18 months (£6000)


Course overview

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.

Course Content

Whilst the delivery of training and some of the content will be tailored to employer’s needs, there are key elements that must be covered throughout.


An Early Years Educator:

  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child


Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children. This apprenticeship is made up of several components including:

  • Employment rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)


The Units for this diploma has units structured around the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and Well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4: Professional Development


Learners will need to undertake a longitudinal study in the age range in which they are working. They will need to show competence and knowledge in ages 0-5 years; so will need access to these age groups in order to achieve this apprenticeship.


All Learners will be required to either have or work towards and achieve Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and ICT. Tests will need to be taken prior to completion of the Apprenticeship.

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over an 18-month period, which will include Face-to-Face and forum knowledge sessions both delivered once a month. The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 3 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard. The Tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employers presence.


Learners will need to evidence 20% off the job hours using teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace, time spent writing tasks; Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship.


Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths and if they are starting the course without a GSCE grade 3 (C) or above they will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths before completion of the apprenticeship.


Link to professional registration and progression

This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.


Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, etc. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years. This in turn will support the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (Graduate level).