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Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard (EYE)



The Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is a government-approved training program that provides individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to work in early years education. The apprenticeship covers a wide range of topics related to child development, safeguarding, communication, play and learning, health and well-being, and professionalism and ethics.

Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will work alongside experienced early years practitioners and receive support from qualified trainers. They will be expected to complete a range of assessments, including observations of their practical work, written assignments, and professional discussions, to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered on the program.

One of the key benefits of this apprenticeship is that it provides individuals with a nationally-recognised qualification, which is highly valued by employers in the early years education sector. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, individuals will have the necessary skills and knowledge to progress in their career and make a positive impact on the lives of young children.


What’s involved?

The Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard covers a wide range of topics related to early years education. These include:

  • Child development and learning: apprentices will learn about the stages of child development, the different types of learning, and the factors that influence children’s development.
  • Safeguarding: apprentices will learn about the policies and procedures that are in place to protect children from harm, and how to recognize and respond to signs of abuse or neglect.
  • Communication and collaboration: apprentices will develop the skills they need to communicate effectively with children, parents, and other professionals in the sector.
  • Play and learning: apprentices will learn about the importance of play in early years education, and how to plan and deliver effective play-based learning activities.
  • Health and well-being: apprentices will learn about the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of young children, and how to support them in their overall well-being.
  • Professionalism and ethics: apprentices will develop an understanding of the ethical principles that underpin the early years education sector, and how to maintain professional standards and boundaries.

I now understand the reasons why we do things the way we do and how children benefit from this. I now feel I can support children successfully and can identify whether a child is behind on development and what I can do to help them progress and develop further

Indira, Level 3 Early Years Apprentice