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Workbased Level 3 Diploma Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

The aim of this qualification is to prepare you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. The qualification is suitable for people involved in vocational work, either full-time, part-time or voluntary.

Points to Note: As this is a work-based course you must have secured either voluntary work or employment within a
childcare environment working with children aged 0-5, for a minimum of 10 hours per week for the duration of the course. Please note that you must have been volunteering or working in the placement in which you are to be assessed for at least 12 weeks prior to the course commencing.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 3

  • Duration

    12-18 months.

Apply or Enquire

You will complete a range of units to achieve the qualification. Some of the units you will cover are:

• Child development
• Play and Learning
• Working with parents and Others in Early Years
• Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
• The Early Years Foundation Stage


Assessment Methods

Assignment work, Direct Observation and Witness Testimony

Confirmed placement of 10 hours per week in a Childcare setting 12 weeks prior to enrolment.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


£2882 or National Skills Funded


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details