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 gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be competent in the following duties of an Early Years Educator:

Duty 1

Support children's learning and development through applying knowledge of pedagogy and the observation, assessment, and planning cycle.

Duty 2

Develop secure and supportive relationships with children and families as the key person for children in their care, advocating for those children.

Duty 3

Provide respectful and responsive physical and emotional care to children, promoting health and wellbeing.

Duty 4

Work with key individuals in children’s lives (e.g. parents, families, and carers) to improve all children’s outcomes and wellbeing.

Duty 5

Work in partnership with other organisations and agencies to support children’s learning, development, health and wellbeing.

Duty 6

Support the implementation of change to improve practice.

Duty 7

Initiate and engage in continuous professional development, underpinned by reflective practice.

Duty 8

Ensure compliance with child protection and safeguarding legislation, policies, and procedures.

Duty 9

Work in ways that promote and support equality, diversity, and the inclusion of all children, respecting their social and cultural context.

Duty 10

Ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation, policies, and procedures.

Duty 11

Use technology to record and update information for example observations, assessments, reports, risk assessments, and safeguarding concerns.

Duty 12

Promote and engage in children’s play. Support all children to create and adapt the environment to reflect their interests and enable their learning and development.

Duty 13

Ensure legal requirements of statutory frameworks are met within policy, procedure, and practice.

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 a showcase portfolio
  • 1 hour 20-minute practical observation with questioning


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

  • 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.

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