Level 2 functional skills in ICT is also a requirement.

If you are 19-23

We can deliver your level 2 and 3 training free under the apprenticeship scheme.  You must be in paid employment for at least 16 hours per week and you must already hold, or be prepared to achieve, qualifications in Maths and English.  At Level 3, if you are training as an Early Years Educator, this must be a GCSE grade A-C although functional skills are an allowed alternative for other qualifications.  In some apprenticeships, Level 2 functional skills in ICT is also a requirement.

Under the present government’s funding policies we can only fund training for apprenticeships and so, if you are not able to train as an apprentice, we will need to charge the full rate for the qualification.

If you are 24 +

For level 2 and 3 qualifications

We can deliver your training free under the apprenticeship scheme.  You must be in paid employment for at least 16 hours per week and you must already hold, or be prepared to achieve, qualifications in Maths and English.  At Level 3, if you are training as an Early Years Educator, this must be a GCSE grade A-C although functional skills are an allowed alternative for other qualifications.  In some apprenticeships, Level 2 functional skills in ICT is also a requirement.

For level 3 qualifications only

As an alternative, if you are not eligible or do not wish to train as an apprentice, you are entitled to an advanced learning loan to cover the cost of your qualification.   Our fees (typically £1,800 including VAT) are very low compared with the cost of a university degree and there is nothing to repay until your annual income exceeds £21,000.  Visit our loans portal for further information.  Please note that, to be eligible for a loan for an Early Years Educator qualification outside an apprenticeship, you must hold GCSE grade C in maths and English before starting.

Under the present government’s funding policies we can only fund training for apprenticeships and so, if you are not able to train as an apprentice or to secure a loan, we will need to charge the full rate for the qualification.

Some local authorities provide bursary funds for those who cannot get funding from any other source.  Priorities vary, so ask your local early years workforce development team.

 

Funding is complex and subject to frequent change – it’s always best to speak to us for the latest information.