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Advanced Apprenticeship for the Early Years Educator (Level 3)

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Early Years


1 year


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Course Overview

Working with and teaching young children is a highly rewarding career. From first steps to learning to read, preparing them for school and laying the foundations of their adult lives, the responsibilities of an Early Years Educator are vast and important. This apprenticeship will prepare you for a variety of roles in the Early Years sector, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years, and giving you broader knowledge of children from birth to 7 years of age. Your time building experience and confidence in the workplace will be underpinned by crucial learning in College, developing your skills and knowledge with our experienced lecturers.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop your knowledge in safeguarding, health and safety, equality, diversity and inclusive practice, as well as looking how to support children with additional needs. As an Early Years Educator, you will need to build knowledge and understanding in the expected patterns of children’s developments, the range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop, and their influence on practice. You will also develop knowledge of the current curriculum requirements, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Entry Requirements

All applicants for this apprenticeship must be at least 16 years old and must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant setting to demonstrate knowledge and skills through portfolio and observations.

All apprentices must be allocated a mentor within the workplace.

Initial Assessments

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Completion of 20% off-the-job training during contracted apprenticeship hours

Completion of End Point Assessment

Level 3 Pediatric First Aid

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Functional Skills to be completed if Level 2 English and Maths not held at the commencement of course.

Additional Costs and Information

Duration of the course is typically 18 – 24 months for those new to the sector.

Additional costs may also be the cost of appropriate textbook.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Manager
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Children's Nurse
  • Child Psychologist

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