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Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Dental Nursing




16-18 Year Olds



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Technical Diploma

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Home / Course / Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator)

Who is this course for?

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children

aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.

What do you need to apply for the course?

To get on this course you will need to meet the following criteria:

A minimum of five GCSE’s at Grade A*-C including English and Maths
DBS clearance
A health check
Two satisfactory references
Pass the childcare selection interview process

If you intend to progress to university to study Primary Teaching you’ll need to have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at Grade B.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course covers the underlying principles involved in the care, learning and development of children from birth to primary school years including:

Health and well-being
Legislation frameworks and professional practice
Play, development and learning for school readiness
Professional Development


How you will learn

The course is taught with a mixture of theoretical study in the classroom and practical study including 750 hours of work experience on placement with children up to seven years old. Your work will be assessed by your tutor or assessor (2 assessments will be externally set and assessed) and this would include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Where could this course take you?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their license to practice and it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workplace as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

Practitioner in day nurseries
Practitioner nursery schools
Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
Pre-school worker
Home based childcare

The Diploma is a full and relevant qualification and in combination with GCSE English and maths at grade C or above provides learners with a licence to practise as an Early Years Educator. It also enables learners to progress to Higher Education.

What costs will you incur?

Learners will need to pay for travel to and from work placements.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students