Level 3 Diploma for the Children and young peoples Workforce
Research has shown that the first eight years of a child’s life are critical for their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Therefore, it is vital they receive the support they need for this development.
This course will equip learners with a detailed understanding of child development, including safeguarding children and promoting their health, safety and welfare. Learners will also look at how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings, support children with additional needs, and support children’s development. They will look at how to plan and lead play activities to support children’s learning and development and how to work in partnership with other professionals and key individuals.
What will I do?
This course is split into eighteen manageable units:
Unit 1: Understand child development
Unit 2: Support the holistic development of children
Unit 3: Safeguarding and child protection in early years
Unit 4: Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children
Unit 5: Support the health, well-being and physical care needs of children in Early Years settings
Unit 6: Equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings
Unit 7: Support positive behaviour in children
Unit 8: Support children with additional support needs
Unit 9: Support attachment when working with children in Early Years settings
Unit 10: Support children through transitions
Unit 11: Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development
Unit 12: Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in Early Years settings
Unit 13: Extending children’s learning and thinking in Early Years settings
Unit 14: Assessment and observation in Early Years settings
Unit 15: Recording, storing reporting and sharing information in Early Years settings
Unit 16: Working in partnership with colleagues, professionals, and key individuals in Early Years settings
Unit 17: Continuing professional development in Early Years education
Unit 18: Competency assessments* *This competency unit at the end of the course enables learners to demonstrate the skills they have learned and practice.
The qualification also provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for Early Years Educator status.
Is it for me?
This course is suitable for those who work with children from birth to 5 years olds in a variety of settings. It develops the knowledge and skills that are required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged 5-7 years.
The knowledge elements of this course are delivered online using our learning platform Equal. Students must have full use of either a PC, Laptop or Tablet and have ongoing access to the Internet.
Learners will need to be observed in the workplace on a minimum of 3 occasions undertaking daily work activities
You must already hold a L1 or equivalent English qualification.
Applicants must be aged 19 or above and be working in an appropriate Early Years setting. A designated workplace mentor must be available for the duration of the programme.
Applicants should demonstrate a good level of spoken and written English
Learners must have lived in the UK for the last three years, currently reside in England, with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Greater London, Liverpool, Tees Valley Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West Midlands, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Wets of England, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Please contact providers in your local area for alternative options.
19 – 23
This course is only Fully Funded if you are over 19 years old, have been living in the UK for 3 years or more, and are not from a devolved area (e.g. Greater Manchester, Liverpool, West of England, West Midlands, Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, London or Greater London).
HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO STUDY EACH WEEK?
The course duration is approximately 6 months for experienced practitioners who hold a Level 2 qualification or have been working in the sector for a long period of time. Less experienced learners will take up to 9 months. Course start dates are offered throughout the year
- The course is delivered via a blend of distance learning and tutor lead workshops
- Gain a nationally sector recognised qualification
- Engaging and interactive online activities that stretch learners thinking and help put new extended skills and knowledge into practice
- Personal tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have the support needed to succeed
- Gain the experience, skills and qualification to become an Early Years Practitioner.
- Provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for Early Years Educator status.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
This course requires the completion and passing of marked online unit assessments at the end of each unit. Learners will also be observed in the workplace on a minimum of 3 occasions to confirm occupational competence. Learners are allocated a course tutor who will mark assessments and are able to offer support through the online learning platform.
How can I pay for my course?
There are a variety of ways in which you can get help with fees and funding while studying. Get advice on applying for funding and assessing your eligibility for financial aid here.
This course attracts funding for eligible students, so please check with the admissions team about your own circumstances.
- This course is available to be fully funded under the Level 3 Skills Offer for eligible applicants who do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) qualification.
Applicants for this course may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan if not eligible for the Level 3 Skills Offer.