Early Learning and Childcare

Graduate Apprenticeship



With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare, your employees can build a rewarding career caring for children.

The learning outcomes include:

  • core and meta-skills

  • general skills for working in support of others

  • specific skills for Early Learning and Childcare

We’ve worked with employers, colleges and universities to create this degree-level qualification. Your employees will gain the skills and knowledge the industry needs - and earn a degree. You can recruit new employees, upskill or reskill existing employees.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Successful candidates will gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 9.

Select Level 9 to see the framework document and qualification at that level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.

Each vacancy advert says what qualifications are needed to start each Graduate Apprenticeship. The candidate can also contact the university directly for guidance on entry requirements.

Progression and development

An Early Learning and Childcare Graduate Apprentice could look for roles such as:

  • early years practitioner

  • nursery manager

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How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study at university about 1 day a week. At the end they’ll have achieved an honours degree. 

Cost and funding

As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you'll pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage.

Graduate Apprentice learning costs are now funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Funding covers the full duration of the programme. Graduate Apprentices will apply directly to SAAS for the funding.

If you need any further information, visit the SAAS website.

How long will it take?

This is a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 9 (Ordinary degree level) and will take up to 3 years to complete.

Some people might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because they might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. This means they wouldn't have to repeat some parts of the qualification.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider