Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Skills & Qualifications

Subject Area

Early Years, Education and Care

Start Date

September 2018




16-18 Year Olds, Adult



Course Level


Award to be received

Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who work, or wish to work, with children from birth to 5 years old in a variety of settings. This includes working in day nursery, nursery schools, primary school reception classes, or as childminders and nannies.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will have a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject such as Introducing Caring for Children and Young People, Childcare or a Certificate for the Children’s Workforce.

You will need GCSE English and Mathematics grades A*- C or the level 2 equivalence.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This qualification aims to provide an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and skills of caring for children from birth to 5 years old.

The objectives of this qualification are to guide and assess the development of skills and knowledge for the early years workforce.

How you will learn

Learners will attend lectures for two days each week in order to learn theory.

As this is a competence-based qualification, there is also a requirement for assessment in a real work environment. Learners will undertake 400 hours in a suitable work placement.

Where could this course take you?

You could gain employment in a day nursery, nursery school, primary school reception class, or as a childminder.

You could progress in your studies on to the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice in Early Years Education or the Foundation Degree in Early Years Education and Care.

What costs will you incur?

You will be required to provide items of stationary such as pens, paper and files, as well as purchasing a memory stick for use in college.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

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.