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Apprenticeship, Level 3

Early Years Educator

Early Years Educators are highly trained professionals who play a key role in making sure young children learn and develop well, as well as being kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of different settings which could include children’s centres, full day care, pre-schools, reception classes or as childminders.

They may either be working on their own or supervising others in order to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements that have been set by the Government; for the care, learning and development of children from birth to five years old.

Job Occupations: Nursery Nurse, Nursery Teaching Assistant, Child Minder, Early Years Educator

Planned Duration: 21 months (Practical period: 18 months, End Point Assessment period: 3 months)

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. If you are aged 16 or above, are driven to succeed in a particular industry and are willing to commit yourself to training and study, then an Apprenticeship could be the right career move for you.

The apprentice will learn, work, earn and achieve a qualification all at the same time.

To achieve the apprenticeship they will complete the following:

  • An industry designed and recognised apprenticeship
  • Paediatric First Aid (Level 3)
  • End Point Assessment (Knowledge Test and Professional Discussion)

The apprentice will work towards the following Functional Skills:

  • Mathematics up to Level 2
  • English up to Level 2

Learners who have already achieved GCSEs (A-C or equivalent) in Maths and English may be exempt from Functional Skills.

The apprenticeship is work based, however the apprentice may be required to attend College for functional skills if needed.

Apprentices will be able to access higher level jobs within the sector, as well as having the opportunities to study further at higher level qualifications.

There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship (unless an employer stipulates any themselves) however all potential apprentices will undertake a basic Maths and English assessment prior to enrolment.

Knowledge Test and Professional Discussion

Where can it lead?