Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This qualification is ideal if you are working in an early years setting in a job role that includes planning and keyworking, and your wish to develop your skills and knowledge to a level which demonstrates that you are competent.

Mandatory units cover core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners.

Content includes:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Theories which underpin practice
  • Personal development
  • Safeguarding
  • Health, safety and wellbeing

You will attend an online session one morning a week for a year, and be expected to complete written assignment work in self-study time at home. You will also have one-to-one reviews and you may wish to buy a textbook to support your learning.

The qualification is recognised by the DfE as a full Level 3 with license to practice.

Assessment Methods

Assessment mostly takes place in your work environment through observations whilst you carry out day-to-day activities. This means that you are also proving your work to a nationally recognised level at the same time as doing your job. You will also create an online portfolio of evidence using various assessment methods including assignments.

Progression Options

On completion of this qualification, you will need Functional Skills Level 2 or above in English and Maths to be able to be counted in ratios as a qualified Level 3 practitioner. If you progress to a Deputy Manager or Manager role you can consider studying the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner.

Course Summary

Course Title Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need a relevant job role in an early years setting with at least six months experience and a Level 2 qualification or 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above including English and Maths (or Functional Skills Level 2).

Attendance Requirements You can start this course at any time.  Expect to complete within two years. You will spend one morning in College weekly. Self-study hours will be up to 10 a week.
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‘The course provided me with the opportunity to understand my son’s condition and how best to support him and other individuals with disabilities that I work with’

- Rebecca, Understanding Autism, Level 2 Distance Learning

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