CAP AEPE (Accompagnant Educatif Petite Enfance)

Last update 18/01/2024

Paris Institute of Childcare Training prepares you to take the national exams for the Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle – Accompagnant Éducatif Petite Enfance (formerly CAP Petite Enfance). Our training program runs from September to June, on a paid work-study basis.

Courses are given in French and English, and are designed primarily for English speakers learning French, to prepare them for the national CAP AEPE exams. Paris ICT also offers a CAP AEPE training pathway exclusively in French.

The CAP AEPE is a level 3 diploma, issued by the French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. For more information, please consult the CAP AEPE page on the Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles website.

Our objectives

At the end of the training, the trainee should be able to:

  • Acquire and put into practice the essential knowledge and skills to support children from 0 to 6 years old in collective structures as well as in a home setting.
  • Obtain the early years diploma known as the CAP Accompagnant Éducatif Petite Enfance (CAP AEPE), a level 3 diploma issued by the Ministry of National Education.

The skills targeted are defined by the CAP AEPE national curriculum.



  • You need to be 18+
  • Have a full-time work permit (a student visa is not enough)
  • Be available full-time from September to early July
  • Be able to speak fluently, read and write in English (except if applying to the French language option)
  • Have a first experience with children from 0 to 6 years old (home care, internship/employment in a crèche/school/daycare centre, summer camp, etc.)

Terms and application process

  • Duration: 600 hours over 10 months, from September to June each year
  • Training hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 12,30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Alternation with the family via an approved company, with after-school and Wednesday childcare for children aged 0 to 6
  • Registration begins in January each year. Complete the online form or contact us by email:

The registration steps are as follows:

  • Complete an application file (CV, identity documents, etc.)
  • Individual motivation interview
  • Collective information meeting (at the training center or by video-conference)
  • For work-study training, complete the recruitment process with a partner company and sign a work-study contract
  • Final registration confirmation
  • Start of CAP AEPE training in September

Rates and financing

Work-linked training:

  • The training costs are covered by the OPCO EP and your salary is covered by the approved company for which you will work alternately (childcare in a family)
  • You will have a steady job for 10 months, in an apprenticeship contract or professionalization contract

Other funding:

  • You can apply for funding from Pôle Emploi if you are a job seeker: ask your Pôle Emploi adviser.
  • Personal funding: the educational cost of the training is carried by the trainee. Contact us for a personalized quote based on your personal situation:

Teaching methods and modalities

  • Blended learning (mix of face-to-face classes, online and e-learning)
  • Bilingual training (English and French), adapted to the learner’s level of French
  • Period of training in a professional environment (in a crèche or a school, at home-setting)
  • Training resources: classrooms, digital platform with online teaching aids, technical platforms (childcare, maintenance, cooking), CAP AEPE manual
  • Varied teaching approaches: theoretical contributions in class, interactive sessions, practical workshops, written and oral exercises, individual and group work, professional scenarios, case studies, research and independent work, assistance in preparing for tests, follow-up in the preparation of files and documents

Evaluation methods and post-training opportunities

  • Regular assessments of learning during training (written and oral)
  • Training booklet for each trainee, completed by the training organization and the employing company.
  • Exam sessions organized by the National Ministry of Education (April to June), including 3 professional exams, 3 general exams (written and oral). More details can be found on the National Repertory of Professional Certifications.
  • Training certificate issued at the end of the training
  • Adaptation of the course according to acquired knowledge, exemptions and regulatory equivalences: possibility of validating certain modules based on past professional experiences or diplomas.
  • The many professional opportunities are detailed by France Competences.

Training modules

The training modules follow the skills assessed by the CAP AEPE exam, which are defined in the national curriculum and organized by blocks. Each block corresponds to an exam paper.

Professional Modules

  • Block 1:  Accompanying the development of young children
    • Accompanying children in their discoveries and learning
    • Caring for children and accompanying them in their daily activities
    • Creating and presenting a “chef d’œuvre” (for learners on an apprenticeship contract)
  • Block 2:  Working in collective settings
    • Working as part of a child-parent-professional network
    • Working in early years collective settings such as preschools and crèches
  • Block 3:  Working in individual settings
    • Professional context of home settings (at home child minders)

General Education

  • French, History-Geography-Civic Moral Education
  • Mathematics and Physics – Chemistry
  • Physical education and sport (only for apprentis)
  • Environment – Health – Prevention

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