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Early Years Educator (ST0135) Level 3 Apprenticeship

Childcare at The Bedford College Group


Early Years Educator (ST0135) Level 3 Apprenticeship

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Course information

When can apprenticeship training start?

Three intakes pre-year:

September/ January/ April

Course content

The apprenticeship covers a range of Skills Knowledge and Behaviours. Whilst studying you will be supported throughout the programme to develop:

  • First aid.
  • How to plan and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child.
  • How to support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play.
  • Key person responsibilities to help ensure each child feels safe and secure.
  • Observation skills to support each child and shape their learning experience.
  • How to meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine.
  • How to work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child.
Entry requirements


Maths Grade 9-4 and English Grade 9-4

What training is required in the workplace?
  • 20% off the job
  • Mentor
  • Safeguarding
  • Professional Development
Further study and career options

Course progression:

Level 4 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship, or progress onto a Foundation degree in Early Years.

Career progression:

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private

Sectors such as:

  • Assistant in Children’s Centres
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
  • Bedford College
  • Central Bedfordshire College
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Next Steps

How to apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747.

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Available Courses
Type: Apprenticeships
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Type: Apprenticeships
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.