Puffins Training specialises in the training and development of early years professionals based in Exeter and surrounding areas. We have a thorough understanding of the needs of apprentices, practitioners and their employers, and our courses are designed with your needs in mind. We are particularly known for our apprenticeship schemes, where our results are exceptional - 8 out of 10 of our apprentices achieve their qualification, and go on to progress in their career. We also offer traineeships and excellent CPD courses and stand alone Early Years qualifications. Whether you want to start a career in childcare and education, or you are an experienced Early Years practitioner who wants to extend their knowledge further, Puffins Training have the course for you!
L2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship
The Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship is particularly suitable if you are a school leaver aged 16 to 18, or if you have little experience working in Early Years but want to take your first steps into the childcare sector.
L3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship
The Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship is suitable if you have already completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship or equivalent and are aiming to work with children in a supervisory role, planning and organising your own work.
L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship
This is suitable for staff who have achieved their Level 3 Early Years qualification and want to develop their practice to provide the very best care for children and to become exemplary role models for other staff.
Early Years L2 and L3 Diplomas
If you do not want to commit to an apprenticeship, but you want to gain qualifications in Early Years, then we can offer stand alone Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas for Early Years.
Continuing professional development
Whether you want to update your professional knowledge or refrsh your Paediatric First Aid Certificate, then we have a variety of courses that can be offered face to face or remotely.
Apprenticeships with Puffins of Exeter
If you are looking for a fully funded training opportunity, whist earning a salary, then our sister company, Puffins of Exeter Ltd, has opportunities for all ages at both level 2 and level 3.
Traineeships help people aged 16 to 24 (or 25+ with a EHC plan) get ready for an apprenticeship job if they do not have the relevant skills or experience.
Testimonials from Employers
"The training team have done really well at continuing to provide high quality teaching and support through the pandemic."
"The day release programme smoothly moved back from zoom to face to face teaching and this benefitted the learners and increased the learning that was taking place."
"It’s been good how training has been able to continue throughout the pandemic using technology. Also, Puffin’s training have enabled learners to work from home by providing appropriate technology as required e.g. laptops for zoom sessions or typing coursework."
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Testimonials from Learners
"Setting deadlines helped me get my work in on time and I also knew I could ask for my next task and get a reply quickly." "It’s a really positive working environment, and good connection with staff – (both trainer and employer)." "I was encouraged to do Level 3 – it really sparked a light in me to work in childcare. My training assessor is always available – it works well in practice." "They have a physical way of showing they care – we were given sleep awareness packs for mental health week." "My confidence has skyrocketed since I started at PTL. All the staff are very reassuring. They treat everyone with the same respect." "We’re told about all the options – e.g. I was told about SENCO opportunities and how to apply."