Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Level 3
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About this course

This qualification is designed to give learners the skills and knowledge required 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.

Candidates are required to be either working or volunteering in a current early years setting in job roles such as:
• Early Years Educator
• Child-minder
• Nursery Nurse

What will I learn?

To successfully achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 64 credits from the 17mandatory units. There are also elective optional units that can be taken for Continual Professional Development (CPD) at an extra cost.

Mandatory Units are:
• Developing effective study skills
• Promote partnership working with parents
• Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children
• Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings
• Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector
• Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
• Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting
• Promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting
• Promoting the health & safety of children
• Promote children’s speech, language and communication development
• Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
• Supporting children’s creative and imaginative paly and experiences
• Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early year’s sector
• Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector
• Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
• Child Development from conception to 7 years
• Observation and assessment in the early years

Entry requirements

This qualification requires the learner to be employed or volunteering during the lifetime of the qualification for a minimum of 730 hours e.g. if you work in a sessional term-time only Pre-school 3 sessions a week (9 hours) you will be required to be on programme for 2 years to meet the minimum hours requirement.

From 1 August 2014, Government funding of Early Years Educator qualifications and programmes through the Skills Funding Agency will require any of the following entry requirement criteria:
• GCSE English and Maths, at Grade C or above
• O Level Grade A to C
• CSE Grade 1

Please note: Functional Skills will not be accepted as equivalents to GCSE’s.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Learners are assessed through a combination of assignments and workplace evidence, e.g. observation, professional discussion, questioning and witness testimony. You will be expected to complete work set by your assessor between visits, as well as completing a number of mandatory assignments. There will also be a requirement to study out of your working hours.

Upon successful completion, learners will achieve a Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma.

Additional costs and information

This course replaces the Diploma in Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Pathway)

Candidates will be provided with the course standards and will have the opportunity to complete their course using an electronic portfolio system if they so wish.

As Wiltshire College students, learners will have access to college facilities including the Library.


What could I do next?
You could progress onto the Early Years Foundation Degree.