Early Years Educator

(19+) Work-Related Learning: Level 3

The Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma is a 15-month course equivalent to 2 A Levels. The course is 100% assessed by coursework and work-related observations, with assignments to meet criteria.


The Diploma will lead to a highly specialised work-related qualification comprising the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in an Early Years setting with children under 5 years old.

Topics Include

  • Principles of Safeguarding in Early Years
  • Planning and implementing activities and play for children
  • Promoting health & safety for children
  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals

How will I learn?

This course is delivered in the workplace and therefore comprises of theory and extensive practical workplace (minimum 3 days per week) experience with regular workplace observation assessment. This is a qualification ideal for employed individuals with career ambition in the early years sector or progression to HE.

How will I be accessed

You will be assessed continually throughout your learning using a variety of assessment methods including written work, assessor observations, testimonies and work evidence captured in the work setting. All Trainer / Assessors have sector industry experience

Special Entry Requirements

You are required to hold a disclosure and barring service check (DBS); this allows you to access the work setting. A Level 2 Childcare qualification is preferred. 

GCSE English and Maths Grade C or 4 or above or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths   will be required to gain a licence to practice at Level 3. 

Progression Opportunities

  • Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • Early Years Educator in a Private Nursery or school
  • Play Therapist
  • SENCO in an Early Years setting
  • Safeguarding Officer in an Early Years setting
  • Room Leader or Manager in an Early Years setting


Funding for this course is via a Learning Loan of £2882.00 including all registration and certification fees.