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.

Entry requirements

GCSEs are not required on entry or completion. It should be noted however that GCSE English and Maths at grades A*-C or grades 9-4 is required to count in the staff to child ratios at Level 3 in childcare settings. Learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification but do not have GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above 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.

What happens if I realise after attending the first class that the course is not what I expected?

If you think you have made a mistake with your chosen course please talk to the tutor as you may need a higher/lower level.  If the college cannot find a suitable alternative course a refund can be arranged if it is requested within one week of attendance.


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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