Apprenticeship | Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Is this course for me?

If you work or want to work at a supervisory level in the children and young people’s workforce, you will benefit from this course.

This apprenticeship is a framework. The standard is currently under development and we will update as things change.

Study Overview

There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people nationally and the children and young people's workforce makes up approximately 10% of the labour market in England which includes people working in all sectors of the economy. A large number are public sector employees, including schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS. Many work in the private sector, particularly in early years, but there are private providers in all areas of services to children and young people.

Advanced Early Years Educator Pathway:

At level 3, the qualification confirms competence in this area and serves as the required qualification (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the early learning sector.


Employment & Labour Market Opportunities

Possible job roles:

  • Early Years Educator/Supervisor
  • Nursery Supervisor, progressing to manager

Possible Progression opportunities:

  • Early Years Educator/Supervisor
  • Higher Education
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Foundation Degrees

Additional Qualifications Studied

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Course Details

Attendance: AP

Duration: 21 months


To be agreed with customer


Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Level: Advanced (Level Three)

Entry Requirements:

GCSE English and maths at grade 9-4.

Entry requirements for the Level 3 pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements: As the level of this pathway (Level 3) determines that the apprentice should be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

Method of Assessment

All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assessed and monitored in the work place. Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consits of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organistation when you complete your qualifications. On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks. Formal reviews of your progress take place every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship. If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific Mathematics and English classes. In addition, you may need to attend College for work shops or master classes for some units of your qualification. All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.

Fees payable annually unless stated

Course Fees

If you are over the age of 19 your employer will need to make a contribution to the cost of your training. This discussion will take place between the employer and the Employer Engagement Advisor. You should work with your employer to establish what uniform and tools/equipment you will need to work effectively. Your employer will typically obtain these for you but you may need or want to purchase items for yourself. With regards to your training, you will be provided with a log book for your qualification. You may wish to obtain additional text books, folders and stationery. When attending College you will be expected to cover the costs of any transport to and from College. Finally - you may also have an opportunity to attend optional trips and visits which you may need to pay for.


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Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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