Early Years/Childcare

This qualification will provide the learners with the knowledge and awareness of a range of topics pertaining to child care and development. They will learn about theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to development and theories of teams and how they work.

  • Entry requirements

    The preferred entry requirements for level 3 are 4 GCSEs grade 9-4 (grade A* - C) preferably including English and maths. This is subject to interview and references. Any learners accepted without the required English and maths qualifications will be required to re-take them alongside their vocational programme.

  • Who is the course for?

    Learners who wish to equip themselves with the practical skills and knowledge to prepare them for future employment as a child care practitioner. From this they will be able to seek employment with children from birth to 5 years and have gained knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. This qualification gives the learners full licence to practice in an early years setting. This course could be fully funded for learners aged 24 and above* .

  • Study methods

    This course includes 23 mandatory units which amount to 486 GLH. As a condensed course, there are currently no optional units.
    The learners will spend 2 days per week in a child care setting – this will include a primary school placement and day nursery placement. They will obtain a minimum of 350 hours over the year. Whilst in placement they will be allocated to a supervisor who will support them to develop their skills. They will also be visited and observed on their competencies across the qualification by an assessor who will sign their progress off once proven skills are witnessed and maintained.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is carried out at the end of each unit to confirm understanding.
    All students will undertake a 350 hour work placement across the year in suitable early year’s settings, the placement should include babies and young children and they will be assessed in placement.

  • More information

    1 year full time course with 2 of these days in placement.

    • Subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria.
  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    This qualification provides learners with the following job opportunities:

    • EY practitioner in day nursery/nursery schools/reception classes in primary schools.
    • Assistant or EY practitioner in children’s centres
    • Pre-school worker.

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    Level 3 Early Years T Level NCFE/CACHE level 5 Diploma in Leadership for HSC and children and Young People’s services (England) (QCF)

  • How to apply

    To apply for a course either click the APPLY NOW button - fill out the form online and submit

    OR download an application form here and post it to the address on the form.
    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Course starting Sep 2024

Starts 2 September 2024

Duration 1 Year(s)

Location Hayes Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00