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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: CACHE
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 18 months
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. In this job role, you would work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. You may either be working on your own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

What you'll learn

On this course, you will learn about:

  • the expected patterns of children’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7
  • the significance of attachment and how to promote it effectively
  • a range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop, and their influence on practice
  • how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances such as moving school, birth of a sibling, family breakdown and adoption and care
  • the importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances
  • the importance to children’s holistic development of: – speech, language and communication – personal, social and emotional development – physical development
  • systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading, and a range of strategies for developing early literacy and mathematics
  • the potential effects of, and how to prepare and support children through, transitions and significant events in their lives
  • the current early education curriculum requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • when a child is in need of additional support such as where a child’s progress is less than expected. 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
  • why health and well-being is important for babies and children
  • how to respond to accidents, injuries and emergency situations
  • safeguarding policies and procedures.
Entry requirements

Applicants must have GCSE grade C minimum in English and maths.


Apprentices must successfully complete the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) to meet the EYFS requirements.

What's next?

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.