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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Early Years

This course is ideal for those employed within the early year’s sector in a senior or supervisory capacity, or who have sole responsibility for children in their care, such as in pre-schools or playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, after school clubs and similar settings that implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Learners must gain a minimum of 64 credits to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. (Early Years Educator) These credits are achieved through:
• Developing effective study skills (4 Credits)
• Promote partnership working with parents (3 credits)
• Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children (3 credits)
• Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings (5 credits)
• Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector (2 credits)
• Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings (3 credits)
• Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting (4 credits)
• Promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting (4 credits)
• Promoting the health and safety of children (4 credits)
• Promote children’s speech, language and communication development (3 credits)
• Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting (2 credits)
• Support children’s creative and imaginative play and experiences (5 credits)
• Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector ( 2 credits)
• Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector (2 credits)
• Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector (7 credits)
• Child development from conception to 7 years 7 credits)
• Observation and assessment in the early years sector (4 credits) 

Entry Requirements

The Apprenticeship is open to those aged 16+ who are employed in a suitable role and hold GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C in English and Maths. Applicants who do not meet this criteria will be considered on an individual basis. You will also need to have the interest, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.

What do I need to bring?

Some courses may require additional course materials for further information please, contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.ukTeam on 01793 498208 or email Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk

Assessment/Exam information

The majority of assessment for this competence based qualification will take place in the workplace under real work conditions, using observations by a qualified assessor and or professional discussions, work products, witness testimony etc. All the identified assessment criteria must be evidenced and a holistic approach to assessment is encouraged.

Other information

• Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
• Functional Skills in English (Level 2)
• Functional Skills in Maths (Level 2)
• Functional Skills in ICT (Level 2)
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This course is based at North Star where you will receive expert tuition from well qualified and experienced staff. Also, a Training Coordinator will support you throughout your training, through regular work based review meetings.

As a member of Swindon College apprentices will be able to benefit from the range of services and facilities it has to offer, such as:
• Library and Learning Resource Centre
• Student Enrichment Centre
• The Restaurant
• Sports Therapy Clinic
• Osteopathy Clinic
• Little Stars Nursery
• Counselling
• Beauty Therapy Salon
• Hairdressing Salon

What can I do next?

Upon completion of the Level 3 Apprenticeship a student may wish to progress to a degree.

Qualification description

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. (Early Years Educator) (QCF).

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
34 weeks Variable Variable Associated fees will be discussed at the time of enquiry APPEAYL3
Variable start dates information

This course has variable start dates. Please contact us using one of the options below:

UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 18:30 - 20:30
Hours per week: 2.00
Study days: 1 DAY

Any extra costs

Some courses may require additional course materials for further information please, contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk

How to apply

Please note that there are several start dates possible during the year. If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email Apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk.