Level 3

Early Years Educator


18 months


Rush Green Campus




Adult 19+



On this programme you'll learn how to play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Early Years Educators work in a range of settings including full-day care, children's centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the requirements set by government for the learning, development and care of children up to the ages of 5 years.

The programme is focused around four key themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

A day a week is spent in college - the remainder of the time you will be putting your learning into practice in your workplace.

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme.

You'll just need to show a good basic level of English, Maths and ICT at an initial assessment.

If you haven't got GCSEs in English & Maths - or equivalent Level 2 qualifications - you'll also need to study Functional Skills alongisde your apprenticeship.

Complete this programme and you'll be ready for progression within the educational sector.

Career pathways include becoming a practitioner in day nurseries, nursery schools or primary school reception classes - or working in pre-schools or as a home-based child carer.

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Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.