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Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeships (Early Years Educator)

Apprenticeship Overview Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeships (Early Years Educator)

This Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeship follows the Early Years Educator Pathway and is for those working in childcare e.g. nurseries, pre-schools, crèches, etc. It’s ideal for those working on their own or supervising others who want to upskill and gain the required qualification to work in the early learning and childcare sector. At Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship), the qualification confirms competence in this area and serves as the required qualification (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the early learning and childcare sector, children's social care and residential childcare.

Overview Details

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Qualification Information

Awarding Body Edexcel, Pearson
Apprenticeship Code 601/2963/3
Duration 18 Months

Who The Apprenticeship Is For

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is for learners who work in, or want to work with children in Early Years settings in England only. 

What Will You Learn

Apprenticeship Content

This advanced qualification will prepare you with further skills to work unsupervised as an Early Years Educator.

There are 9 mandatory units and 13 optional, where they will need to choose roughly about 2 and 5 (dependant on credit value).

Mandatory units include:

  • Understand Children’s Early Years  Education and Development
  • Implementing Early Years  Foundation Stage
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in  Early Years Settings
  • Plan and Provide Effective Teaching  and Learning in Early Years  Settings
  • Make Accurate and Productive Use  of Assessment in Early Years  Settings
  • Develop Effective and Informed  Professional Practice in Early Years Settings
  • Promote the Health, Safety and Well-being of Children in Early  Years Settings
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Partnership Working in Early Years

Employee right and responsibilities (ERR) will be delivered through an ERR unit which will ensure that the Apprentice knows and understands each of the nine national outcomes for ERR.

Learning Methods

You will be assigned a qualified training advisor, where learning will be undertaken by mixture of 1 to 1 sessions, group sessions, on/off the job learning and mentor support.

Assessment Methods

The course will be assessed via a range of methods which will include direct observations in the workplace, electronic portfolios, guided discussions and on-screen testing

Progression Opportunities

Learners who have achieved the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma can progress to the Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s Services (England) (QCF), which contains six pathways inclduing Children’s Management and Children’s Advanced Practice. 

Achievement of this pathway will also 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).

Career Opportunities

Progression to Level 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship will also enable you to move to higher levels of work or enable you to work unsupervised. Roles include Nursery Supervisor, Childminder and Foster Carer.

Entry Requirements


As the level of this pathway (Level 3) 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.

For the Level 3 Early Years Educator pathway 1, on completion of the framework the learner must have GCSE maths and English grades A*-C. 

You need to have been a resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the past 3 years and should be at least 16 years old. 

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