Level 3 Early Years Educator


Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurses and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in making sure that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full daycare, children’s centers, preschools, reception classes, and childminders.

The Early Years Educator guides and supervises a professional team,
responsible for supervising child-initiated and adult-led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning, welfare and care.

The apprenticeship standard is made up of:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator Qualification
  • A Portfolio of Evidence covering the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the Early Years Educator Standards
  • English and maths at Level 2
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

12 – 18 Months

No formal entry requirements but learners do need to be employed in an appropriate setting to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Apprentices will have a varied blended teaching and learning approach, alongside an E-Portfolio to record their achievements within the following:

Theme 1: Health and well-being
Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Support physical care routines for children
Promote children’s emotional well-
Understand how to support children who are unwell

Theme. 2: Legislation, frameworks, and professional practice
Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection, and welfare of children
Use legislation relating to the health and safety of
Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity, and inclusive practice
Working in partnership

Theme 3: Play, development, and learning for school readiness
Understand the value of play in early years
Plan, lead, and review play opportunities that support children’s learning and development
Promote enabling play environments
Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
Support children’s transition to school
Develop children’s cognitive skills
Promote children’s speech, language, and communication
Promoting children’s physical development
Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
Support children with additional needs
Use observation, assessment, and planning to promote the development of children
Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Theme,4: Professional Development
Engage in professional development

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge-based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks provided for tutors’ convenience in the qualification specification. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours (KSB’S) competency is assessed through End Point Assessment (EPA) which consists of a Portfolio of Evidence, Questions & Professional Discussion and be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Levy employers – paid from digital account
Non-levy employers – 95% funding, 5% contribution required

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of early years setting and consider progression to higher level qualifications and apprenticeship standards at level 4 or above relating to early years and childcare.