Level 3 Early Years Educator | Furness College
Level 3 Early Years Educator

Level 3 Early Years Educator

Course Content

What Modules will you Study?

The apprenticeship will cover a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours which will assist the student in their day to day work duties. These could include:

Skills –

  • Analyse and explain how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances
  • Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Support and promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Support children’s group learning and socialisation.
  • Identify the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children.

Knowledge –

  • The expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7.
  • The significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively.
  • The correct early education curriculum requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • The legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Behaviours –

  • Care and Compassion
  • Being team-focused
  • Honesty, trust and integrity
  • Commitment
  • Work in a non – discriminatory way

What qualification will I achieve?

  • Successful apprentices on completion, will achieve the Early Years Educator Level 3 Standard
  •  Functional skills in Maths and English would be achieved if the apprentices does not already hold the required qualification at the time of starting the apprenticeship standard.
  • Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.

How long is the course?

  • This apprenticeship will typically take 18 months.

How will I learn?

  • The apprenticeship will largely take place at the site of the employer, using day to day working activities to underpin knowledge that is learnt. A portion of the apprenticeship will take place at Furness College through classroom/workshop based learning. This is likely to be as part of a day release from the employer although each sector has differing delivery structure and this will be discussed with the employer and apprentice.

What subjects will I study?

Apprentice – Level 2 Units studied include: Introduction to communication in health, social care and childcare settings, introduction to personal development, introduction to equality and inclusion, child and young person development, safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people, maintain and support relationships, support positive behaviour, contribute to the supporting child and young person development, contribute to health and safety, support positive environments and understand partnership working. Advanced Apprentice – Level 3 Units studied include: Health and wellbeing, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development. The themes are split into 23 units, including longitudinal studies of child development.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the apprenticeship students will be expected to take part in an end point assessment, this will assess how an apprentice can apply their skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired in their apprenticeship. Throughout the apprenticeship, students will build up a portfolio of work for discussion, which will compromise of evidence produced in the work place to show the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.
*Before taking the EPA, the apprentice will need to have met the below requirements –
satisfactorily completed training covering the skills, knowledge and behaviours as described in the standard
*Achieved the Mandatory qualifications set out in the standard
*Achieved the required English & Maths qualifications specified in the standard
*Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio of evidence to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.

The two assessments carried out for this standard at the end of the apprenticeship are –

  • Knowledge Test
  • Professional Discussion underpinned by a Portfolio

Are there any additional costs?

There are no specific extra costs, just stationery for study.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships.
  • Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Can I get more information?

If you would like to discuss any aspects of this course please call us on 01229 825017, email info@furness.ac.uk or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


Typical job roles

  • Early Years Educator
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Childminder

What opportunities will this lead to?

Progression comes in a variety of ways after achieving the apprenticeship, which are:   

  • Progression onto HE Learning
  •  Progression onto Higher Apprenticeship levels
  •  The potential for advancement in their job role

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