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Early Years Educator Level 3

Maximum Contribution

£300

Typical course duration

18 Months (Plus EPA)

Introduction to the apprenticeship

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurses and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. 

They can be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) r... read more

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The apprenticeship at a glance

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Start Date
Flexible
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Level
Level 3
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Typical Duration
18 Months (Plus EPA)
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Delivery
Blended learning with one to one support
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Entry Requirements

For this Early Years apprenticeship, learners should have a minimum of one year experience.

  • To be able to gain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
  • To ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • Individuals must hold a Level 2 in Functional Skills.

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End Point Assessments (EPA)

The EPA for the level 3 early years educator apprenticeship consists:

  • A Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Situational judgement test
  • Upon successful completion apprentices are graded: Pass or Distinction
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Qualification
Early Years Educator Level 3

During this Early Years Educator Apprenticeship, learners will develop skills and understanding in multiple areas of childcare. Some of the learning content will consist of:

  • Child-initiated and adult led activities supporting the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting the learning of language and numeracy
  • Responsibly ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • A range of underpinning theories as to how children learn and develop
  • The importance of children’s development of speech, language and communication in personal, social, emotional and physical development
  • How to prepare children through transitions and significant life events.

For this Early Years apprenticeship, learners should have a minimum of one year experience.

  • To be able to gain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
  • To ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • Individuals must hold a Level 2 in Functional Skills.

Early Years Educator Level 3

On successful completion of this Early Years Educator apprenticeship, apprentices will be eligible for the following roles:

  • Qualified Early Years Educator
  • Playgroup Leader
  • Learning Mentor
  • Assessor / Trainer
  • Childminder
  • Special Educational Support Worker
  • Assistant Manager / Manager

The EPA for the level 3 early years educator apprenticeship consists:

  • A Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Situational judgement test
  • Upon successful completion apprentices are graded: Pass or Distinction

Off-the-Job training (OTJ) is a requirement for all apprenticeship standards at all levels. Apprentices must spend 20% of their working hours undertaking OTJ throughout their learning or practical period. OTJ is defined as “learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads toward the achievement of an apprenticeship.”

Off-the-Job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship programme and teach new knowledge, skills and/or behaviours that will help you reach competence in your occupation.

Guide to Off-the-Job Training