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

Subject Area

Health, Social Care & Life Sciences

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

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 learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators with a licence to practice or access Higher Education. In response to the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership Policy, More Great Childcare, we have developed this qualification to meet the criteria required for those wishing to become Early Years Educators.

The course is delivered online, with one taught session per month. The first induction session will be delivered on site at our Warrington campus.

Why should I choose the course?

As an Early Years Educator you will:

• Plan and supervise child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child

• Support children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play

• Have key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure

• Observe each child and shape their learning experience to reflect their observations

• Meet the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine

• Work in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child.

With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

Individuals will undergo all the checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

What will I learn?

Units include:

Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition

Unit 1.2 WB: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise

Unit 1.3 WB: Support physical care routines for children

Unit 1.4 WB: Promote children's emotional well-being

Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell

Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

Unit 2.3 WB: Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children

Unit 2.4 WB: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Unit 2.5 WB: Working in partnership

Unit 4.1: Engage in professional development

Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years

Unit 3.2 WB: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development

Unit 3.4 WB: Promote enabling play environments

Unit 3.5 WB: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills

Unit 3.6 WB: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills

Unit 3.7 WB: Support children’s transition to school

Unit 3.9 WB: Develop children’s cognitive skills

Unit 3.10 WB: Promote children’s speech, language and communication

Unit 3.11 WB: Promoting children’s physical development

Unit 3.12 WB: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development

Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs

Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children

Unit 3.15: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

What will the course lead on to?

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders.

They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

You may wish to move to higher education to study Childhood studies / primary teaching or any other related courses.

Are there any links with industry and university?

As part of the Health and Social Care Academy we have valuable industry links within the community and with universities. These links provide opportunities to go out on industry placement to further develop your skills should you choose to complete further qualifications with us.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

This course will be delivered by our expert Health and Social Care lecturers who all have industry experience.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to hold GCSE grade 4/C in either maths or English. Experience within an early years settings is preferred.

You will be expected to complete 570 work placement hours over the duration of the course so yuo will need to be employed or have a voluntary placement in plaace at the start of the course.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You may be require4d to pay for a DBS, a text book and a first aid certificate

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Starts Sep 2024

57 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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