Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3

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As an apprentice, your job role will depend on your employer and the environment they work in as caring for children car occur in a wide variety of settings.

During this apprenticeship you will be supporting children with their learning and development as well as becoming a key worker and planning for individual children’s needs

Course Information

There will be a mixture of theoretical and practical activities to develop you throughout the course including one-to-one discussions, research tasks, videos and other interactive activities. You will attend college once a month.

Assessment will take place via written work submitted in your electronic portfolio and practical observations carried out by your assessor. Practical competence will also be observed by your assigned mentor in the work setting.


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those that wish to progress to the next level of their childcare career.

Units / Modules

As part of this apprenticeship you will study the Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3. You will learn about all aspects of the childcare sector from how theorists influence your practice to providing speech, language and communication support to children.

Some of the units you will study may include: 

  • Understanding and implementing children’s early years and education
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years setting
  • Promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Partnership working in the early years

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop your functional skills in English and maths ready for the workplace.

Entry Requirements

You must have a good standard of spoken and written English. Applicants must have completed a relevant Level 2 qualification in childcare and preferable grade 4 or above at GCSE in English and maths.

Applicants without required GCSEs will need to gain a minimum of high Level 1 on initial assessment test to be considered for this course.

Applicants will also need a minimum of one year of relevant industry experience and have the opportunity to gain experience of working towards a supervisory role in a nursery setting. Applicants must also currently be employed in the early years sector.

Career Progression

Progression may include degree level study or relevant employment.

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Course Details


18 - 21 months

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Course Facts


The average salary for a qualified nursery assistant is £17,000.

Labour Market

97.2% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.

Extra Curriculum

Only 2% of early years workers are male.

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Leeds City College
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