Orange Moon Training has been supporting schools since 2015 by; 

  • Delivering accredited Teaching Assistant training  
  • Customising and contextualising the generic accredited courses to meet the specific needs of each individual and school.
  • Helping schools to recruit quality individuals for their teaching staff through a “grow your own” Teaching Assistant Academy programme.
  • Organising placement opportunities to Teaching Assistant trainees 
  • Supporting schools to utilise their apprenticeship levy funding to help recruit new staff and provide CPD training to up skill existing staff through an accredited apprenticeship training programme in line with guidance from, and targets set, by the Department for Education. 
  • Working with the link schools for our Home Early Years Educators (Childminders) to support children in their settings in the transition to their local primary schools. 

Your “grow your own” Early Years Academy programme

Our Teaching Assistant academy is designed to identify potential TAs from the wider school community (parents and other individuals linked with the school) and through wider advertising campaigns. 

This is a funded volunteer programme to introduce learners to the world of working in your schools.

All academy graduates will:

  • Have the basic skills & knowledge required to start work e.g. a knowledge of safeguarding, health & safety, equality & diversity, the EYFS
  • Be DBS checked
  • Have received basic employability skills
  • Have demonstrated their reliability and passion for working with children.

Early Years apprenticeships for Schools

Apprenticeships are a great way for Nurseries and Pre-schools to recruit new employees. Did you know apprenticeships can also be used to upskill yourself and other existing employees with a funded level 2 or 3 qualification.

Our accredited qualifications are designed for the fast changing environments in Nurseries and Pre-schools, we understand the day to day issues with regards to staffing and ratios.

We are able to help you recruit apprentices. The best way to identify potential apprentices for you setting is through our Early Years Academy Programme. We can be with you every step of your recruitment process.

We are keen to ensure our programmes are accessible to all candidates. We are able to provide additional support to apprentices if on induction or during the course, additional learning or pastoral support needs required to enable the apprentice to complete the programme are identified.  

Our delivery Team

Our schools delivery and support team consist of highly experienced and skilled teaching staff professionals including; 

  • Head teachers 
  • Teachers 
  • High Level Teaching Assistants 
  • Teaching Assistants 
  • Early Years Teachers 

The costs of apprenticeship training is met in full by the government for any apprentices aged between 16 and 18 years old. For apprentices aged 19 or over, the government will fund 95% of the training costs. The employer must may the additional 5%. Foe example the Early Years Educator apprenticeship costs £6,000, the employer has t o contribute £300. The contribution is paid directly to the training provider who must report collection to the government. 


If the funding is required to upskill existing staff members, it may be that that person already has some of the skills and knowledge due to them being in post for a period or having achieved some qualifications relevant to the job role e.g. short CPD courses. We will assess this prior skills and knowledge and reduce the cost of the apprenticeship training accordingly.  

We can work with you to develop an Early Years CPD programme which meets the individual needs of a particular staff member or staff groups, or one which is designed to meet an organisation need. Some of these programmes can be funded depending on what is required and other the eligibility of individual staff members. 

Yes, your apprentice funds can be used to fund a wide range of job rolesTypical roles in your organisation might include: Business administration, Marketing and Digital Marketing, Management, Team Leader/Supervisor, Management. The Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education website lists all available apprenticeships.