Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Level 3
Course Code: SC1FE366
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Develop your career in the childcare sector with our Early Years Workforce Level 3 Diploma. Co-created with early years providers, the course develops the knowledge and skills needed to progress to degree-level study and within employment. Ideal for those already working or volunteering in an early years environment, the course covers all aspects of working with children aged 0-5 years as well as insight into working with children aged 5-7. You will also develop skills in communication, behaviour management, team work and leadership. Benefit from expert tutors with a wealth of sector experience and part-time timetabling that fits around work and other commitments.
To do this course, you will need to have completed a level 2 qualification in childcare.
You will also need written confirmation from a nursery/nurseries or early year provider/s that they will provide you with a weekly work placement for the duration of the course. The placement must allow you to gain experience of working with children aged 0-5 years.
If you don't have at least GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English you can still start this course. However, you will need to commit to upskilling these qualifications alongside your Diploma so that you can achieve a full Level 3 License to Practice. We will support you in this.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will attend College for a 4.5 hour session each week. Some independent study is also required; your tutor will provide you with guidance on this.
Teaching is delivered in groups and supported by group activities and discussions. One-to-one support is also provided.
When you start the course we will assign you a progress tutor, who will support you in collating your written evidence, and an assessor, who will carry out at least eight workplace assessments. Your assessor will also engage you in professional discussions.
As part of the course, you will need to complete a long-term study on a child.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.