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

Berwick Main Centre
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Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

This qualification was developed by NCFE CACHE in response to the Department for Education to improve the quality and range of education and childcare from birth to 5 years. The Early Years Educator (EYE) reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.

The course is designed for learners aged 18 years and over who wish to study a vocational qualification on a part-time, flexible basis to work around work and family commitments. The award will support you to gain the required qualification to work as a level 3 educator in line with the National Curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage) and prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years (with knowledge of children up to 7 years). To study at level 3 you should be progressing from a relevant level 2 award, currently employed in a school or have an excellent knowledge supported by experience in the sector.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, 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.

What will I study on the course?

It is expected you will complete the award in 12 - 18 months. It is recommended you undertake 350 recorded placement hours over the duration of the award, split over age ranges as follows;

Age range Hours

0 1 year 11 months 25

2 2 years 11 months 133

3 5 years 192

The award is split into 4 main themes covering all aspects of child development

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.

The course runs for 1 half day per fortnight. As an adult work-based learner you will be expected to attend all sessions and use the information given to further research independently and complete work to progress through your award. You will also be expected to access our VLE (virtual learning environment) to further support your studies. In addition you will be required to undertake sufficient placement days per week to gain the essential skills to support your award.

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

How can I apply for this course?

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Where can I get any further information about the course?

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