September 21, 2018

Early Years Educator L3

Early Years Educator (EYE) Apprenticeship Level 3


This Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) apprenticeship will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. As part of this apprenticeship you will gain the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.

Our qualified and experienced tutors and assessors will guide you every step of the way, giving you the skills to excel and progress.

Key Features

  • Gain the industry recognised NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.

  • Learn while you continue to work, our tutors will work around your employers needs.

  • Full support from our tutors and assessors, as well as access to our online ePortfolio.

What’s involved

If you decide that an apprenticeship is the route for you then it will last for around 14 to 16 months. We will meet the needs of both yourself and the employer to deliver on the job training at your placement. On completion of the course you will receive the industry recognised NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce qualification from CACHE in addition to the Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship standard is split into three main components: the first, where one of our tutors will come out to your workplace and observe and assess the skills you have gained whilst working and help you work through the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce qualification; the second part is the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings qualification and finally the Maths, English and ICT support, if they are required and depending upon your situation you may not need to do this part.


Due to the funding eligibility rules, from the Skills Funding Agency, it is best to speak with one of our advisers, but as a quick guide, based on age:
16-18 – This apprenticeship is fully funded for learners in this age group.

19+ – This apprenticeship is 90% funded by the ESFA with a 10% contribution required from the employer, spread over the duration of the apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

This L3 EYE apprenticeship doesn’t have entry requirements, although we recommend that you have relevant experience within a nursery or early years setting or a relevant qualification such as the CYPW L2.

If you are unsure, we would recommend getting in touch with us and one of our helpful recruitment team can discuss the qualifications with you and find one that fits your requirements.


All of our apprenticeships have excellent progression opportunities, once this apprenticeship has been completed, progression onto a University degree course is a possibility as the NCFE CACHE qualifications have UCAS points attached. Alternatively, the Early Years Advanced Practitioner L4 qualification or Children, Young People & Families Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship are also progress opportunities – our tutors and assessors will help you every step of the way.


Contact us today for more information or even just for a friendly chat