The long-awaited Level 3 early years apprenticeship standard has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFA).

The news follows years of delays, after the first early years trailblazer group tasked with drawing up the standard was sacked and the second resigned.

The new Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard is expected to take 18 months to complete and will be given a maximum of £6000 in funding.

Apprentices will need to complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification as part of their training and will need to have completed a Level 2 qualification in English and maths before their final assessment. They will also require a Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid or a Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid.

A spokesperson for the IFA said:

“We are delighted that this important new apprenticeship is now approved for delivery. The sector has been clear about the many pressures it is facing with an ageing workforce and difficulties with hiring a new generation of people to fill the skills gaps.

“We would like to thank the Trailblazer group led by Busy Bees Childcare and the wider sector for its support during the development and approvals process. A great deal of effort and excellent team work has gone into reaching this stage.

“The result is a rigorous and high-quality standard ready to serve the early years sector which will help to revolutionise early years education for employers, young children and workers alike.”

Full information on the new standard is available here.

Last reviewed 8 April 2019