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Apprenticeship Standard Education and Childcare - Early Years Educator - Level 3


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Apprenticeship Standard Education and Childcare - Early Years Educator - Level 3  Stephenson College - Coalvillealternate textAvailable for applications

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Will I have to pay fees?

Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

Advanced Learning Loan - Information on ways to fund your level 3 or above qualification - Details Here

More information about this Course

Course Overview
Apprenticeships are training programmes for learners aged 16 plus who have left education or are already in employment. Apprentices will attend college one day each week or may receive training in the workplace as well as attending maths, English and/or ICT in college as necessary, to achieve the framework. Initial assessment and diagnostic testing is carried out prior to enrolment. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are essential.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
A good standard of education and a genuine commitment to work with children. Maths and English GCSEs are desirable for the academic year 2014/15 and a requirement from September 2015 onwards.

How Long Is The Course?
An Advanced Apprenticeship in Early Years will take up to 22 months to complete.

What Will I Learn?
The apprenticeship framework includes: Employer Rights and Responsibilities, GCSE Maths, English and ICT at Level 2, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, the Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, Early Years Educator.

How Will I Learn?
The underpinning knowledge is delivered using a range of methods, including tutorials, group work, case studies and projects. Practice in the workplace is also an integral part of the course and your Assessor will arrange visits to your workplace to observe you carrying out specific activities.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Observation in the workplace. Completion of portfolio. Tasks such as case studies, designing leaflets, written questions. External testing for Functional Skills.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Higher Education, e.g. Children and Young People's Services Foundation Degree. In order to validate your Level 3 qualification and be awarded a licence to practice, you must also attain GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

Attendance Mode
Work Based

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