Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

Approved by the Department for Education for the 16-19 2017 Performance Tables

Centres requiring performance points for 2018 must register their learners (from 1 September 2016) on the Department for Education-approved (New) NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) 601/8438/3

What does the qualification cover?

The Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.
Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. This qualification confers the licence to practise as an Early Years Educator.

UCAS Information

This qualification has been awarded UCAS Tariff points. For a full breakdown of points, please see the UCAS webpage.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to Higher Education.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

Early Years Educator: Changes to GCSE Requiremenst

From 3 April 2017, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and maths A*-C, will be broadened to Level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills. This will also apply to an apprenticeship route. This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff:child ratios in childcare settings. This includes those who already hold an EYE qualification, began studying an EYE from September 2014 or will achieve an EYE in the future. Please refer to the Early Years Workforce Strategy (March 2017) for further details.

Education Funding Agency-funded learners

Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* - C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification.
However, the Department for Education expects learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.

Self-funded learners

Learners who self-fund their learning will not be required to have achieved GCSE English and maths grade A* - C before commencing their Early Years Educator qualification; however, they will need to have achieved English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above in order to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings.

How is this qualification structured?

We have structured the units around four themes:
• Theme 1: Health and well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
• Theme 4: Professional development

How is it assessed?

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:
• pass 27 mandatory units
• pass Longitudinal study
• pass 3 externally set and marked assessments Please note: the assessment opportunities for all externally set and marked assessment for this qualification are limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity (undertaking a alternative assessment).

Do you need to have access to practical placement?

Yes, you will need to have access to a real work environment, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

This qualification will take 2 years to complete.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) or a Foundation Degree.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or progress to higher education.
Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:
• practitioner in day nurseries
• practitioner in nursery schools
• practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• pre-school worker.