Early Years Educator

Level 3 Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is for those working in private and public settings such as nursery schools, full day care and pre-schools, delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government and providing support in learning, development and care to children from 0 to 5 in indoor and outdoor environments. The learner will be in a key worker role, taking the lead in assessment and planning for children, playing a significant role in helping them thrive and promoting positive outcomes.

What is covered on the course?

The learner will be expected to complete the 16 mandatory diploma units below:

  • Applying the early education framework
  • Assessment planning
  • Continuing professional development
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Health, safety and security procedures
  • Personal care and wellbeing
  • Plan and lead activities and educational programmes
  • Providing children with additional support
  • Safeguarding children
  • Supporting children through transitions and significant events
  • Supporting children’s holistic development
  • Supporting positive behaviour in children during early years
  • Understanding child development
  • Understanding theories and philosophical approaches to child development
  • Using assessment techniques for children in early years
  • Working in partnership with parents and others

The individual will also work towards Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English, if applicable.

Key info

Course duration

18 months with up to 3 months EPA.

Entry requirements

The individual must be at least 16 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have some experience of working with children.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • 90-minute professional discussion, underpinned by showcase portfolio
  • 35-question multiple-choice exam, completed within 60 minutes


Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma
  • Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English level 2 (as appropriate)
  • Paediatric First Aid
I have recently completed my Level 2 Early Years Practitioner with Aspiration Training. After initially starting at a Preschool as their housekeeper with no prior experience in the Early Year Sector, this was a great opportunity for me to develop my knowledge. As a mother of two, it was also manageable to complete around my family and home life. I hope to progress and complete a Level 3 in Early Years in the near future and thank the staff at Aspiration Training for their support.
Jemma Davis Early Years Practitioner
I found my Level 3 qualification to be a really insightful and interesting course that has definitely helped me improve in the field I work in. It gave me lots of information that helped improve my practice and the quality of care I give to children.
Alex Cooper Early Years Educator

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

Career Pathway - Early Years

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