Childcare & Early Years
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    Off Site
    1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018

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Awarding organisation

Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Practitioner

Summary of course

This qualification will help you to become an Early Years Educator and enable you to work effectively with children from birth to seven years. You will gain a more in- depth Knowledge and understanding of the sector requirements and the theory behind childhood development and gain the skills so that you can provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment.

You will develop the following skills through a combination of off-the-job training and workplace training:

  • Effective Study Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Theories which underpin Practice in the Early Years
  • How to support and carry out holistic and effective assessments
  • Awareness of Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Skills within health and safety and equality and inclusion

The units you will study are likely to include:


  • Developing effective study skills
  • Promote partnership working with parents
  • Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children
  • Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings
  • Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
  • Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting
  • Promoting children's health and welfare in an early years setting
  • Promoting the health and safety of children
  • Promote children's speech, language and communication development
  • Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
  • Supporting children's creative and imaginative play and experiences
  • Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector
  • Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector
  • Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Observation and assessment in the early years sector

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

What's next:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People's Workforce – Early Years (Management/Advance Practice)
  • Progression to a Deputy Manager or Nursery Manager

How is the course assessed?

You will complete a range of assessments, these will include:

  • Producing a portfolio that demonstrates the skills and knowledge you have gained and how you applied them at work
  • Mandatory assignments

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you work with children in childcare environment, where you care for and support children and young people, birth to seven years old.

Entry Requirements for new students

In order to meet the requirements of this qualification you will:

  • Be employed in a childcare setting
  • Complete and pass a diagnostic assessment for English and maths
  • Attend a College interview

General Info (materials required for the course)

Benefits to company:

  • Develop skilled and qualified staff
  • Improve care skills
  • Avoid future skills shortages
  • Increase staff retention
  • Meet your statutory requirements

Benefits to individual:

  • Statutory requirement
  • Gain a national recognised qualification
  • Enhance skills and knowledge
  • Become more productive and motivated

It is recommended that you purchase a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) 3605-03 eBook from City & Guilds - ISBN : 9780851933252.

Course fee information

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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