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Early years educator apprenticeship

This programme is designed to create outstanding early years educators. It's the ideal programme for those who are working with young children during their early years development. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to raise the quality of care and support in their settings.

Course overview

At a glance

Level

3

Duration

14 months

Location

Workplace

About the course

You will gain the essential skills so that you can make a positive difference to the lives of children. We will develop your knowledge of early years so that you are able to support individuals in their early stages of development and through their first steps for a future successful life in developing key skills. The programme focuses on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the fundamental principles.

During the apprenticeship, you’ll receive frequent teaching sessions as well as being able to join remote webinars, complete the paediatric first aid course and independent tasks.

Your trainer will meet with you every month for a teaching and learning session and be on hand at all times so that you get the very best support when you need it.

All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check with their employer as part of our safe recruitment process.

Is this course right for you?

Typically apprentices who complete the early years educator programme and go on to gain additional experience, will be well placed to become the manager of an early years setting.

Our flexible and blended approach to training means that activities can be scheduled around needs. All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars which can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.

Throughout the programme we will meet with you to ensure you understand your programme, to report on your development and progress as well as making sure your programme requirements are being met.

My apprenticeship has been pivotal in developing my knowledge of early years. Realise’s course was exceptional.

Natalie Cunningham, Mommabears Day Nursery Apprentice

Thanks to the support I received from Realise, I now truly believe my disability is not an inability.

Fudia Bachett, MerryKidz Childcare

Saief Ahmed reading to children

If you enjoy practical learning then an apprenticeship is for you. It gives you so many opportunities to enhance your career.

Saief Ahmed, Rainbows Day Nursery

Ollie Family first

Family First would recommend Realise as they understand the needs of a growing organisation and tailor the approach accordingly.

Ollie Humphries, CEO of Family First Day Nurseries

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop a range of essential skills and behaviours that employers want and value in the sector so that you’re skilled and able to make a positive difference to the lives of children.

Key learning topics covered during the apprenticeship include:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • Theories and approaches on how children learn and develop
  • Legal requirements including Health & Safety

As part of the apprenticeship you’ll also complete the:

  • TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator, RQF).
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid Course or Emergency First Aid course

Need more information?

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How you’ll learn

Our sector expert staff will support you to achieve the apprenticeship.

We have highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers with significant experience of working in the industry who will be able to support you in your journey.

We deliver the programme throughout the year providing you with the flexibility to start the apprenticeship when it meets your needs. All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars so you have the best experience possible with sector experts.

Our delivery model includes:

  • 1-2-1 sessions with your tutor
  • Professional webinars with the likes of Anna Ephgrave, Kym Scott, The Curiousity Approach and Laura Henry-Allain
  • Remote support
  • Independent learning
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance
  • Specialist English/maths support (if needed)
  • Impartial Information, Advice & Guidance
  • End point assessment preparation and support, including Gateway Readiness Check and mock tests

Our experts

The people that make it happen

Shelley

Trainer assessor

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Shelley

Trainer assessor

I am a qualified trainer assessor for childcare. My experience is within early years settings, where I was a nursery manager, room leader and deputy. My experience, gained in the last 25 years, has given me the passion and commitment to give something back and be that trainer for my specialist subjects.

I have come a long way in my current role, my confidence has grown with Realise, I am delivering many webinars across the early years educator and teaching assistant standards. I always look forward to seeing my learners going into gateway and achieving their apprenticeships which makes me feel like a very proud trainer when they do.

Rebecca

Trainer assessor

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Rebecca

Trainee trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor for the north west childcare team. I started out as a level 3 apprentice in a private day nursery in 2013 and gradually worked my way up to a senior practitioner. I went on to get my foundation degree in early years and then my BA Hons in childhood studies. Once I had received my degree I wanted to use it, along with my experience to help others begin their journey’s in the childcare sector.

Nola

Trainer assessor

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Nola

Trainer assessor

I am a Childcare Trainer with over 22 years experience in Childcare. I have had varied roles and experience including; working in a school, private day nursery, special educational needs support and Children’s & Young People’s Services before becoming an Assessor. I have been assessing for 12 years, I specialise as a Safeguarding Deputy.

