Level 3 Early Years Educator

Level 3 Early Years Educator

Early Years Educator Level 3

A Children and Young People's Workforce Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

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.

To be eligible – employees must:

  • Be aged 16 years or older
  • Have been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years prior to commencing your apprenticeship
  • Be employed in England and have a Contract of Employment
  • Work for at least 30 hours per week
  • Not currently enrolled onto any other apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme
  • Meet a minimum level of English and Maths skills in order to undertake this course

Training is arranged to suit you:

Training takes on average 18 months to complete, however this can be shorter dependent upon whether you have any recognition of prior learning (RPL) or unit/credit exemptions. We will discuss this with you at enrolment.

Programme Structure

The apprenticeship is made up of the following components:

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Functional Skills (Level 2) English & Maths
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Training Covers

  • The expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7.

  • The significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively.

  • A range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop, and their influence on practice.

  • How children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown and adoption and care

  • The importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances.

  • The importance to children’s holistic development of: - speech, language and communication - personal, social and emotional development - physical development

  • Systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading, and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics.

  • The potential effects of, and how to prepare and support children through, transitions and significant events in their lives.

  • The current early education curriculum requirements such as the early years foundation stage.

  • When a child is in need of additional support such as where a child’s progress is less than expected. How to assess within the current early education curriculum framework using a range of assessment techniques such as practitioners observing children through their day to day interactions and observations shared by parents and/ or carers.

  • The importance of undertaking continued professional development to improve own skills and early years practice.

  • The legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

  • Why health and well-being is important for babies and children

  • How to respond to accidents, injuries and emergency situations.

  • Safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection, recognise when a child is in danger or at risk of abuse, and know how to act to protect them. Types of abuse include domestic, neglect, physical, emotional and sexual.

  • How to prevent and control infection through ways such as handwashing, food hygiene

  • Practices and dealing with spillages safely

  • Functional Skills (Level 2) English & Maths

  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)
    or
    Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)


Assessment Practice

Regular evaluation sessions with managers and trainers will allow apprentices to practice end assessment activities such as practical observations, Q&A sessions, reviewing the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence and a series of professional discussions. To prepare for a final end point assessment apprentices will be asked to complete a number of activities in-between visits to build confidence and competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours areas.

End Point Assessment

Apprentices access End Point Assessment following a gateway discussion with their employer and trainer where entry requirements are discussed, checked and recorded including functional skills at the required level. The End Point Assessment will include the following types of assessment:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Professional Discussion underpinned by the Portfolio

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