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Early Years Educator Level 3


An early years educator has key person responsibility to help ensure children in their care feel safe and secure. An early years educator will:

  • Typically work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders.
  • Either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
  • Have the role of observing children’s development and shaping their learning experience through activities and teaching.


  • Achieve 4 essential childcare qualifications in 16 months.
  • Obtain your licence to practice and receive industry-leading qualifications.
  • Develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and behaviours that will advance your career in the early years sector.
  • Access our range of extracurricular CPD sessions to further your professional development:

Click here to find out more about our extracurricular CPD sessions.


The Early Years Educator Level 3 course provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to become a Level 3 certified childcare professional. Our course is expertly tailored to the job role of an early years educator and will teach you:

  • The skills required to ensure young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
  • How to support children to develop numeracy and language skills and meets the care needs of children, including feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine.
  • The fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to create a concrete platform for professional development within the childcare sector.

This course is also a progression route for learners who have completed the Early Years Practitioner Level 2 course.

Course duration:

16 months

Suitable for:

Early years educators, nursery nurses, childminders and nursery assistants.

Recommended EPAO:

NCFE CACHE, Skillsfirst and Qualsafe Awards


Up to £360 employer contribution inc. VAT or £6,000 apprenticeship levy

Note: apprenticeship courses are paid for by the employer and/or the UK government and learners are not required to contribute towards the course cost in any way.


The Early Years Educator Level 3 course is delivered over 16 months. At the end of month 14, we allow a three-month period for learners to prepare for and sit their End-Point Assessment.


All our tutors have an employment background in childcare and real-world exposure to the early years educator job role requirements. As a business, we invest heavily in CPD and our tutors receive regular training to ensure we are continually improving our service. Our tutors are all certified, DBS checked and quality checked to ensure you receive the very best training and support throughout the programme.


During the Early Years Educator Level 3 course, you will complete two additional qualifications as part of your on-programme learning:

The Skillsfirst Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Awarded by Skillsfirst, this diploma will prepare you to become an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years as a qualified and skilled practitioner. The level 3 diploma aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the early years workforce. Achieving this qualification confirms competence and will provide you with the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements to be able to work in the childcare sector. This diploma is assessed through a portfolio of evidence.

The Qualsafe Level 3 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk (RQF)

This award teaches you the knowledge and understanding to safeguard and protect children, young people and adults at risk of harm and abuse in the workplace, as well as how to recognise the signs and symptoms and respond to evidence or concerns that a vulnerable person has been abused. This award is assessed through a multiple-choice knowledge test.

The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

This qualification will teach practitioners a range of relevant topics including the role and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider, the assessment of an emergency situation, how to place a child in the recovery position, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the provision of first aid to children with external bleeding or a foreign body airway obstruction or to those suffering from burns and scalds, anaphylaxis or injuries to their bones. You will complete this award as part of your job role and will need to present your certificate to complete your apprenticeship.

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