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Level 3 Early Years Educator

Maximum Employer Contribution


Typical course duration

18 Months (Inc EPA)

Early Years Educators, nursery nurses, and childminders are expert professionals integral to nurturing the healthy development of young children while ensuring their safety. They operate in various environments, such as full-day care, children's centers, preschools, reception classes, and as childminders. Their responsibilities include implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, catering to the learning, development, and care needs of children from birth to 5 years. They may work independently or supervise others, ensuring compliance with government standards to facilitate children's growth and learning during their formative years.

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Apprenticeship Level


Typical Duration

18 Months (Inc EPA)


Blended learning with one-to-one support

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher.

How's the assessment broken down?


Creation of a portfolio of learning demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in  the workplace.

Undertakes research and analysis of a workplace project.

Evidence of 360° feedback within the portfolio of learning.

End Point Assessment Gateway:

Completed portfolio of learning.

English and Maths level 2 as a minimum.

Completed Workplace Project.

End Point Assessment (Involving 2 Assessment Methods):

Simulated Task.

Project report & presentation with Q&A.

Employer confirms apprentice is consistently working at or above the level of the standard.


Level 3 Early Years Educator

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