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Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Subject Area

Early Years

Student Type

Students aged 16-18 | Adults

Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

This qualification 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 learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators with a licence to practice or access Higher Education.

Why should I choose the course?

As an Early Years Educator you will:

  • Plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child

  • Support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play

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

  • Observe each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations

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

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

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

What will I learn?

During your 18-month long apprenticeship, you will attend college one day every four weeks, with the other days spent with your employer. The topics covered during your apprenticeship will give you the essential knowledge to support your practical work and will include: supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition, promoting children's emotional well-being, safeguarding, health & safety, and speech, language and communication.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

During your apprenticeship you will attend college one day every four weeks, with the other five days spent with your employer. As an apprentice you will be allocated a tutor and an assessor, who will come out to visit you onsite.

What will the course lead on to?

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 support is available?

You will be allocated a designated tutor to guide you through your apprenticeship. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington & Vale Royal College has a long history of delivering bespoke, high-quality apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors. We take pride in our apprentices and ensure they leave us with the skills they need to forge a career in their chosen industry. We work with all manner of employers to ensure all parties’ interests are met throughout the apprenticeship journey. We also have a dedicated apprenticeship matching service which matches your skills to a suitable apprenticeship employer.

What are the entry requirements?

Ideally you will have GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above. It would be beneficial if you have completed a level 2 qualification, but this is not essential.

You must hold at least one level 2 functional skills qualification in English or maths and must achieve the other as part of your apprenticeship. An initial assessment will be required to assess your level and individual needs.

You must be working in a job role that will allow you to demonstrate competencies in the workplace.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You may wish to purchase related text books. There may be a charge for you to undertake a First Aid qualification which costs approx. £30.

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21 Months
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Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
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16-18 Fee
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Starts Aug 2024

21 Months
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
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16-18 Fee
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