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Early Years Educator

Level: 3
Typical Duration: 18 months

Possible Job Role: Early Years Educator, Nursery Nurse, Child Minder

Course Overview

Early Years Educators have the opportunity to shape the development of young children, preparing and maintaining environments to support children’s varying needs. This apprenticeship provides skills such as the ability to keep children safe, communication, planning, health and safety for children, the ability to monitor children’s behaviour, and underpinning knowledge of play and development theories.
The aim of this qualification is to develop highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. An Early Years Educators would strive to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
This role could be in range of settings, including full day care, children’s centres, preschools, reception classes and as childminders.

Qualification Achieved

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will hold a Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship. Additional qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English


The role may act as a gateway to further career and training opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Level 4 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Early Years Teaching Assistant

Learning & Assessment

Apprentices will be assigned a dedicated tutor. The tutor will visit monthly in the workplace, as well as being on hand to support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship programme. The frequency of these sessions may be more, depending on the needs of the apprentice.

End Point Assessment

Each Apprentice must undergo an independent end point assessment to determine the outcome of their apprenticeship. The assessments will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship are assessed are:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Professional Discussion
  • Portfolio of Evidence

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set their own criteria for this apprenticeship.

Hire an Apprentice

We can work with you to source a suitable applicant for your organisation or you can up-skill your existing employees. If the employee is under 19 and your business has fewer than 50 employees, there will be no cost for the training. If they are over 19 and/or your business has over 50 employees then you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the training. For any businesses paying into the levy, all training costs will be covered.


With our Talent Match recruitment service, Talent Bank, we will advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and pre-interview potential prospects in order to ensure you only interview the most appropriate candidates for your vacancy – all free of charge.


We offer a dedicated virtual learning platform which allows learners to keep on track of their course. In addition to this, it allows our tutors and employers to keep up-to-date with the progression of learners.