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Early Years Educator - Level 3


Program Details

This training is ideal for learners looking to progress in their work with children between birth and 7 years. Typically you would plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities, area highly trained professional who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop.
You would typically work for a private nursery, childminders or early years/foundation stage setting in a school.

Is this right for me?

If you have completed the Early Years Level 2 apprenticeship, this course will further qualify you to work with children and give you an edge over other candidates who have only achieved Level 2. When completing your course, you will earn an apprenticeship wage (minimum of £6.40 an hour) and work for a minimum of 30 hours a week and we’ll help you find a suitable placement.

Entry Requirements

You should ideally hold the Level 2 EYP qualification prior to undertaking learning, but this is not essential if you have prior experience working in Early Years. You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade 4/C (or equivalent) in Maths and English by the end of this program. Therefore, if you do not already hold a grade 4/C in these subjects, you will be required to carry out a short Maths and English Assessment to see if we are able to offer you Functional Skills support to reach a Level 2 (grade C/4 equivalent). You must also complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid before you sit the End Point Assessment.

Training Delivery

You will enjoy a blended learning experience through live Tutor-led classroom sessions via Zoom, 2 days a month (every other week). This is supported by 1-2-1 visits from your tutor.

You will also complete online learning modules via our bespoke interactive learning technology platform OLLIE.

Course Content

This apprenticeship is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours (K.S.B) in order to successfully complete an EPA (End Point Assessment).

Here you will see a breakdown of the K.S.B the learner will be exposed to in this apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Details

The course content includes a range of topics which make up the variety of knowledge, skills and behaviours of what makes for a highly competent and professional Early Years Educator. By acquiring these elements you will graduate the apprenticeship a fully competent and well trained EYFS specialist.

Patterns of children’s development
Theories and philosophical approaches to learning
Importance of children’s holistic development
Current early education curriculum requirements
Legal requirements and guidance on health and safety safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Plan and lead activities and educational programmes
Provide learning experiences appropriate to the age
Encourage children’s participation in learning and play
Support and promote children’s speech and language
Support children’s group learning and socialisation
Maintain accurate and coherent records and reports

Work with care and compassion
Being team-focused
Show honesty, trust and integrity
Commitment to improving outcomes for children
Work in a non- discriminatory way

Why learn with us?

Once accepted on your chosen course, we will share your details with various employers who are seeking apprentice candidates within the local area. We have excellent connections with local employers and will help you find the best job for you!

System People were also voted “Best Training Provider” as voted by the Golden Apple Awards 2019, because of our dedication to our students, selection, training, and assessment of learners. You will be assigned a fantastic well experienced and approachable Tutor who will support you for the duration.

In 2021, we received our first – positive – Ofsted inspection report, which was a huge achievement given the strains of remote working and the pandemic.

Learner Journey

The Early Years Educator Apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete. The program includes “on-programme learning” followed by assessment for Gateway. You will be provided with a clear scheme of work which will set out the scheduled classroom and online sessions, 1-2-1 reviews, Tutor observations and mock End Point Assessments.


When you are ready for Gateway, there must be proof that you hold at a Level 2 in English & maths and have achieved the Level 3 in Paediatric 1st Aid. If you’ve been engaged in functional skills training, you must have completed training and achieved the correct grade before EPA can take place.

End Point Assessment

The EPA for EYE is made up of a 90 min professional discussion which is supported by a portfolio of evidence (containing 10 – 12 pieces of evidence) which you can use to evidence and support your responses to those questions.

In addition, there is also a knowledge test of 35 questions over 60 min period.

You will be awarded either a distinction, pass or fail following EPA. Should you fail one or more of the EPA methods you will be offered the opportunity to take a resit/retake.

Current Early Years Educator - Level 3 Vacancies

Added 2 weeks ago

Early Years Educator

Warrington, Cheshire

6.40 an hour

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the successful team at St Margaret’s CofE Primary School as an apprentice Early Years Educator. You will be…

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