Team Leader Supervisor

Level 3 Apprenticeship


This interactive Level 3 apprenticeship will prepare aspiring leaders with a full range of skills to effectively manage people and develop relationships, deliver results and manage themselves. You will also learn valuable techniques and methods to improve performance and will undertake training to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in a number of areas that are considered essential aspects of leadership.

Who is it suitable for:

  • Front Line Managers
  • Junior Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Shift Managers
  • Project Officers
  • Team Leaders

Key information

Qualification level: 3

Duration: 15 months

Qualifications achieved: Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard

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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Apprentices should already be a Level 3 Qualified Practitioner who are already working in an Early Years setting. Additionally, they should be aspiring to lead a team or already work in a team leading role. Apprenticeships are funded through the Government and as such have eligibility requirements to enable funding to be accessed. 

Apprentices must:

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • 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.
  • Hold a permanent contract of employment prior to starting your apprenticeship 


This 15-month apprenticeship costs £4,500 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


Month 2

Effective communication

Month 3

Leading people and pedagogy

Month 4

Managing performance

Month 5

Building a high performing team

Month 6

Organisation governance and strategy

Month 7

Problem solving and decision making

Month 8

Project and financial management

Month 9

Continuous improvement and self-awareness

Month 10

Operational management

Month 11

Leading change in your nursery

Month 12

Getting ready for End Point Assessment

Months 13&14

End Point Assessment

Month 15


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.

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