Early Years Educator Level 3 apprenticeship


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Early Years Educator Level 3


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.

Course duration:

18 months with up to 3 months EPA.

Entry requirements:

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 is covered on the course?

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.


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

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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 us for your childcare level 3 apprenticeship

We can help you to choose an apprenticeship that is right for your employees, or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your practice. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs. We are able to tap into a talent pool overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles.


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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.

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