Early Years Educator (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The Level 3 Diploma prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years, and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. It is for those who work in the Early Years Workforce and will cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in statutory, private and voluntary settings.

To gain this qualification the learners will need to complete 23 mandatory units and a longitudinal study. Workplace experience is required across a range of all ages, from birth to 5 years and you will need to demonstrate competence in at least two of the three age groups.

The units are structured around three themes:

• Theme 1: Health and well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

The apprenticeship framework consists of a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce (EYE), Employers' Rights and Responsibilities and Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

How will it be delivered?

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at Cambridge Regional College. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.
You will be assessed by a vocationally competent assessor who will support and help you gather a portfolio of evidence, using a range of methods.

This programme is delivered on site at both our Cambridge and Huntingdon campuses to support the underpinning knowledge of the qualification. Day Release at Cambridge is on a Friday and Huntingdon is on a Thursday. All resources will be available on our virtual learning environment (VLE) system and we use an electronic portfolio system called Smart Assessor.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths grade 4 (grade C) or Functional Skills level 2. Learners must be in the correct job role to provide evidence for a portfolio.

Your next steps...

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

• Assistant in Children's Centres
• Practitioner in day nurseries
• Practitioner in nursery schools
• Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• Pre-school worker

Learners can progress to the Foundation Degree in Early Years, Playwork and Education or the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner if you are in a management role.