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

Part Time

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children up to 7 years.

Are there any additional costs?

You will pay the £120 registration fee yourself.  You will be also asked to pay £5 for the course standards and a photocopying fee of £5 to cover the handouts that the tutor will provide.

Entry Requirements

It has been confirmed that the funding rule requiring learners to have GCSE English and Maths grade C or above before enrolling on a standalone Early Years Educator qualification has been removed for standalone EYE qualifications (all ages).

Therefore, GCSEs are not required on entry or completion. It should be noted however that GCSE English and Maths A*-C (or accepted equivalent) is required to count in the staff to child ratios at Level 3 in childcare settings. Learners who achieve an EYE qualification but do not have GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or above (or accepted equivalent) can count in the staff to child ratios at Level 2.

How will I be taught?

The guided learning hours for this one year course are a minimum of 486 and learners must gain 61 credits in order to pass. To do this they must achieve 23 mandatory units. 

Evidence for these units will be provided in the form of a portfolio of your work, and through competence based assessment carried out in your workplace by a qualified assessor who will offer you support and guidance. There is no exam. 

You will be required to attend one teaching session in college per week for 30 weeks to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to complete your portfolio. 

You will need 350 placement hours across three age ranges, and will need the support of a professional within that real work environment.  This is approximately 12 hours per week.

Progression

The Level 3 course will qualify you to work in an unsupervised role and offers a progression route to the foundation degree in early years care.


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