Child Education Courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3

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This course is continuously assessed by completion of a portfolio of evidence which includes mandatory units and choices of optional units to meet the necessary credits and standard requirements for this qualification. It is also assessed using practical performance, online tests and assignments.

As an apprentice you will be working for 30 hours a week and will be completing 20% off the job training with the assistance of your employer. You will be expected to undertake an extensive amount of course work meaning some home study is required.

We expect most apprentices on the Level 3 programme to complete their course in approximately 12 -18 months plus an extra 3 months to complete End Point Assessment. Therefore, duration of the programme will range from 15 Months – 21 Months inclusive of EPA.

On completion of this course you will receive a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care, this overall certificate will include the Early Years Educator Standard.

Entry Requirements

To study this Apprenticeship you must:

  • Have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including English and Maths

  • Have the Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification to meet EYFS requirements

  • Complete a satisfactory DBS check and provide the result

Relevant work experience will also be considered. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager.

Course Activities

An Early Years Educator:

  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs of each individual child.

  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play.

  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure.

  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations.

  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine.

  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child.

The End Point Assessment (EPA) requires evidence of Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) certificate to meet EYFS requirements. In addition, the EPA will require the submission of 10/12 pieces of evidence from the learner’s portfolio, completion of a multiple-choice question test and a professional discussion with an independent end point assessor to determine the overall grade. End grades include fail, pass and distinction.

For more detail on the Apprenticeship standard for this qualification visit the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of this Apprenticeship learners have many exciting options for job roles within the Child Education sector including:

  • Early Years Educator

  • Child-minder

  • Learning Support Assistant

  • Nursery Supervisor

  • Primary School Teacher

  • Special Educational Needs Teacher

  • Support Worker

  • Teaching Assistant

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry


If you would like to enquire for this Apprenticeship, please click 'Enquire' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Apprenticeship Team will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can explore our current vacancies on the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' page and apply now.

If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521483.

Course code: B35705