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Early Years Educator Level 3 Standard


Approx. duration: 18 months

Start date: September

Attendance: One evening a week at the Ipswich Campus

Entry Requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a                 week and have a contract of employment
  • Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan             assessment to clarify course suitability
  • Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSEs including                   Maths and English 9-3/A-E or Functional Skills Level 1. Apprentices           must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in English and/or Maths if               they have a GCSE grade below a Grade 4 or C

On-programme learning:

  • Early Years Educator Standard
  • Level 3 Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • English and Maths (if required) Level 2

End-point assessment:

Delivered by CACHE


With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

Course Summary: 

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, 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.

An Early Years Educator:

  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which            are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills                       through games and play
  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe             and secure
  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to                     reflect their observations
  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding,                     changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers             or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

Institute for Apprenticeships