About the course:

This qualification equips learners with the experience and skills needed to develop a career in childcare in an array of settings. This Advanced Apprenticeship Programme trains students to become Early Years Educators, hence, allowing them to work with children from birth to age 5 as well as obtaining knowledge and understanding children aged 5 – 7 years. Areas covered in the modules include: Understanding Children’s Early Years Education and Development; Plan and Provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years Settings. 

Course Structure:

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma students must obtain a minimum of 67 QCF credits

Course Content: 

  1. Understand Children’s Early Years Education and Development 
  2. Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage 
  3. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings
  4. Plan and Provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years Settings 
  5. Make Accurate and Productive Use of Assessment in Early Years Settings 
  6. Develop Effective and Informed Professional Practice in Early Years Settings
  7. Promote the Health, Safety and Well-being of Children in Early Years Settings 
  8. Child Protection and Safeguarding, Partnership Working in Early Years.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to complete the qualification, students must have a GCSE grade C and above in Maths and English. Students will be required to take Initial Assessments prior to their place on the course being confirmed. 

Do You Need To Be Working To Take The Qualification?

Yes, in order to take the qualification, the student will need to either be working, volunteering or on practical placements to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills

Assessment Method:

The assessor will come to the workplace of the students where they will be observed by the assessor who will also assist in portfolio building and observations


 Level 3 Diploma in Children & Young People’s Workforce Advanced Apprenticeship

Course Mode: Part time

Start Date: Flexible

Progression route?

Through achieving this qualification You will be able to progress into employment working with children from 0 to 5 years in roles such as Early Years Educator, nursery nurse, child minder, preschool assistant. Learners could also progress to further study or training such as: 

  1. IAO Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF)


Course Duration: 12 – 15 months

What are the training costs?

The Current legislation regarding apprenticeships states that those undergoing an apprenticeship programme must be employed. Hence, apprentices must be paid the minimum statutory pay for apprentices and contractually employed on a full-time basis. The employers are responsible for these fees. 

If you would like more information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy, 

Please read the following information:

  1. Apprenticeship Levy
  2. Apprenticeships Reforms
  3. Key Points

The new Apprenticeship Reforms actualise from April 2017 with an innovative funding system beginning on 01 May 2017.
The following information establishes the key points that we currently know:

  1. Pay bill over £3m p.a. = Employer Levy @ 0.5% of total pay bill for UK-based staff
  2. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. = Employer Co-Investor @ 10% (Government pays 90%)
  3. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. and less than 50 employees = Employer Waiver @ 100% Government funded for 16-18 year old apprentices and employer 10% co investment for 19 plus
  4. A supplementary £1000 incentive for all employers and providers for taking on a 16-18 year old Apprentice and / or 19-24 year old previously in care or with an Education and Health Care plan



Are there any additional costs?

There may be additional fees to cover for the cost of textbooks needed for the course.