Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard

Children and Young People Course

Course: Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard

Duration: 18 - 21 Months

Funding: Apprenticeship Funding

  • Course Outline

    The apprentice will undergo an 18-month apprenticeship training programme at Level 3 (plus an extra 3 months for the gateway) during which they will be supported with on and off the job training to assist their development.


    On Programme Training
    The period of learning, development and continuous assessment is managed by the employer with the support of a GHQ on programme assessor. GHQ will work closely with the employer to plan and deliver support and training appropriately to ensure the requirements of the apprenticeship standard are met. The Cache L3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will be completed as part of the on-programme training.

    Assessment Gateway
    The end-point assessment takes place at the end of the apprenticeship, after a minimum of 12 months on programme learning. The employer and on programme assessor will formally review and sign to confirm that the apprentice has met the minimum requirements within the standard and are ready to move on to the end assessment.

    End-Point Assessment
    The end-point assessment consists of 2 assessment methods, all pass criteria must be achieved to progress and complete the apprenticeship programme. The 2 assessment methods are;

    Knowledge Test – A multiple choice test is an effective way of accessing the associated knowledge and skills for this occupation as there is a substantial quantity of theories, psychological practices and safeguarding knowledge to test and assess before competence can be confirmed. It will consist of 35 questions and apprentices must have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test. The test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials.

    Professional Discussion Underpinned by Portfolio of Evidence – This assessment method will offer a full synoptic assessment of the apprentice, testing aspects of knowledge, skills and behaviours. It will allow the apprentice to evidence both the knowledge gained and its application through skills and behaviours. The discussion will allow the assessor to thoroughly test understanding through open and follow up (clarification) questions. This method also complements the qualification and the knowledge test, giving apprentices the best possible opportunity to evidence their competence, including beyond the level outlined in the standard (distinction). The underpinning portfolio also includes naturally-occurring evidence, which can be probed in detail to ensure understanding of the KSBs. This assessment will last for 90 minutes and may be carried out at the employer’s premises or at GHQ.

    Portfolio of Evidence – The portfolio of evidence should be completed during the on-programme learning. The portfolio of evidence itself is not assessed as part of the EPA, rather its purpose is to support the professional discussion. The portfolio of evidence should contain a minimum of 10 pieces of evidence and a maximum of 15.


    The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades which are applied at the end-point assessment. Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method will be offered the opportunity to take a re-sit/take. The apprentice’s employer will need to agree that a re-sit/take is an appropriate course of action.

    Additional Requirements

    Apprentices will be required to have or to achieve Level 2 English and Maths and either Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF). prior to the end-point assessment.

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