Nicola

Trainer assessor

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Nicola

Trainer assessor

I’m a qualified childcare trainer who has 10 years’ experience within the industry. I have a degree in childhood studies and I spent three years prior to that working in a nursery working my way up from nursery nurse to deputy manager before making the leap into education – where I’ve never looked back. I love supporting others to achieve their goals within childcare.

Lindsey

Curriculum lead

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Lindsey

Trainer assessor

I am a passionate and motivated trainer who loves to help others become the best that they can be! I am a qualified teacher and have worked in all aspects of the childcare sector from being a nanny to nursery settings. I love developing curriculum and supporting learning as part of my job role!

Mandy

Trainer assessor

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Mandy

Trainer assessor

I am into my 13th year as a Trainer Assessor, i have experience of managing 2 private day nurseries and have a lot f passion for childcare. I want to be able to share that passion with apprentices and help to teach and guide them into being .competent practitioners. I am also a qualified Paediatric First Aid trainer and deliver this alongside the standard qualifications.

Claire

Trainer assessor

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Claire

Trainer assessor

I did my NVQ level 3 in childcare, then worked my way up to a management role, I then trained as an assessor and I have been assessing in childcare for 11 years now, I absolutely love the role!

Jane

Trainer assessor

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Jane

Trainer assessor

I have worked within early years for the last 20 years. This has included working in nurseries, pre-schools, schools and as a child-minder. I have been a trainer for the last five years and absolutely love working with apprentices to help them achieve their goals. I am currently studying a degree in childhood and youth studies.

Kim

Trainer assessor

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Kim

Trainer assessor

I have worked in childcare for the last 15 years. Six years as a practitioner in nurseries and pre schools and four years as a deputy manager. I wanted to challenge myself and do something a little bit different but still in childcare and decided to train to be an assessor which I have been now for the last five years. I am passionate about early years and love seeing new practitioners blossom into educators and work their way up the career ladder in their settings.

Leah

Trainer assessor

Kerry

Trainer assessor

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Kerry

Trainer assessor

I am a trainer assessor within Realise. I have 14 years of practical experience in early years, this has come from being a childminder in my own home, working within a nursery as a practitioner, offering 1:1 SEN support before progressing to a Nursery Manager, and then deciding to move to the education side of childcare. I hold a level 3 childcare qualification, Early Years Foundation Degree in Early Years and a BA Hons in Childhood Studies. I am very passionate about childcare and proud that I part of upskilling the sector

Stephanie

Trainer assessor

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Stephanie

Trainer assessor

I have been teaching and assessing for 12 years. Before this I worked as an early years practitioner and deputy manager in day nurseries with children under 5. I am very passionate about innovative ways of improving the childcare industry and ensuring children get the best start in life and encourage my learners to think about this whilst completing their qualifications

Tracey

Trainer assessor

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Tracey

Trainer assessor

I have been a qualified childcare trainer assessor for 15 years, prior to this I gained 10 years’ experience as a practitioner as well as management in early years. I have a degree in education as well as quality assurance qualifications and more recently qualified to deliver first aid.

Frequently asked questions

What is a level 3 early years qualification?
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The level 3 early years qualification is an apprenticeship programme designed to create outstanding early years educators. It’s the ideal programme for those working with young children during their early years development.

What jobs can I do with a level 3 in early years?
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With a level 3 in early years, you could be an early years educator, nursery practitioner or childminder. But most importantly, you’ll be a highly trained individual in your setting who plays a role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You could work in a full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes or a childminders.

How long does a level 3 early years course take?
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Typically, this level 3 early years course will take 14 months to complete.

How do I qualify for level 3 early years?
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Typically, a level 3 early years apprentice will already be qualified at level 2, have an element of responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of children and working in roles such as an early years educator, childminder or nursery nurse.

How do you work in a nursery without a degree?
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To work in a nursery, you do not require a degree. You can become an apprentice without a degree. In fact, many people prefer the apprenticeship route to university as it offers the chance to learn on the job and earn a wage.

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