Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard

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Specification

The Early Years Educator is for learners who work in, or want to work in an Early Years Settings. This qualification will equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years old. It will enable learners to achieve Early Years Educator status. It gives learners the opportunity to: – demonstrate competence as an Early Years Educator, Child minder or Nursery Nurse – develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in early years education – achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification – develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning

Entry Requirements

The learner should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others. The apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

Learners studying this course must have achieved a Grade C or above in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics or be studying towards achieving an equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualification prior to completion of this Level 3 qualification.

The Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is for people who work in, or want to work with children in Early Years settings in England only. It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate competence as an Early Years Educator, Child minder or Nursery Nurse
  • develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in early years education
  • have existing skills recognised
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning

Method of Assessment

Qualifications are delivered in the workplace. You will be allocated a personal Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator and will be given access to our on-line study area where you will find all your learning materials. Your Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator will provide you with personal tutorial support and assessment at pre-arranged times. Assessment is through a variety of methods including observations in the workplace, witness testimonies, product evidence, professional discussions, assignments and project/case studies. All evidence will be logged to your electronic portfolio of evidence.

Progression Routes

Achievement of this qualification will enable learners to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, etc.  There is also opportunity to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Team Leading and Management. Learners can also progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s Services which contains six pathways including ‘Children’s Residential Management’, ‘Children’s Management’ and ‘Children’s Advanced Practice’.