Level 3 Early Years Educator Standard

Level 3 Early Years Educator

About the course:

Relevant for Early Years practitioners who are looking to further develop their knowledge, understanding and practice, and gain a recognised L3 qualification whilst working with children aged 0-5yrs.


Relevant settings include:

● Private and public settings
● Full day care
● Children’s centres
● Pre-schools
● Reception classes
● Playgroups
● Nursery schools

early years educators

Through this Apprenticeship, the Early Years Educator can gain

The fully recognised Cache L3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator.
The opportunity to develop and work towards a level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English, if this or the equivalent has not been achieved.
Face to face delivery in organizational setting for a professional enviorment.
Flexible online sessions via easy-to-use video-conferencing software .
Recognition of possessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set in the L3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard.
A fully recognised L3 Paediatric First Aid qualification.

Benefits to the Setting will include


A fully qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator.

Practitioning Individual

A Practitioner able to understand the importance of the Early Years Educator role, and to improve their practice further.

Practical Experience

An Early Year’s Educator showing the appropriate of practice assessed against nationally-recognised standards.

First Aid

A fully qualified L3 Paediatric First Aid member of staff.

What value do we add at ELA?

personal tutor early years

Personal Tutor to deliver and guide throughout the programme.

Access to additional online short courses covering a range of relevant and current topics, for example ‘Safeguarding L3’, ‘Prevent’ and ‘Managing Positive Behaviour’.

remote workshops
Additional opportunities to engage in remote group workshops with other practitioners.

Delivery & Assessment

Typical Course Duration

Typical Duration 18-21 months

Monthly Workshops

Monthly 1-1 or group workshop delivery (virtual or face-to-face), and online resources to support further learning


E-portfolio access to track progress, upload work and communicate with your Tutor

Assignment and Discussion

Written assignments, observations, reflective accounts and professional discussions

Professional Portfolio

Portfolio of evidence to support a professional discussion and a multiple-choice end assessment

Specialist Skills Tutor

Additional support from a specialist Functional Skills Tutor (where applicable)


Working in Partnership

Safeguarding- keeping children safe

Continuing Professional Development

Use legislation relating to health and safety of children

Understand the value of play

Promote children’s emotional well being

Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Promote enabling play environments

Support physical care routines for children

Promote children’s physical development

Develop children’s cognitive skills

Plan, lead and develop play opportunities to support children’s learning and development

Support the healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition

Support children with additional needs

Develop children’s emerging literacy skills

Develop children’s emerging maths skills

Promote children’s speech, language and communication

Promote healthy lifestyles through exercise

Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development

Support children’s transition to school

Equality and Diversity

Understand how to support children who are unwell

Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children