The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) 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.
As learners achieve this qualification, they will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
This qualification has been developed to reflect the priorities of practitioners and employers in helping to meet the requirements of young children.
This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or looking to begin work in early years education and care.
UCAS points for this qualification are available to view here.
You must be at least 16 years old.
Early Years Educator: GCSE English and Maths Requirement
Every learner who achieves an Early Years Educator qualification requires GCSE English and Maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings.
There are no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and Maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification but providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and Maths GCSEs at grade C or above alongside the qualification in order to gain employment.
The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) forms part of the Early Years Pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
English and Maths GCSEs at grade C or above are a completion requirement for childcare apprentices.
For accepted equivalencies for GCSE English and Maths, please refer to the Department of Education website, Early Years Qualifications List.
From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.
We have structured the units around four themes:
• Theme 1: Health and well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
• Theme 4: Professional development
• 23 mandatory units
• Guided Learning: 486 (hours)
• Total Qualification Time: 610 (hours)
To gain this qualification the learner will need to:
• Pass all units
• Complete longitudinal study
• Show competence in a real work environment
Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.
This qualification will take 1-2 years to complete depending on experience.
Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher level early years qualifications.
We are flexible with training numbers so please call us with your requirements. We can then work something out for you.
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