Course Title Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship
Level: 3
Code M06-A

Overview of the Course

The Early Years Educator pathway is for those working in childcare e.g. nurseries, pre-schools, crèches or schools (reception or nursery only).


The Level 3 apprenticeship will allow you to gain the skills needed when supporting in an Early Years setting. The knowledge and skills you will gain includes how to plan, observe and assess children and vital areas of health and well-being.


This qualification will prepare apprentices to become Early Years Educators and will enable them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years

You will learn how to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


Key Units/Learning Aims


In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment the qualification has been structured around the following three themes:


· Theme 1: Health and well-being

Including nutrition, exercise, physical care, supporting unwell children and emotional well-being

· Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Including safeguarding, health and safety, equality, partnership working and professional development.

· Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Including children’s development, play, observation assessment and planning, longitudinal studies, schools transition and supporting additional needs.

What are the entry requirements?

Relevant qualifications and/or an initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement.

Specific entry requirements may be applicable based on employer requirements.
Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce or prior experience which will be individually assessed.

This qualification determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either 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.


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).

Course Duration

18-24 months

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of the apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional Skills are available at Level 2 for this Framework.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the Apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the Apprentice in their development of Early Years Educator knowledge and competence in their work-based activities.

For the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator, the Learning and Skills Coach will visit on a regular basis to support with developing the electronic portfolio, which is used as evidence for the completion of the qualifications. 

Assessment of the Apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:

·         Observations

·         Professional discussions

·         Question and answer sessions

·         Reviews

·         Work products

·         Projects

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