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Apprenticeship Standard: Early Years Educator L3

The Early Years Educator Apprenticeship (Level 3) is for those with an ambition to work in a childcare setting e.g. nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, working on their own and/or supervising others. The qualification confirms competence in this area and serves as a required qualification for all new practitioners for registration and regulatory requirements in the Early Learning and Childcare sector.


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, preschools, 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, and gain knowledge of working with children from 5 – 7 years.

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Start date: 01/08/2022

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
1 year


Highly trained professionals

Work with children

Work-related skills

Recognised qualification

Learn from industry experts

Apprentices are taught by staff with extensive experience of the Early Years sector. They will learn to advance their knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the job role of a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner.

Additional opportunities

The College supports Apprentices with additional opportunities to attend guest speaker sessions with experts from industry and to achieve a Paediatric First Aid qualification to support their career.

Work-related skills

During the programme, Apprentices will develop personal and work-related skills that will further enhance the theory and learning that is being developed in the job role in the workplace.


Apprentices will be taught through a blended learning approach incorporating taught sessions, workplace learning, assessments, End Point Assessment and online learning. One-to-one support, tuition and advice from the College’s team of experienced and qualified tutors and assessors will be integral to a successful Apprenticeship programme.

Core components you will study in the workplace and the college environment include:

  • The expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5-years and further development from age 5 to 7.
  • The significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively.
  • A range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop and their influence on practice.
  • How children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown and adoption and care.
  • The importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances.
  • The importance to children’s holistic development of; speech, language and communication, personal, social and emotional development and physical development.
  • Systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading, and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics.
  • The potential effects of, and how to prepare and support children through, transitions and significant events in their lives.
  • The current early education curriculum requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • When a child needs additional support such as where a child’s progress is less than expected.
  • How to assess within the current early education curriculum framework using a range of assessment techniques such as practitioners observing children through their day-to-day interactions and observations shared by parents and/or carers.
  • The importance of undertaking continued professional development to improve own skills and early years practice.
  • The legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Why health and well-being are important for babies and children.
  • How to respond to accidents, injuries and emergency situations.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection, recognise when a child is in danger or at risk of abuse and know how to act to protect them. Types of abuse include domestic, neglect, physical, emotional and sexual.
  • How to prevent and control infection through methods such as washing hands, food hygiene practices and dealing with spillages safely.
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Upon successful completion of this course, Apprentices will be able to progress onto meaningful employment as a Key Worker, Childminder or Room Leader. Apprentices can also progress onto a Foundation Degree as a first step towards a career in teaching.


The End Point Assessment (EPA) methods for this Apprenticeship include a knowledge test and a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence the Apprentice puts together during their work placements.

The employer assesses whether the Apprentice is ready for End Point Assessment in consultation with the College’s Training Advisor.


A GCSE or equivalent qualification in Maths and English at Grade 4 or above.

If learners don’t achieve a Grade 4 at GCSE they will be supported to study the subjects alongside their Apprenticeship.


The College’s Student Support team supports all students and offers advice and guidance on financial, personal and pastoral issues. A professional team of staff work together with the Apprentice’s personal tutor to support them to successfully complete their course and pursue pathways to progression.

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