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Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

With this advanced level course, you will gain practical skills on your work placement and theoretical knowledge in the classroom at St Helens College.

You will study child development, play and learning, as well as how to support children with literacy and numeracy.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children's health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children's additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Professional practice portfolio 1
  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional practice portfolio 2

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of assessment tasks, research projects and performance on work placement.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English language and maths.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £44 and can be claimed back once you have successfuly completed this course.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this qualification, you will have gained the licence to practice. This means you're able to find work in the childcare industry.

You may also choose to study at a higher level at university, which could lead to a career as a primary school teacher.

Ref: Rachel Summerskill

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Why study Childcare, Education and Youth Work with us?

Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Progression

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

Learning Experience

Develop your knowledge and skills in our interactive learning environment.