Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Qualification Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship
Subject Area Apprenticeship
Attendance Full Time
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds and Adults

Course Content

This apprenticeship provides an in depth understanding of working with children from birth to 5 years old. It can cover a range of settings including children's centres, pre-school reception, full day care or as a childminder. The work may be independent or supervising others to deliver learning, development and care to children.

Typically this apprenticeship will take 18 months to complete.

The apprenticeship standards “knowledge, skills and behaviours” are developed over the course of the programme via scheduled learning interventions with employer mentors and lifetime team members. The course covers:

  • The Role of the Early Years Educator - Apprentices learn about the role and responsibilities of an Early Years Educator, and how to engage in continual professional development and reflective practice.

  • Child Development - Apprentices will learn the development of children birth to five years and the influences that affect development, the importance of early intervention and how to support special educational needs.

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage - Apprentices learn how to apply the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

  • Health and Safety in the Early Years - Apprentices learn the legal requirements for health and safety, risk assessment and how to respond to childhood illnesses, accidents and emergencies.

  • Safeguarding in the Early Years - Apprentices learn the legal requirements for safeguarding, the indicators of potential or actual abuse or harm and how to respond to allegations and concerns.

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Apprentices learn the legislation, codes of practice related to their own duties, the importance of promoting equality diversity and inclusion and how to support equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination.

  • Children’s Behaviour, Welfare and Care - Apprentices learn how to plan and carry out physical care routines, support children’s health and wellbeing and understand strategies to support positive behaviour.

  • Theories and Philosophical Approaches in the Early Years - Apprentices learn about how the theoretical perspectives underpin development and the theories of play.

  • Teaching and Learning in the Early Years - Apprentices learn about holistic development, strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics, and how to support speech, language and communication.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this 18 months standard, apprentices will demonstrate a knowledge of child development and a range of excellent skills, such as strong communication with children and adults, be able to work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to provide a safe and stimulating environment that facilitates learning, and take responsibility of planning and supervising activities which are based around children’s needs.

Typical roles include: Nursery Nurse, Nursery Teaching Assistant, Supervisor, Child Minder & Early Years Educator.


The Apprenticeship offers huge potential to progress your career in this rewarding industry. There is huge scope to work in a variety of supervisory roles in the childcare sector.

The sector is steadily expected to grow in terms of volume employees required, with presently around 360,500 staff working in non-maintained childcare settings (full day care, childminders, etc) and there are over 115,000 staff working in maintained early years provision (nursery schools, nursery classes or reception classes in schools).

Entry Requirements

We will undertake an assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you. It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade 4/C or above.


Regular evaluation sessions with managers and team members will allow apprentices to practice end assessment activities such as observations, multiple-choice question sessions, reviewing the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence and a series of professional discussions.

To prepare for a final end point assessment apprentices will be asked to complete a number of activities in-between visits to build confidence and competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours. The Early Years Educator Level 3 End Point Assessment will include the following types of assessment:

  • Knowledge test, consisting of multiple-choice questions.
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.


There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.

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