Childcare and Education Level 3 Diploma (Part-time)
This Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce prepares you to become an Early Years Educator. You will be able to work with children from birth to age five and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven.
This part-time programme combines theoretical study in college with online learning and practical experience. It will enable you to work competently, safely, and effectively with children and their families in a range of settings.
Any adult aged 19 or over, who does not already have a Level 3 qualification, or earns less than £18,525 can access this course for free.
This programme combines theoretical study in college with practical experience. You will need to attend college for one day a week and complete a further seven hours of self-directed study and online learning.
On this course you gain:
- a Level 3 qualification that’s recognised within the sector
- an extensive knowledge of Early Years
- skills for lifelong learning
You are observed in placement by a designated assessor. Written assignments are set and marked by your tutor and graded A*–D.
There are two controlled assessments that make up your final grade and are set and marked externally by the awarding body CACHE.
Competency in work placement and hours being achieved are required for successful completion of this course. Tutorials will support you with meeting the targets and enable you to stay focused.
You will need to have achieved grade 4 (C) or above GCSEs in Maths and English Language or a Level 2 in functional skills. Support can be offered to achieve these grades before joining the course.
You will also require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), that is clear with no criminal convictions, reprimands or cautions.
On completion of this programme you can enjoy an array of opportunities, these include, yet are not limited to:
- higher education to study a degree in early childhood, an excellent foundation for a career working with young children in many sectors
- a foundation degree with theoretical and practical knowledge in children’s rights, child health and wellbeing, family and cultural contexts, and the principles of inclusive practice
- career opportunities within the Early Years workforce as a lead practitioner, registered manager, Special Educational Needs (SEN) coordinator and safeguarding officer
To be successful you will need to be working part-time in an Early Years setting, paid or voluntary, for at least 12 hours a week. Support can be provided to find a placement if needed.
Also, as a student you must undertake an initial assessment to determine your support needs.