Apprenticeship Standards Early Years Educator (L3)

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As an Early Years Educator, or similar role such as nursery nurse or childminder, you will work as a highly trained professional, who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You will be working in a range of settings, including full day-care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders, either on your 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 five years old.

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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
  • Take key-person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observe each child and shape 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

Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Please refer to the DfE list of approved EYE qualifications

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.

Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.


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