Early Years Workforce Apprenticeship Level 3


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You can become a fully qualified Early Years Educator thanks to this apprenticeship.

Once qualified, you'll be able to work with children from birth to 5 years old in a variety of early years settings. 

Training structure

There are four themes through which you will gain a range of important knowledge and skills.

Here is a breakdown of each theme:

Theme 1: Health and Well Being

  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Support Children’s physical care routines
  • Promote the emotional well-being of children
  • Understand how to support children who are unwell

Theme 2: Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice

  • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Follow legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Working in partnership

Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

  • Understand the value of play in early years
  • Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
  • Promote enabling play environments
  • Develop children’s emergent literacy skills
  • Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
  • Support children’s transition to school
  • Develop children’s cognitive skills
  • Promote children’s speech, language and communication
  • Promote children’s physical development
  • Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
  • Support children with additional needs
  • Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
  • Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Theme 4: Professional Development

  • Engage in professional development

Minimum entry requirements

  • This qualification is suitable for those aged 17+ years of age.
  • You must be employed in an early years setting for at least 350 hours over the duration of the apprenticeship i.e. 10 hours per week over 35 weeks.
  • It is recommended that you spend a minimum of 25 hours with children aged 0 – 1 year and 11 months, a minimum of 133 hours with 2 – 2 years and 11 months and a minimum of 192 hours with 3 – 5 year olds.
  • If you work in a childcare setting that does not provide care across these three age ranges, you will need to seek experience in another setting. 

Exit requirements: 

  • You will need to have achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/Grade 4 or above if you do not already have these qualifications.
  • You will need to have achieved Functional Skills Level 2 ICT.

How will I be assessed?

  • All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods such as direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, assignments and tasks.
  • You must undertake a Longitudinal study set by CACHE.
  • Assessment in the workplace will be completed by our qualified Assessors.

Information & support

  • You will be required to attend an interview before being accepted onto this course. 
  • You will need support from a qualified and experienced professional in your work setting who will be required to complete professional development records.
  • You will need to provide files and writing materials. Wordprocessing skills and access to a  computer for research and writing is an advantage.
  • You will be required to complete private study during the course of this qualification. 
  • The duration of this apprenticeship may be up to 18 months. 

What can I do with this Apprenticeship?

You may progress to a HND or Foundation Degree in the Early Years workforce. 

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