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Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

This qualification provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.

Achievement of this qualification will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, Managing a Home Childcare business. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years. This in turn will support the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (Graduate level).

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Course content

You will study the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) (QCF) which includes topics such as:

  • Understand Children’s Early Years Education and Development
  • Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Plan and Provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years Settings
  • Understanding How to Promote Play and Learning in the Early Years
  • Accurate use of assessment in the Early Years
  • Partnership working in the Early Years Foundation Stage

You will also study:

  • Employer rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills

From the 1st August 2015 any persons signing onto the EYE qualification has to have already gained the GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at Grade A-C. To confirm, any learners with grade C or above will be exempt from doing the GCSE’s again.

If you do not have these qualifications please contact us to enrol on a GCSE programme which has very high success rates for adults who return to education.

Entry requirements

From the 1st August 2015 any persons signing onto the EYE qualification will be required to hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at Grade A-C.  To confirm, any learners with grade C or above will be exempt from doing the GCSE’s again.

Level 3 determines that the apprentice 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.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in. Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.


Suitable candidates will be expected to attend group sessions or be supported on a 1:1 basis and take part in work based assessments. Candidates will demonstrate proof of competence through their own work whilst on the programme. Methods of assessment used by the assessors are assignments, case studies, observations, witness testimonies, reflective accounts and some work products.

The candidate will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment and verification will be undertaken by the college. This will be carried out by qualified lecturers, assessors and internal verifiers. 

Functional skills ICT will require 1 exam.  However, proxies are accepted if you hold a GCSE or equivalent for this element.  This can be discussed at the interview stage.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

Job roles include: Nursery Worker/Supervisor often working in a supervisory role (but not necessarily) within a nursery/early learning and childcare setting, providing care for young children.  Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant Delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage within a reception class or nursery in a maintained school setting. Job roles may also include managing a home childcare business as a child minder or as a nanny.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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