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Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship
Early Years Educator Level 3 Overview
What is an Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship?
This apprenticeship is for those individuals working in an early years setting with children aged 0-5 years old. The apprentice must 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.
The Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship (otherwise known as EYE) is a great opportunity for learners looking to pursue a career in childcare. Careers can include:
- Early Years Educator
- Nursery Teaching Assistant
- Nursery Nurse
- Child Supervisor
- Child Minder
This apprenticeship is suitable for either someone already working in childcare, or someone looking for a career in early years childcare and education. Early years educators play a huge role in supporting children to have the best start to their education.
According to scientific research, disadvantaged children can be four months behind at age 5, 10 months behind by the age of 11, and 19 months behind when they reach 16. Having early years educators on board will help to close the gap for children and broaden their life opportunities.
How the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Works
The Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship takes 18 months with up to 3 months EPA.
Entry requirements mean that the apprentice must be at least 16 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must also be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have some experience of working with children.
What Qualifications Will the Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprentice Gain?
Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:
- Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma
- Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if applicable)
- Paediatric First Aid
Apprentices will achieve an EYE qualification which has been approved to count towards the EYFS level 3 child: staff ratios. We have surpassed the minimum requirements set out in the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) criteria to develop a gold standard qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.
Early Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Units
The apprentice will be expected to complete the 18 mandatory diploma units below:
- Developing effective Study Skills
- Promoting partnership working with parents
- Modelling, promoting and supporting positive behaviour
- Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings
- Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the early years sector
- Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
- Planning and implementing activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in the early years setting
- Continuous professional development and using reflective practice in the early years sector
- Children’s development from conception to 7 years
- Promoting children’s health and welfare
- Promoting health and safety of children
- Promoting children’s speech, language and communication development
- Supporting organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
- Supporting children’s creative and imaginative experiences in the early years setting
- Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years setting
- Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
- Observation and assessment in the early years sector
Apprentices will also work towards functional skills Level 2 in both Maths and English if applicable.
What Else is Included in the Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship?
The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.
Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
As part of the Early Years Educator apprenticeship, apprentices should learn how to plan and implement inclusive play, promote speech, language and communication development. Everything that they carry out should be in line with safeguarding and equality policies and procedures.
How a Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprentice Can Help Your Business
Having an early years apprentice as part of your team will help boost productivity throughout your department. Apprentices bring a fresh pair of hands to the team with cost effective training opportunities. By having an early years apprentice a part of your team can rely on having a loyal team member at your childcare centre long term, training them to suit your business, gaining skills and helping the team grow.
Aspiration Training offers childcare apprenticeship opportunities throughout England and Wales. We pride ourselves on our success and are passionate about helping people progress in their careers whilst supporting businesses in flourishing.
Your Early Years Level 3 Educator Apprenticeship Questions Answered
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What Are My Responsibilities as an Employer to My Early Educator Apprentice?
There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their early years apprenticeship. For example if you are a nursery, there should be an opportunity for learners to become a nursery nurse and progress long term. You must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve the early years educator apprenticeship with support.
You will need to have:
An apprenticeship agreement in place with their apprentice for the duration of the early years educator level 3 apprenticeship a commitment statement signed by the early years apprentice, yourself as the employer and us as the training provider for employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and use the apprenticeship service; you will need to have a contract for services in place which we can support with an early years educator apprenticeship in place for at least one year the apprentice on the correct wage for their age, for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and doing further study
Your childcare level 3 apprenticeship questions answered
Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
What are my responsibilities as an employer to my apprentice?
There must be a genuine job available with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. You must pay an apprentice’s wages and the role must help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to achieve the apprenticeship with support.
You will need to have:
- an apprenticeship agreement in place with their apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
- a commitment statement signed by the apprentice, yourself as the employer and us as the training provider
- for employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and use the apprenticeship service; you will need to have a contract for services in place which we can support with
- an apprenticeship in place for at least one year
- the apprentice on the correct wage for their age, for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and doing further study
Can my existing staff start an apprenticeship?
Of course! Placing your existing staff on an apprenticeship is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.
How does the apprentice learn?
Apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business.
How much do I have to pay an apprentice?
Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship.
Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so
Why should I take on an apprentice?
Apprentices can bring fresh new ideas to your business allowing them to grow and thrive. You gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way. They can motivate your workforce more and overall enhance your business performance while addressing skills shortages in your business.
Would my apprentices have to go to college?
No, with our apprenticeships there is no formal need to attend college. All training is done in-house in your business via your apprentices dedicated assigned assessor.
Why Choose Aspiration Training For Your Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship
We are proud of our values here at Aspiration Training. We:
- Are passionate about people
- Communicate with purpose
- Are flexible for results
- Achieve without limits
We work to improve lives through education and develop future careers such as early years educators. We work closely with our clients and listen closely to their needs to find apprentices that fit your business and team. We work closely with your team and the learner to help to nurture the skills needed for your early years centre. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your requirements throughout the early years educator apprenticeship journey.
What makes us unique is that we are able to tap into a talent pool that is overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into early educator roles. For further information and details about the early years educator level 3 apprenticeship, get in touch with Aspiration Training today. You can fill out our form below or contact us via telephone or email.
Don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our employers and learners have to say…
“Our experience with Aspiration Training has been a really positive one. Our assessor supported and challenged us throughout the apprenticeship, and empowered us to successfully achieve our qualifications within the allocated timescale.“