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Poppins Bursary

Why choose an Early Years course?

The Poppins bursary enables everyone to access Early Years courses and qualifications for FREE. So, whether you’re looking to start a new and fulfilling career in the childcare sector or want to upskill – we can support you! If you are a childcare provider, you can also access the bursary to support staff training and development opportunities.

Increase your confidence in your role

Open up career opportunities

Earn a promotion

Evidence your current skill set

Feel more motivated and happier in your role

Funded courses, qualifications and apprenticeships

Online Qualifications

Early Years setting staff members can benefit from a wide selection of fully funded level 2 and level 3 CPD courses These qualifications cover various topics such as:

  • *Creating a Business Start-Up
  • Diabetes Care and Management
  • *Diploma in Leadership and Management
  • *Equality and Diversity
  • Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years
  • *LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Mental Health in the Early Years
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Principles in Business Administration
  • Principles in Customer Service
  • Principles in Team Leading
  • Principles of Leadership and Management
  • *Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • *Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • *Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Understanding Autism
  • *Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
  • *Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • *Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Understanding Domestic Abuse
  • *Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes
  • *Understanding Menopause in the Workplace

*Coming Soon


Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to learn, gain experience, and earn a salary at the same time. They are suitable for both new entrants and existing staff members. Our current early years offer includes:

*Coming Soon

Work Based Qualifications

For those not eligible for an apprenticeship, we have a range of diploma courses from levels 2 through to 5:

  • *Level 2 Diploma in Playwork
  • Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 4 Certificate for EYS Advanced Practitioner
  • Level 5 Diploma for EYS Senior Practitioner

*Coming Soon

Development pathways

SEND Specialist Development Pathway (Coming Soon)

Ensuring that our workforce is well-equipped to effectively support the diverse educational needs of children is crucial. The SEND Specialist Development Pathway offers current employees the opportunity to specialise in working with children with SEND.

Individuals will undertake the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate In Introduction To Neuroscience In Early Years
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • *Level 3 Diploma in Special Educational Needs (SEN)

*Coming Soon

Management Development Pathway (Coming Soon)

The Management Development Pathway is designed for individuals currently working in the Early Years sector or those looking to re-enter the field. Participants will start with the Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading and then move on to the Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management. The programme is expected to last up to 15 months.

Train the Trainer programme (Coming Soon)

A chance for current employees to acquire a level 3 training certification, enabling them to conduct in-house training on crucial skills such as customised training for the workplace, Health & Safety, and Equality & Diversity. Each individual who successfully completes the training will receive a £150 bonus.

Gateway to Childminding (Coming Soon)

Becoming a registered childminder can be quite costly, with an approximate expense of £1,000. The setup process includes obtaining the Level 3 Award in preparing to work in home-based childcare, a paediatric first aid certificate, and a DBS check. Poppins could provide support to cover the set up costs for new childminders by providing a grant of up to £1,000 to directly pay for their upfront registration fees. To be eligible for this grant, you would need to apply and meet the low-income threshold.

Coming Summer 2024

Gateway to Childcare (Coming Soon)

Introducing the Gateway to Childcare programme! This exciting initiative aims to spark interest among adults and give them a glimpse into the wonderful world of early years. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a level 2 qualification in early years alongside other valuable sessions that showcase all the different aspects of an early years career.

Join us on this incredible journey and unlock your potential in the childcare industry!

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 12 weeks that provide you with the opportunity to build valuable sector specific skills. What’s more, you’ll be offered a job interview with an employer once you complete the course and gain your qualification.

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