Early Years Educator Course  Level 3

Embark on a Rewarding Career in Early Years Education with Our Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeship – Your Path to Excellence Starts Here at Eden Training Solutions!

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Early Years Educator Level 3
About the course and who is it for?

The Early Years Educator supports and promotes children’s early education and development. They plan and provide effective care, developing highly effective teaching & learning practices that enables children to progress and prepares them for school.

They also make accurate and productive use of assessments while providing opportunities and learning experiences for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Early Years Educators follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by government for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 in both indoor and outdoor environments.


Ideal Candidates

This level 3 childcare qualification is perfect for current Early Years Practitioners who are looking to step up to a more involved role. It is ideally suited for individuals who are committed to fostering an environment that promotes healthy and safe development, supporting children’s curiosity and confidence across diverse backgrounds and needs.

The program is tailored for those working in settings that require a deep engagement with both the children and their families, ensuring personalised developmental support.

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About Our Course:

Apprenticeship Standard

The Early Years Educator (L3) aims to provide apprentices with the enhanced knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It supports practitioners to work in partnership with parents and/or carers to meet the individual need of each child.

The Early Years Educator (L3) focuses on the following key EYFS themes:

Details & Learning:

Apprenticeship Details:

calendar icon  Duration: 16 Months 
coin icon Value: £7000 (Employer Contribution = £350)

Learning & Assessments:

As part of the Level 3 Early Years Educator course, you will learn the expected patterns of children’s development from 0-5 years and gain an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7. You’ll explore the significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively, as well as the underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop. You will also learn how to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in Early Years Educator jobs.

This Level 3 Childcare Course covers systematic synthetic phonics in teaching reading, a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics, and how to support children through transitions and significant events in their lives. You will also gain an understanding of the current early education curriculum requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage and additional support for children whose progress is less than expected.

Throughout the Early Years courses, you will develop key attitudes and behaviours such as care and compassion, teamwork, honesty, trust, integrity, commitment, and working in a non-discriminatory way. You will also learn how to ensure your working practices take into account fundamental British values.

The end-point assessment will be completed by an independent end-point assessor from an EPA Organization. Our Eden assessors are located throughout the country.

This assessment includes a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence and a knowledge test with multiple-choice questions and scenarios.

Completing the Level 3 apprenticeship opens doors for significant career advancement within the early years sector. Apprentices are prepared to take on senior roles such as lead practitioners or managers within early childhood education settings. This progression not only amplifies their professional standing but also boosts their potential to impact positively on the lives of many children and their families.

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Intent, Implementation, & Impact

The Early Years Educator (L3) apprenticeship develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours of individuals who play a key role in ensuring the young children in their care learn and develop well. This apprenticeship supports practitioners to equip them with the skills that help to keep children healthy and safe at all times.

Practitioners develop their skills to create a learning environment where building relationships supports, enhances, and invites a child’s curiosity and confidence to flourish regardless of background, circumstances or needs.

The Early Years Educator (L3) is the logical next progressional step for an Early Years Practitioner to further enhance their knowledge, skills, and behaviours while at the same time advancing their own career opportunities and social mobility.

The Early Years Educator (L3) apprenticeship offers stretch and challenge in developing the relevant new skills that are truly valued by employers; this apprenticeship is enriched through the additional and complementary features which serve to enhance the overall learning experience, these include:

Skills Coaches

Vastly experienced and highly qualified in early years, the Skills Coach consults with the employer and apprentice to ensure achievement milestones and improvement targets are appropriate to the workplace and accelerate learning. The Skills Coach coordinates the apprentices’ planned off-the-job learning, their attendance at teaching sessions and learning/assessment activities, and preparation for end-point assessment (EPA), offering IAG & practical support.

The apprenticeship is coordinated and sequenced according to individual apprentice and employer needs. The Skills Coach will guide the apprentice through their apprenticeship, helping them to embed their newly acquired knowledge, skills & behaviours in their job.

A range of blended e-learning courses for apprentices’ including GDPR in Early Years, E-Safety Safeguarding, Children’s Mental Health, Child Development, Personal & Social Development, Food Allergy Awareness & Nutrition, Introduction to the EYFS, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.


Skills Teachers

Highly experienced experts in the field of early years, Skills Teachers deliver scheduled on-line masterclass teaching sessions to apprentices via Teams Class. Skills Teachers sessions are age group specific to the components of the apprenticeship qualification; apprentices form new peer to peer relationships, providing them with invaluable opportunities to share best practice, working alongside other apprentices from differing settings to learn new topics and as a group, share ideas and experiences from across the sector.


