Children and Young Peoples Workforce (Early years educator) Level 3


Children and Young People's Workforce (Early Years Educator) apprenticeship Progress to Excellence Ltd

Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early years educator) Level 3

This qualification is designed for professionals looking to become Early Years Educators

This course aims to support individuals to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

The course will:

  • Provide a broad background understanding of the early learning workforce sector and an introduction to the practical skills and knowledge required
  • Allow you to learn, develop and practice selected skills required for progression in the sector
  • Provide an awareness of the range of jobs and work settings in the early learning sector
  • Enable learners to make an informed assessment of their own aptitude for work in this sector and to make informed decisions about careers
  • Encourages learners to reach a level of knowledge and skills that will facilitate progress into further vocational learning or to potential employment in the sector
  • Introduces learners to the discipline of the working environment and to encourage mature attitudes to the community in general
  • Encourages learners to value continued learning and remain in the learning process

Who can do this course?

Professionals looking to work with children from birth to 5 years of age and who would like to gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years can should study this course.

Course duration and attendance

This apprenticeship lasts for 18 months. Over the length of your course, you will receive face to face visits from your assessor at your workplace. You will also receive contact via telephone, email and Skype (through our e-portfolio system, OneFile). To learn more about our e-portfolio system, visit Please contact us to discuss in more detail.
There will also be some self-study elements, however, your tutor will offer advice and guidance around this.

What you will study

Mandatory units include:

  • Support numeracy and literacy development in children
  • Understand and promote child development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and practitioners
  • Promote the Health and Safety of children
  • Partnership working with key person, colleagues and other professionals
  • Be able to support organisational processes and procedures for recording, storing and sharing information
  • Promote the health and well-being of children
  • Promote learning and development in the early years
  • Promote diversity, equality and inclusion within the early years’ sector
  • Engage in personal development in an early years setting
  • Context and principles for early years’ provision
  • Lead and manage a community based early years setting
  • Promote the well being and resilience of children and young people.

There are a wide range of optional units for these courses which you can view on the Skillsfirst website.

Functional Skills

This is a mandatory part of the course unless you already hold relevant Functional Skills/Key Skills qualifications or GCSE English and maths. Certificates must be provided for exemption from this part of the course. You will be asked to complete an initial assessment at induction to help us support you with this. You will then be assigned an assessor in this area to fully support you throughout this part of your course. You will be required to sit short examinations to complete Functional Skills.

Course costs

The cost of this course is £2,500 for levy paying employers, or £150 for co-investment employers. This apprenticeship is also offered as a standalone diploma on a commercial basis, and can also be funded via a student funded loan.

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Progress to Excellence Ltd will be exiting the apprenticeship market, with immediate effect. We will also stop offering funding for courses via Advanced Learner Loans.

All employers and learners are being notified of this situation, and where necessary, they will be supported by ourselves and the ESFA to find suitable alternative training to support their professional development.