Early Years Educator Level 3

The course prepares you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.


This course replaces the Children and Young People's Workforce course and is designed for those who are working in a supervisory capacity in a children's care or educational setting, for example at a nursery, pre-school, crèche, school, as a family worker, child-minder, supervisor or manager. Learning will be through a mixture of lectures, workshops and assessment of workplace practice. Your designated assessor will support you to build your portfolio.

The course is structured around 4 themes, with mandatory units within each theme:

  • Health and well-being
    • Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
    • Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
    • Support physical care routines for children
    • Promote children’s emotional well-being
    • Understand how to support children who are unwell
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
    • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
    • Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
    • Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
    • Working in partnership
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
    • Understand the value of play in early years
    • Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
    • Promote enabling play environments
    • Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
    • Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
    • Support children’s transition to school
    • Develop children’s cognitive skills
    • Promote children’s speech, language and communication
    • Promoting children’s physical development
    • Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
    • Support children with additional needs
    • Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
    • Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs
  • Professional development
    • Engage in professional development

You will attend two workshops per month in college as well as working or volunteering for at least six hours per week in an appropriate children's setting.

Entry Requirements

  • You must have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above.
  • You must be working in an early years setting at a supervisory level.
  • You must be in possession of a level 2 Childcare qualification or equivalent.
  • All students must have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and supply two satisfactory references. Your place will be on conditional on this being deemed satisfactory.
  • An interview with a specialist tutor will also be required.


To apply: You will need to complete and submit a 2018/19 part-time application form. You can download one from the college website by clicking the following link:
application form
or you can e-mail info@kirkleescollege.ac.uk
or telephone 01484 437070 to request one.

Assessment Methods

Your assessor will observe you in practice to assess your level of knowledge and you will formulate an E-portfolio (Online) of evidence to cover the criteria detailed in the units.


Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies or Teaching Assistants.

This could be a step to a career as an manger in private day nurseries, education, health authorities, social service, private homes in Britain, as well as overseas as a qualified early years practitioner.

Fees & Funding

Total fee – £2,882

A loan is available to cover this cost.  For details, please follow the Advanced Learning Loan link.


Course code


Start date

2020-09-15 00:00:00.000

End date

2022-02-24 00:00:00.000



Dewsbury Centre

Course code


Start date

2020-09-17 00:00:00.000

End date

2022-02-24 00:00:00.000




Huddersfield Centre

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