The first teaching session covers the promotion of health & safety and the wellbeing of children in early years settings. This is directly linked to the EYFS and apprenticeship standard.


Functional Skills Tutors

Supports the apprentice in developing their numeracy and literacy skills through a range of resources, and tools. These include BKSB which prepares the apprentice through to the achievement of their functional skills tests in English and maths.

The Functional Skills Tutor ensures barriers to learning are overcome, providing support for special educational needs and disabilities.


Skills Assessor

The Skills Assessor carries out face to face observations in the nursery setting whilst the apprentice carries out their day-to-day duties.

In-person observations are planned in advance by the Skills Coach and provide an opportunity for the apprentice to shine, demonstrating the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have acquired throughout the duration of their apprenticeship.

The Skills Coach liaises directly with the Skills Assessor to obtain feedback towards the apprentices’ overall their learning goals.


Eden’s qualification achievement rates currently stand at 74.9% for apprentices undertaking the Early Years Educator (L3), which is +21.7% higher than the national averages for the academic year 22/23..

90 percent

Of apprentices’ would recommend Eden Training Solutions to friends or family.

89 percent

Of employers employees are benefitting from attending the on-line teaching sessions.

Apprenticeship Timeline

Starting with your pre-enrolment application and initial assessment, we move on to your own personal learning plan, tailored to your specific situation. Please download our Early Years Educator Level 3 Course Timeline for a full view. 


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FAQ – Answering your Questions

At Eden Training Solutions, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality Early Years Educator training courses and expert advice to help you excel in your career.

We understand that you may have questions about the courses, childcare apprenticeships, qualifications, and the importance of early years education, which is why we have compiled this FAQ section to address your most pressing concerns.

If you need more information or would like to book a course, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through our contact form here. Now, let’s dive into the answers to your most important questions about early years education. We also have a blog post explaining everything you need to know about becoming an early years educator.

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A Level 3 Early Years Educator is a childcare professional who plays a key role in the care of children and their development. They work in a range of settings including full day care, pre-schools, reception classes, and as childminders. This childcare qualification equips individuals with the essential skills and knowledge to provide high-quality early years education, focusing on the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

A good early years practitioner should be passionate about working with children, patient, and able to communicate effectively with both children and parents. They should also have a good understanding of child development, be able to create engaging and stimulating learning environments, and be committed to providing high-quality care and support.

A Level 3 childcare qualification in the UK is a mandatory qualification for those who want to work in early years education. It covers essential aspects of child development, emotional development, and the care of children, preparing individuals to work effectively in various job roles such as nursery nurse and childminder.

Early years education is crucial because it lays the foundation for a child’s future learning and development. It focuses on the individual child and helps them develop essential skills like language, social interaction, and emotional intelligence. Early years education also promotes British values and ensures that children have a solid start in life, enabling them to reach their full potential.

An Early Years Educator qualification is a certification that proves an individual’s competence and knowledge in providing high-quality early years education. The qualification covers various aspects of childcare, including child protection, outcomes for children, childhood education, and the administration of medicine. This qualification is a minimum requirement for working in the early years sector in the UK.

The duration of an Early Years Educator course depends on the specific apprenticeship programme and the individual’s learning pace. At Eden Training Solutions, the Early Years Educator Level 3 course typically takes 16 months to complete. The course combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, ensuring that learners gain a well-rounded understanding of early years education and are prepared for their future job roles.

A Level 3 Early Years Educator Salary can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and the specific job role. In general, a newly qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator can expect to earn a starting salary of around £13,000 to £25,000 per year. With more experience, additional qualifications, or working in specialised roles, the salary can increase over time. Keep in mind that salaries can also be influenced by regional differences and the type of setting you work in, such as private nurseries, pre-schools, or reception classes in schools. If you’re in the market to hire an early years educator, then see our apprenticeships page here.

Impact and Benefits:


For the Employer

Choosing Eden as your training provider brings tailored curriculum, skilled coaches, and comprehensive solutions, leading to improved productivity, employee satisfaction, reduced turnover, and higher profit margins.


For the Employee

Eden’s high-quality training, knowledgeable coaches, and industry recognition provide the skills and confidence for increased productivity, career progression, and positive impact in the workplace.

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of learners said the apprenticeship has helped them to make a positive impact on their business

24% higher profit margins


Higher profit margins for employers hiring apprentices


Apprentices increase productivity by an average of £214 per week

improve staff retention with an early years apprentice


Of managers say that training and development improve staff retention 

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See our range of childcare courses below and be sure to get in touch if you have any questions.

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