Skills Bootcamps for new careers in early years

This early years Skills Bootcamp is free and linked to paid roles. It’s a chance to get the skills that employers are looking for, before being introduced to a nursery near you.

Course overview

At a glance




3 - 12 Weeks


F2F or online

About the course

‘Accelerate into early years’ is our Skills Bootcamp – a short course specially designed to help people upskill, find a job, and start earning.

It has been developed in partnership with leading employers and local authorities and on completion, offers you a direct route to our fast-track level 3 early years educator apprenticeship – saving you up to 6 months of learning time and getting you into your dream role much faster.

It is designed to be flexible and accessible. Whether you prefer face-to-face learning or online study, you’ll gain valuable experience and knowledge to prepare you for this next step.

Plus – it won’t cost you anything and we’ll even help you with your DBS application!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Flexible learning options: Choose between a 3-week in-person course (limited locations), a 6-week mid-week online programme or a 12-week Saturday only programme.
  • No cost to join: Provided you are aged 19 or over and meet our eligibility criteria, there is absolutely nothing for you to pay. Plus – if you progress onto our accelerated level 3 apprenticeship, there’s nothing to pay there either.
  • Accelerate your progress: This Skills Bootcamp offers you a unique, direct path, to our accelerated level 3 early years educator apprenticeship, saving you up to 6 months of learning time and helping you start your dream role much faster.
  • Gain your paediatric first aid qualification, which is essential to work in an early years setting. The cost of this will be covered by Realise.
  • Support with your DBS application: We will handle the costs and paperwork for your DBS application, helping you to focus on your learning.
  • Personalised support: Benefit from personalised support and guidance throughout your course, ensuring you have all of the resources and assistance you need to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long is the fast-track level 3 early years educator apprenticeship?

To access this accelerated apprenticeship, you must first complete our Skills Bootcamp in Early Years. This can take 3-12 weeks depending on your preferred learning option.

From there, you can move onto our accelerated apprenticeship which can be completed in just 12 months, plus end point assessment. This is 6 months less learning than the standard apprenticeship which takes 18 months, plus end point assessment.

What’s included in the Skills Bootcamp for early years?

The Skills Bootcamp in Early Years includes:

1. Sign up with Realise – you can do this through our website or by emailing

2. Meet your Career Coach – they will offer one-to-one support throughout the programme

3. Apply for your DBS, which is paid for by Realise

4. Join the 3-week in-person course or opt for the 6-week mid-week or 12-week Saturday only online programme

5. Gain your paediatric first aid qualification

6. Upon completion of the course, your Career Coach will support you to find apprenticeship opportunities

7. You’ll be able to progress into an industry recognised level 3 apprenticeship – and complete in six months less than other routes available!

Why choose Realise?

  • Skills aligned with industry standards: Develop knowledge and experience in line with the latest early years standards, giving you a competitive edge in the field.
  • Direct path to your job: Partner with leading employers for a faster job placement, ensuring you can step into your dream role sooner.
  • Guidance every step of the way: Receive expert guidance, personalised support, and connect with a community of passionate educators dedicated to your success.
  • Make a meaningful impact: Join a community that is all about shaping the future of young minds, letting you contribute to something bigger.
  • Gain a competitive edge: Stand out with a pre-completed DBS check and optional work experience opportunities (all in good or outstanding settings).
  • Accelerate your apprenticeships: Reduce the early years educator level 3 apprenticeship duration to a minimum of 12 months, getting you where you want to be sooner.
  • Wraparound support: Access valuable information, advice and guidance services, along with comprehensive wraparound support tailored to support your unique journey.

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Head of early years & education


Head of early years & education

I am the head of childcare and education at Realise. I have 26 years’ experience in the sector, ranging from early years to working with pre-16 learners. I am also the lead safeguarding deputy for Realise which is a subject I am really passionate about.


Operations manager

Ready to fast-track your career?

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to gain valuable skills, accelerate your career, and make a positive impact on the lives of young children. Secure your spot on our accelerated apprenticeship pathway today!