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.

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1 Year


September and January starts

Dewsbury - Wednesday 09:30-12:30; Huddersfield - Thursday 18:00-21:00


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

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

Tuition Fees: £2698

Exam Fees: £149

Materials: £35


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


For more information on applying for this course please see the Apply page.

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