Early Years Educator

Level 3 Diploma

NCFE CACHE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA FOR THE EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE (EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR)

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The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

1. Who is it suitable for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Children’s learning and Development (Early Years Educator) apprenticeship is for people who work in or want to work with children in Early Years settings.

It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate competence as an Early Years Educator, Child minder or Nursery Nurse
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in Early Years Education
  • Have existing skills recognised
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
2. What are the entry requirements?

Ideally the apprentice would hold a level 2 childcare qualification. Alternatively a level of experience by working on their own or by supervising others.

Apprentices studying this course must have achieved a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths or alternatively a minimum of  Level 1 Functional Skills in both maths and English on entry. You will work towards a Level 2 functional Skill in both English and Maths.

3. Training provided

You will be working towards the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard (knowledge, Skills and Behaviours). The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) forms part of the Early Years Pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard for the Children and Young People’s workforce.

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

English and Maths Level 2 (if not already achieved)

End point assessment by epaplus, this will comprise of two activities

  • knowledge test
  • portfolio-based professional discussion with an EPA external assessor
4. Apprenticeship exit requirement

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units.

5. Education Funding Agency-funded learners

Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* – C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

We have structured the units around three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Learners must achieve:

  • 23 mandatory units
  • Guided Learning 486 (hours)
  • Total Qualification Time 610 (hours)
6. How is this qualification structured?

In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment, we have structured the units around the following three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4: Professional development

Please see the Unit List for details about which units are grouped under each of the themes (please see attachment).

Learners must achieve:

  • 23 mandatory units
  • Credit value: 61
  • Total Guided Learning: 486 (hours)
  • Total Qualified Time: 610 (hours)

 

7. How is it assessed?

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment
8. How long does it take to complete?
  • 12-18 months practical period.
  • EPA 3 months(Additional to the above)
9. Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Achievement of this apprenticeship qualification will enable learners to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Team Leader, Advanced Childcare Practitioner or Management

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Key Facts
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This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.