Early years educator L3

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Start Date

01 Aug 2021

Study Hours

Part Time
6 hours per week


01 Aug 2021


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Course Overview

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

What You’ll Learn

This qualification has been designed to:

  • provide a broad background understanding of the early learning workforce sector and an introduction to the practical skills and knowledge required
  • provide an awareness of the range of jobs and work settings in the early learning sector
  • enable you to make an informed assessment of your aptitude for work in this sector and to make informed decisions about careers
  • encourage you to reach a level of knowledge and skills that will facilitate progress into further vocational learning or to potential employment in the sector
  • introduce you to the discipline of the working environment and encourage mature attitudes to the community in general
  • encourage you to value continued learning and remain in the learning process
  • allow you to learn, develop and practice selected skills required for progression in the sector

Mandatory Units as part of the Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Support numeracy and literacy development in children
Understand and promote child development
Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and practitioners
Promote the health and safety of children
Partnership working with key person, colleagues and other professionals
Be able to support organisational processes and procedures for recording, storing and sharing information
Promote the health and well-being of children
Promote learning and development in the early years
Promote diversity, equality and inclusion within the early years sector
Engage in personal development in an early years settings
Context and principles for early years provision
Lead and manage a community based early years setting
Promote the well-being and resilience of children and young people

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.

Entry Requirements

Must be 16 and over before August. An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

How you will be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed using the assessment methods. Where possible your assessor will integrate knowledge outcomes into practical observations through oral questioning.

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

End Point Assessment

End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must show their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the grades available are distinction, pass or fail.
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio
Knowledge Test

Course and Career Progression

Your tutor will advise you on progression. You can progress to further study a higher level course or another course at EBCF. Careers Information, advice and guidance is also available at EBCF.

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