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The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for 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.

This is the start of your journey in becoming an Early Years Educator. If you are interested in working with children in the early years, then this level 3 qualification will support your development into the childcare sector.

Career Destinations

On completion of this qualification you could progress on to employment as a:

  • Room Leader
  • Nanny
  • Childminder
  • Key Worker

What can I do next?

You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Early Years or enter employment.

What will I be doing?

Through attending classes one evening per week, you will undertake units relating to the following mandatory themes:

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

Added Extras

You will be assigned your own personal Assessor who will support you with gathering evidence to support the assessment of your work.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification you will need to achieve a Pass in ALL units. All units in this qualification are mandatory. Units will be internally assessed. The 'Longitudinal study' will be a mandatory task which will be set and internally assessed. You will need to show competence in a 'real work' environment

Entry requirements

Our initial requirements are that learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement, as this is a mandatory part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations. Learners will need 350  placement hours with children aged 0-5yrs for the duration of the course and a contract to assess will be put in place between the three parties.

In conjunction with the placement requirement, learners will also need to evidence through interview, that they have sufficient underpinning knowledge towards the qualification criteria to be offered a place on the course.

The part-time childcare course team will be happy to provide further information and course requirements.  We can be reached on 01992 411331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are also available at college open evenings.


What do I need to bring?

You may want to purchase the course book; Childcare and Education (6th Edition) by Carolyn Meggitt et al. and published by Hodder Education.

The ISBN number is 978-1-471-86363-9

Fee Information

The fee for this course is £2882.00

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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