Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship (HATH)


London, W13 0DH

Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 28 September 2023


As a Level 3 Apprentice, you will gain experience, earn a salary and achieve a recognised early years level 3 qualification. Duties include working alongside the team as an educator but with support and the opportunity to plan, implement and supervise child initiated and adult led activities following the development needs and interests of each child.

Annual wage
£15,000 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Early years educator (level 3)
Monday - Friday 7.30am - 6.00pm around the current shift system. One evening per month for staff meeting. Five paid training days per year.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 1 September


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • At the end of your training, you will achieve a full and relevant Early Years Educator Level 3
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Your training will be delivered by our training partners
  • You will work all year round 40hrs per week and have (20% off the job) to complete course work, visit other settings, attend training or do online training etc.

Where you’ll work

Hathaway Children Centre, Hathaway Gardens

West Ealing


W13 0DH


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Early years educator (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Recognise when a child or a colleague is in danger or at risk of abuse and act to protect them in line with safeguarding policy and procedure.
  • Apply legislation, policy and procedure to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of children in the setting (for example, food safety, diets, starting solid food, allergies, COSHH, and accidents, injuries, and emergencies).
  • Apply the principles of risk assessment and risk management within documentation and practice.
  • Teach children to develop skills to manage risk and maintain their own and others safety.
  • Use a range of communication methods, including technology, with other professionals to meet the individual needs of the child.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional, collaborative relationships with others involved in the education and care of the child.
  • Undertake the role and responsibilities of key person.
  • Recognise and apply theories of attachment to develop effective relationships with children.
  • Provide sensitive and respectful personal care for children from birth to 5 years.
  • Advocate for all children’s needs, including children which require SEND or EAL support.
  • Promote and facilitate children’s interpersonal communication to develop their social interactions and relationships.
  • Support children to develop a positive sense of their own identity and culture.
  • Support children to understand and respond to their emotions and make considered choices about their behaviours.
  • Assess the responsiveness of the environment for effective child-centred experiences in line with curriculum requirements.
  • Create inclusive, child-centred, dynamic, innovative, and evolving physical environments both indoors and outdoors.
  • Create inclusive and supportive emotional environment that enables the child to feel safe, secure, respected and experience a sense of wellbeing; maintaining and prioritising the individual child’s voice.
  • Apply strategies that support children’s ability to manage change, transition, and significant events.
  • Analyse observation evidence to assess and plan holistic individual learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the child’s needs and interests.
  • Facilitate and support child-centred opportunities and experiences based on the setting's curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Provide adult led opportunities and experience based on the setting's curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Use reflection to develop themselves both professionally and personally.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 3/4)
    • Maths (grade 3/4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Patience
    • Have empathy for others
    • Reliable

    Other requirements

    As an apprentice you will be involved in every aspect of nursery life. You will be working both inside the nursery and in the garden with the children, at all times of the year and in all weather. You will need to be committed, reliable and able to work the required hours and study with the end goal of a qualfication.

    About this company

    Hungry Caterpillars opened in January 1999 in answer to Olivia Foley, the founders, own childcare needs and the inability to find high-quality childcare in the local area. Developing an excellent local reputation, the group has since expanded across West London into Ealing, Buckinghamshire & Harrow. Hungry Caterpillars remains a family-run business that responds and develops services to meet the needs of families that it serves.

    http://www.hungrycaterpillars.co.uk (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    After you complete your qualification you can:

    • Progress within Hungry Caterpillars and take on more responsibility / progress into more senior roles (room leader / deputy manager / manager)
    • Take on a full key worker role and support a group of children

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Angela Fisher


    01895 543184

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000201789.

    Apply now

    Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

    When you apply, you’ll be asked to sign in with a GOV.UK One Login. You can create one at the same time as applying for this apprenticeship.