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Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Framework Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This apprenticeship will prepare you for further study at university, or employment working with children between birth and 5 years of age. You will study a range of units including the development, healh and wellbeing of children, providing safe environments, play and learning, understanding additional needs, observation, assessment and planning.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be employed as an apprentice for at least 30 hours a week.

You will have a workplace mentor or supervisor who will be responsible for your training and welfare at work. You will attend college for workshop sessions as required.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set their own entry requirements. However, you will typically require 5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and maths. 

How The Course Will Be Assessed

An assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess your progress against the occupational standards and set SMART objectives.

Additional Information

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this prior to their end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language. Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.

Potential Future Career

As a fully competent Early Years Educator you could progress to various Early Years or Education degrees at university, or enter employment with progression to roles such as an Early Years Teacher.

Course Content

Apprentices will need to complete the criteria within the Assessment Plan for Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours.

Apprentices will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Care and Compassion- provide the very best childcare to every child every day combined with the ability to professionally challenge poor practice.
  • Being Team-Focused- Work efficentively with colleagues and other professionals and support the learning and development of others through mentoring and sharing of professional expertise and experience.
  • Honesty, Trust and Integrity- Develop trust by working in a confidential, ethical and empathetic manner with a common sense and professional attitude.
  • Commitment to improving the outcomes for children through inspiration and child centred care and education.
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way, by being aware of differences and ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential.
  • Working practice take into account fundamental British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


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Studying in the work place means I can gain the real-life, hands on experience I need to progress in the early years sector!

Charlie Parker



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