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Early Years Educator

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Course Level

Level 3

Course Duration

18 months



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Whats involved.

Course Overview

Our Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to work in a range of settings; planning and supervising child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play, helping ensure each child feels safe and secure, observing each child and shaping their learning experience to reflect their observations, meeting the care needs of individual children such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine, and working in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child.

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Whats involved.

What will you learn?

Module 1

Health & Safety

Know the legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, security, confidentiality of information, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Module 2


Know a range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop, and their influence on practice.

Module 3


Provide learning experiences, environments and opportunities appropriate to the age, stage and needs of individual and groups of children.

Module 4

Assessing & Observing

Know how to assess within the current early education curriculum framework using a range of assessment techniques such as practitioners observing children through their day to day interactions and observations shared by parents and/or carers

Module 5

Review Child Development

Ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.

Module 6

Personal, Social & Emotional

Model and promote positive behaviours expected of children such as turn taking and keep reactions and emotions proportionate.

Module 7

Additional Needs

Identify the needs, interests and stages of development of individual children.

Module 8


Know systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading, and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics.

Module 9

Healthy Lifestyles

Promote healthy lifestyles for example; by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy and balanced meals, snacks and drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned and spontaneous activity through the day.

Module 10

Professional Development

Engage in continuing professional development and reflective practice to improve own skills, practice, and subject knowledge.

Module 11

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Know the importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances.

Module 12

Promote Enabling Environments

Know the potential effects of, and how to prepare and support children through, transitions and significant events in their lives.


Where next?

Progression opportunities

All of the courses we offer at GBS Apprenticeships are aimed to help progress your continuous professional development.

This qualification will prepare you for employment as an Early Years Educator. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you may consider higher apprenticeships or additional professional qualifications and training.

What now?

Can I apply for this course?

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or higher.

Some of the requirements may be:

  • Typically have five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or higher.
  • Have been a resident in the UK/ Level 5 EEA/EU for the last 3 years.
  • Have Level 2 English and Maths or equivalent.
  • Be able to meet the programme modules through their job role.


How apprenticeships work for Employers?

From the outset, we communicate with you to find out exactly what your organizational requirements are, then find the best fit for the business and an individual who will bring value to the role instantly.


We want to engage with you

We will meet you in the first instance to find out exactly what your business needs from an apprentice, whilst ensuring that you have all the information you need from the outset.


Free recruitment

We will source high quality candidates that not only meet your organizational needs, but have the best personality fit and abilities to contribute to your office dynamics.


Ongoing support

Not only will we induct the apprentice, but we will offer ongoing support to both your business and the learner. We hold regular one-to-one sessions with our apprentices to ensure they are on the right track.


Delivery is important

We are versatile in our approach to teaching as we know every business has different needs, so we offer both academy-style support on a weekly basis, as well as distance-learning in the form of webinars.

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