Early Years Educator

18 months
Level 3
Course Overview:


Early Years Educators, nursery nurses, and childminders are highly trained professionals responsible for ensuring the safety and healthy development of young children in various settings, including full-day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, and as childminders. They either work alone or supervise others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the UK government, providing support for children’s learning, development, and care from birth to five years old.

Their responsibilities include planning and supervising child-initiated and adult-led activities based on individual needs, developing numeracy and language skills through games and play, observing each child’s progress and tailoring their learning experience accordingly, and meeting the individual care needs of children, such as feeding and administering medicine. 


Why choose an apprenticeship with ART Skills Centre?

ART Skills Centre is revolutionising the delivery of apprenticeships. Leveraging our extensive experience in providing quality blended learning to all our learners annually, using our unique blended delivery model that prioritises flexibility and efficiency for both apprentices and employers.

Our focus on high-quality learning resources and approach now extends to the apprenticeship sector, ensuring that more individuals receive personalised training and robust career guidance.

At the ART Skills Centre, we are committed to the personal and professional growth of our learners. Our individualised programme of learning is designed to help learners develop as individuals and employees, and to facilitate their progress at every stage of the learning journey.


Entry Requirements:

  • Achieving a level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing the Apprenticeship training is desirable.
  • Apprentices who have not yet achieved a level 2 in Maths and English can complete these qualifications during their childcare course.
  • However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before qualifying for entry to the end-point assessment.

Benefits for Your Employees:

  • Gain a nationally recognized and accredited qualification
  • Access high-quality learning and assessment materials for your employees
  • Receive bespoke support for high-quality “off the job” learning
  • Access support from a qualified assessor / tutor and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) during scheduled check-ins throughout the apprenticeship


Benefits for Your Organization:

  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a reputable training provider
  • See rapid improvements in employee performance, productivity, and behaviours that will benefit your organisation


The following is a list of summarised contents (but not limited to) that a EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR must know and understand upon completion of this programme:

  • Understanding and applying the expected patterns of child development from birth to 5 years, and further development from age 5 to 7.
  • Promoting effective attachment and understanding its significance.
  • Applying a range of theories and philosophical approaches to children’s learning and development, and their influence on practice.
  • Considering children’s stage of development and individual circumstances when promoting their learning and development.
  • Promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion, and reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances.
  • Supporting children’s holistic development, including speech, language, and communication, personal, social, and emotional development, and physical development.
  • Using systematic synthetic phonics and various strategies for early literacy and mathematics.
  • Preparing and supporting children through transitions and significant life events.
  • Adhering to early education curriculum requirements, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Continuously developing professional skills and knowledge, adhering to legal requirements and guidance on health and safety, safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children.


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The following is a list of  summarised contents (but not limited to) that an EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR must be able to do upon completion of this programme:

  • Analysing and explaining how children’s learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances.
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Planning and leading purposeful play opportunities and educational programs.
  • Providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
  • Providing learning experiences and environments appropriate to the age, stage, and needs of individual and groups of children.
  • Encouraging children’s participation and engagement in effective strategies to develop and extend their learning and thinking.
  • Supporting and promoting children’s speech, language, communication development, group learning, and socialisation.
  • Planning and providing activities to meet additional needs and working in partnership with parents and other professionals.
  • Maintaining accurate records, carrying out risk assessment, and managing risks in line with policies and procedures.
  • Identifying and acting upon responsibilities in relation to health and safety, confidentiality, safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children.


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The following is a list of  summarised topics and sub-contents (but not limited to) on how a EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR must behave or demonstrate upon completion of this programme:

  • Demonstrating Care and Compassion – Providing excellent childcare while challenging poor practice professionally
  • Fostering Teamwork – Working effectively with colleagues and other professionals, supporting their learning and development through mentoring and sharing professional expertise and experience.
  • Exuding Honesty, Trust, and Integrity – Developing trust through ethical and empathetic work practices in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Commitment to Inspiring Child-centred Care and Education – Improving children’s outcomes through inspiration and child-centred care and education.
  • Promoting Non-discriminatory Practices – Raising awareness of differences and ensuring that all children have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop, and reach their full potential.
  • Practising Fundamental British Values – Taking into account democratic principles, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


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