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Level 3 Early Years Educator

The level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce is the underpinning qualification for the Level 3 CYPW (EYE) Apprenticeship. Apprentices will study safeguarding and welfare, physical care routines, developing literacy and numeracy skills and all relevant legislation relating to health and safety and equality and diversity. This framework allows them the ability to practice all that they have learnt in a real working environment.

Prior attainment is carefully considered from the start to ensure time on programme is maximised. The Skills Network offers strong IAG to ensure that each Apprentice understands the context of their learning, the assessment methodology and that their future career progression is carefully mapped into their journey.


Individual employers may set any entry requirements which may include:

  • It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in math and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their apprenticeship training. For those apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in English and math and will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their apprenticeship. However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their end-point assessment.

During the duration of the apprenticeship your staff will develop a range of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which will add significant value to each apprentices overall learning, progress and development. Examples include:


  • The expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7.
  • How children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown and adoption and care
  • The legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.


  • Plan and lead activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes which include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements
  • Support and promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Identify the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children


  • Care and compassion
  • Honesty, trust and integrity
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way

The benefits of this level 3 apprenticeship include:

  • You will see improved staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a nationally recognised training provider
  • Employees will achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Bespoke support to ensure your apprentices access high quality ‘off the job’ learning
  • Rapid improvements within your employee’s performance, productivity and behaviours which will benefit your organisations services
  • Employees will receive subject specialist support from a Trainer and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Once your employees have completed this apprenticeship, they could progress on to the following:

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    Key Information

    Maximum Funding £6000.00
    Course Length 12 to 18 Months
    Awarding Body NCFE
    Learning Method Workplace (direct delivery)
    Direct Debit

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