Early Years Educator

Level 3 Apprenticeship


This engaging Level 3 apprenticeship develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work in a childcare setting. Apprentices will also learn valuable techniques and methods to support them in taking responsibility for leading childcare provision.

Who is it suitable for:

  • Nursery Worker/Supervisors
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Nursery Teaching Assistants
  • Early Years Workers/Assistants
  • Nursery Practitioners
  • Classroom Assistants

Key information

Qualification level: 3

Duration: 18 months

Qualifications achieved: Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Functional skills: Level 2 in maths and English, unless certificates that match the exemption criteria (e.g. GCSE Grade 4-9, A-C or equivalent) can be shown

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Whilst no previous qualifications are needed, apprenticeships are funded through the Government and as such have eligibility requirements to enable funding to be accessed. You must have support from your employer.

Apprentices must:

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Hold a permanent contract of employment prior to starting their apprenticeship.
  • Not be in any other form of education or study.
  • Have been resident in the EEA (European Economic Area) for the past 3 years and have proof of this.
  • Have a National Insurance number.


This 18-month apprenticeship costs £6,000 and can be funded through your employer either via the Apprenticeship Levy Fund or a 5% contribution.

More details on the Apprenticeship Levy Fund can be found on the Government website here.

Further information:

Apprentices are assigned a qualified and dedicated Trainer Assessor (and Functional Skills Tutor if required) to provide them with the help and support needed. The apprenticeship is delivered via a blended learning approach of on and off the job training to ensure you can develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for your role and to support your learning style. This includes:

  • Regular training days and one to one support sessions at our Academy in Newport Pagnell.
  • Observations and discussions with a dedicated Trainer Assessor/mentor to evidence skills within your nursery.
  • Witness statements from colleagues to evidence behaviours.
  • Support with assignment writing to evidence knowledge.
  • One to one functional skills support, if applicable.

As an apprentice your will also be eligible to apply for a TOTUM student discount card.


An overview of what you will study…

Month 1

Induction to the course

Month 2

Health & safety and physical care needs

Month 3

Supporting healthy lifestyles through nutrition and exercise

Month 4

Safeguarding and equality, diversity and inclusion

Month 5

The value of play and enabling environments

Month 6

Observation, planning and partnership working

Month 7

Wellbeing and supporting children who are unwell

Month 8

Personal, social, emotional and physical development

Month 9

Promoting speech, language and communication and developing cognitive skills

Month 10

Professional development

Month 11

Literacy and maths development

Month 12

Transition and children with additional needs

Months 13&14

Getting ready for End Point Assessment

Month 15

Enter Gateway for End Point Assessment

Months 16&17

End Point Assessment

Month 18


Bud: Online Platform

The training plan and communication related to the apprenticeship are managed through an online platform called “Bud.” This platform serves as a central hub for all apprenticeship-related activities.

Ease of Use: Bud is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. This is crucial for both apprentices and employers to ensure that they can access and utilise the platform effectively.

Login Access for Employers: Your employer will be provided with login access to Bud. This feature allows them to monitor and keep track of your progress in real-time. Employers can view your completed tasks, achievements, and any issues or challenges you may be facing.

Progress Tracking: The platform includes features for tracking and documenting your progress. This involves the submission of completed work, assessments, and feedback from supervisors, mentors and the Trainer Assessor. The progress tracking helps in evaluating your development and ensuring that you are meeting the objectives set out in the training plan.

Overall, this approach combines modern technology with a structured training plan to enhance the effectiveness of apprenticeship programmes, making it easier for apprentices and employers to collaborate and monitor progress throughout the apprenticeship journey.

Contact us

Please check that your employer is happy for you to start an apprenticeship and then contact us below. When you submit your contact form with your employer’s details, an employer declaration will automatically be sent across for them to complete.

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