Early years workforce development

There is an ongoing national drive to strengthen the training, qualifications and career opportunities of people working in early education and childcare. There are now well established qualifications pathways for both early years education and playwork.

Early years and childcare recruitment

If you wish to check qualification levels against the statutory requirements for registered settings, you can use the interactive Department for Education's qualification finder.

Job vacancies and information can be found on careers in childcare.

Training and qualifications

The Early Years and Childcare Workforce Development Team supports people employed in the early years and childcare sector to:

  • develop their careers through professional development
  • gain qualifications in childcare and playwork, from initial qualifications through to management and degree level
  • the Early Years and Childcare Training Centre offers subsidised level 2, 3 and 4 early years qualifications, level 3 playwork qualifications and also signposts practitioners to partner agencies as appropriate.

Early years and childcare training and support programme for settings and schools

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In addition, schools and settings may access additional tailored support from our experts. Further details of services available and costs can be found at the end of each subject section in the training and support programme, or contact earlyyears.service@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Booking a place on a training course

Courses are open to all private and voluntary early years and childcare providers in Cambridgeshire, and relevant school personnel who work directly with children in The Early Years Foundation Stage.

Book courses online using the Learn Together website. Booking online enables you to book and receive confirmation immediately. Please note: To book online using Learn Together, schools and settings must register their account with us first. To do so please email: eyctraining@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Cancellation and booking policies apply as detailed in the training programme.

On request, our trainers will deliver training courses outlined in the training and support programme directly to providers or groups of provider.  Please contact us for details of costs and availability: eyctraining@cambridgeshire.gov.uk


Limited funding may be available to support certain courses, subject to criteria. You can read about funding in the training and support programme. The Workforce Development Team administers and allocates financial support for qualifications.

Contact us

Early Years Workforce Development Team
Box No OCT1215
Shire Hall

Telephone: 01223 706 350
Email: eyctraining@cambridgeshire.gov.uk