Early Years Educator Level 3

The Basics

Sector: Childcare
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years Educator
Qualification Type: Apprenticeship Standard
Course Type: Full-time
Duration: 15 to 18 months
Type of Assessment: Ongoing and End-Point Assessment

What you will Learn

> Plan and supervise child-initiated and adult-led activities
> Support children to develop numeracy and language skills
> Become a key person responsible for ensuring each child feels safe and secure
> Observe each child and shape their learning experience to reflect their observations
> Meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
> Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals


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.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed either the Level 2 Qualification in Childcare and/or be in:-
> A supervisory position within the placement
> Be involved in planning and assessment
> Working 30+hrs PW
> A Key Worker
> Ideally have English and Maths Level 2 or 4 and above GCSE (this can be achieved alongside the apprenticeship)

Roles Available in this Sector

> Nursery Room Leader
> Family Support Worker
> Nursery Manager
> Au Pair


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Frequently Asked Questions

Learner Life & Well-Being

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School