Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
|Start Date:||01 August 2020|
|Funding information:||Course costs apply.|
The aim of this qualification is to prepare 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 it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
Learners will have 15 visits in the workplace and will have access to online materials and support throughout the duration of the course. Additional visits will incur an extra charge of £100 per visit.
In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment, we have structured the units around the following three themes:
- Theme 1: Health and well-being
- Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
- Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
- Support physical care routines for children
- Promote children’s emotional well-being
- Understand how to support children who are unwell
- Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
- Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
- Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
- Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
- Working in partnership
- Engage in professional development
- Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
- Understand the value of play in Early Years
- Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
- Promote enabling play environments
- Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
- Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
- Support children’s transition to school
- Develop children’s cognitive skills
- Promote children’s speech, language and communication
- Promoting children’s physical development
- Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
- Support children with additional needs
- Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
- Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. We recommend 350 hours across the age ranges.
All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This may include direct observation within the workplace a portfolio of evidence written assignments or a task set by your Tutor.
Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher level early years qualifications. Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:
- Assistant in Children’s Centres
- Practitioner in nursery settings
- Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
- Pre-school worker