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Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator pathway) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Brooklands College

Course description

An Advanced Apprenticeship in The Early Years Workforce gives people an opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of their development.

The Advanced Apprenticeship will help to build on the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 5 years.

This apprenticeship is aimed at those who work on their own initiative and planning, or for people who supervise others. Your duties will include making sure that the children are well looked after, kept active and nourished. Your role will also require you to help children to develop social and practical skills. Your exact duties will depend on your employer.

You will need to work in a childcare environment, typically working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time).

Apprentices will need to have a contract of employment (if working less than 30 hours per week, apprentices must work a minimum of 16 hours per week, and the overall apprenticeship length will be extended pro-rata).

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional skills level 2 in ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development, observation and assessment
  • Paediatric first aid qualification

Entry requirements

You must have a Grade C or above GCSE in Maths and English Language before starting the course.

You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the Childcare sector.

All applicants that are interested in applying for apprenticeship training will
be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments. All
successful candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check through
their employer.


An assessor will assess you in your work place environment providing ongoing support to compile your portfolio of evidence which will also include written assignments. You will also attend college at either at the Weybridge or Ashford campus one evening a week for 28 weeks. 

You will have to complete Functional Skills level 2 in ICT which will be assessed through external examinations.


Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 - 18 years.

Future opportunities

The advanced apprenticeship will enable you to progress to higher level jobs within the sector. These roles include, Nursery supervisor, Nursery Manager, preschool manager.

This qualification will also provide you with an opportunity to progress to higher education to study the foundation degree in Early Years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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