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Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship


The Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete (depending upon the apprentice’s working hours), and has a 3 month period to complete their end point assessments. The programme has been designed for individuals working in a childcare setting who may wish to progress to a senior or supervisory role. Apprentices can 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.


What is involved in this apprenticeship?

We will work in partnership with employers and develop an apprenticeship programme to address any training and development needs of that apprentice and their place of work. We aim to support employers to grow and develop confident, strong Early Years practitioners. Apprentices will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable them to use their child development knowledge to plan, assess and supervise child initiated and adult led activities. Apprentices will also develop the skills required to support children to develop numeracy and language skills, meet the care needs of the individual children and to work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of the children. Apprentices will develop a solid knowledge and understanding of the requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), including any updates or changes to the EYFS.

How will this apprenticeship be delivered?

The apprenticeship will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Training and learning sessions will normally be conducted both in the apprentice’s place of work and online to complete off- the-job training. We will agree on a curriculum plan with the employer to meet the training needs and prior experiences of the apprentice. Work-based assessment will normally be completed in the apprentice’s place of work and will include a variety of assessment methods, such as observation, professional discussion, questioning, witness testimonies. Knowledge requirements will be met via written assignments, projects, professional discussions and questioning. Assessment dates will be agreed by all parties at the start of the apprenticeship.


Paediatric First Aid:

This is a requirement forthe completion of the apprenticeship. Wherever possible, paediatric first aid will be conducted at the apprentices place of work, however, apprentices may be required to travel to a local training venue to complete this aspect. Maybird Training use up to date paediatric first aid training equipment to support the training experience and prepare the apprentice to fulfil the level 3 Early Years Educator role.

Qualifications upon completion:

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve a recognised and accredited level 3 Early Years qualification. Some apprentices will need to achieve their level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, if they do not already hold these qualifications or an equivalent. They will become a qualified practitioner and along with achieving a full paediatric first aid qualification, can be counted within ratios to meet guidelines within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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