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Start date: 28/08/2019 - SGS Stroud
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years

Day(s): Various
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate
Code: 117905
Cost: N/A

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Course Detail

Level 3 Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Full time course


This A-level qualification is designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to work unsupervised with children aged 0-7 in a variety of settings, including day nurseries, nursery schools, primary schools, pre-schools and in home-based childcare or as a nanny. Learners will take part in 750 placement hours across the 0-7 age ranges

What will I study?

 Modules covered may include children’s health and wellbeing, providing safe environments for children, play and learning, understanding children’s additional needs, professional practice and observation, assessment and planning and learning for school readiness and professional development

Maths and English

You will continue to enhance your English and Maths knowledge through our embedded programme.

Work experience

You will spend 2 days a week in placement and 3 block weeks, for a total of 750 hours by the end of your second year. Placement in a variety of early year's settings is required to achieve this qualification.


You will partake in Forest School type activities. There will also be guest speakers. Agencies and Setting Managers advertise directly to the college and offer training on writing CVs and interviewing techniques.

What do I need to join?

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. You should have an interest in working with children and be able to supply to positive references – one from school and one from an early years education setting

How long is the course?

2 years. The Certificate is a one year course leading to the Diploma, which is also a one year course.

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom including: writing, reading,discussions and presentations. There may also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to your course. You will also be observed and assessed in a real work environment. Your work placement allows for practical experience, learning from your supervisors and children.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessments and you will have informal feedback in lessons.

Are there any extra costs?

You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Debarring Services (DBS) certificate for the safeguarding of children, which costs £44 (at the time of print) and that will need to be completed at a Taster day at the College, before enrolling on the course.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can progress onto the L3 in Early Years Education and Care which will provide learners with the Early Years Educator status that is required to work unsupervised with young people.

What are my career options?

The Certificate provides you with the experience and Skills to progress to the Diploma. After completing the Diploma, you will be able to work with children unsupervised in numerous settings. You could work in the following roles: special educational needs support worker, practitioner in day nurseries, practitioner in nursery schools, practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, pre-school worker, home-based childcare or nanny.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Start date: 28/08/2019
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Time(s): 9am - 4.40pm
Qualifications: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate
Code: 117905

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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01/09/2019 30/06/2021 tbc SGS Filton
28/08/2019 30/06/2021 9am - 4.40pm SGS Stroud