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Early Years Educator Apprenticeship (Level 3)


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Course Overview

Early Years Educators 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 may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

What will I learn?

Within the diploma you will be focusing on three themes which all the units are based upon and these are; health and wellbeing, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness.

Within the themes, you will be developing your understanding on how to support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition, how to promote children’s emotional wellbeing and your understanding in how to support children who are unwell. You will also be learning how to plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development, their transition to school and you will also learn how to develop your understanding of legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

All units are assessed using a range of methods including direct observations in the workplace and written assignments. This will contribute to your EPA which will also consist of a professional discussion and a multiple-choice knowledge test under exam conditions. In order to achieve this apprenticeship, apprentices must complete the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) and a first aid qualification in line with the requirements of the EYFS framework

Entry Requirements

Apprentices who do not hold maths and English Level 2 or GCSE Grade 4 (C) will need to complete these prior to completion of the apprenticeship programme (Gateway).

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235.

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