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Introduction to the course

This Level 3 qualification will help to prepare you for work in an Early Years setting. The units cover a wide range of topics including, Child Development, Supporting Children’s Speech and Communication and Language. You will have the opportunity to undertake qualifications in Maths.

The course requires you to complete 400 hours in a work placement, organised by the College. You will attend college three days a week and two days a week in a placement.

This is the second year of the two year course. You will need to have completed Childcare and Education - Level 3 Technical Certificate in order to be accepted onto the Diploma Course.

What do I need?

You will need to be at least 16 years of age with a keen interest in child care. You must show the ability to work at Level 3. Learners will need to complete 400 hours in three different age groups in childcare settings. For this learners will require a DBS check.

How is the course taught?

Group activities, discussions, written assignments, practical activities, tasks set to complete in the work setting and assessment in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a mixture of examinations, assignments, portfolio tasks and direct observation by assessors in the workplace.

What does it lead to?

Early Years Educator

  • practitioner in day nurseries

  • practitioner in nursery schools

  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

  • pre-school worker

  • home based childcarer

  • nanny.

  • Higher Education


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DP3MEYE1 / 19DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

If you are aged 24+ click here for information on financial help available to you. This course is eligible for a loan.

Information on how to apply
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