Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

This two year course is the recognised qualification for anyone wanting to work as an Early Years Educator in England.  Learners on this course will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, showing that they can support and promote children's early education and development, plan and provide effective care enabling children to progress and make accurate and productive use of assessment. You will also develop effective and informed practice, safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children and work in partnership with key people.

What are the entry requirements for Level 3?

For all levels you will complete an Initial Assessment to identify your English and Maths levels and attend an informal interview with a teacher.

To enrol for a Level 3 course, you must be working at Functional Skills Level 2 in both English and Maths and have completed a level 2 course.

Voluntary or Employment placement requirements:

For a Level 3 Early Years Educator course you must be employed within a childcare setting for a minimum of 2 full days a week or equivalent i.e. 12-15 hours a week.  (Exceptions could apply)

How is the qualification delivered and assessed?

At present all of our courses are being delivered online via Zoom, which may move to a combination of online and face to face teaching if all current COVID restrictions are lifted. During all of our qualification courses you will build an e-portfolio of work where you will demonstrate your ability and knowledge. We will set up your account and provide you with opportunities to develop your skills to use it effectively. 

Timetabled sessions are held during term time and will include workshops, taught sessions and tutorials.  For level 3 your teacher/assessor will arrange to visit your workplace to observe you in practice.  All portfolios must be completed by the date agreed with your assessor.  The course content will be planned individually to suit your level, experience and working environment.

Further Progression

Successful completion of a Level 3 qualification could lead to progression within employment in a variety of roles, or moving onto Higher Education.

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