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Early Years Educator

Course title: Early Years Educator Course level: Level 3
Qualification: Advanced Level Apprenticeship Awarding body: Not available
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2018 - 2019
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: 18 - 24 months
Venue: Employer Premises


This apprentice framework is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare; Children’s Social Care; Residential Childcare).

This framework also supports employers of this workforce that provides quality social care, children, early years and young people’s services across the UK by developing highly qualified, well skilled workforce within the Children and Young People’s sector, and ensure that children and young people accessing services in England gain the best possible care and support.

Support will be offered to find your apprenticeship.

Modules and units

  • Understanding children’s Early Years Education and Development
  • Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings
  • Plan and provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years settings
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment in Early Years settings
  • Develop effective and informed professional practice in Early Years settings
  • Promote the Health, Safety and well-being of Children in Early Years settings
  • Child protection and Safeguarding
  • Partnership working in Early Years

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Maths grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)
  • College interview

Applicants who do not meet the exact entry requirements may also be considered.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.


Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

The nine national outcomes for the employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) will be met by the completion of an externally assessed and verified qualification.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This framework includes the mapping of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) which have been mapped to the mandatory units of the knowledge and competence qualification. They are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through onsite visits and reviews.

Qualifications achieved

  • Diploma in Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce Level 3
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities Level 3 (ERR)
  • Maths GCSE grade A*-C
  • English GCSE grade A*-C
  • ICT Functional Skills
  • PLTS


For the Level 3 Early Years Educator pathway 1, on completion of the framework the learner must have GCSE Maths and English grades A*-C.

Progression and employment

This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Supervisor, Manager, Co-ordinator, etc. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years.

Possible employment outcomes:

  • Nursery Nurse in Nursery Schools
  • Pre-School Management
  • Child Minder
  • Children’s Holiday Representative
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant

How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.

Additional and key information

For more information, or an informal discussion about your needs, please contact Lauren Thomas:

Call: 01254 354220

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