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L3 Childcare & Education with Early Years Educator Level 3 | Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education

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Unconditional Places to Full-Time Applicants

Due to the uncertainty around how long the Covid-19 outbreak will last, it has been agreed for the immediate future that we will be offering unconditional places to full-time (not University Level) applicants who apply to SGS College.

Once you apply for your course, you will receive a communication offering you a place.

You just need to accept the offer, if you wish to.

We will then be in touch to discuss the offer once the Covid-19 risk reduces.


Learn more about Early Years & Primary at SGS College


This A-level qualification is designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to work unsupervised with children aged 07 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 07 age ranges.

Modules covered may include children’s health and well-being, 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.

What do I need to join?

You will need 5 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 will I know how I am doing?

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

Maths & English

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


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.

Work Experience

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

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can progress onto Level 3 in Early Years Education and Care, which will provide them 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 practitioner or nanny.

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 31st March 2020 @ 11.11am (1 day ago)

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AvailabilityAll Full-time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email [email protected]

7th Sep 2020
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Stroud Campus

Enquire about L3 Childcare & Education with Early Years Educator 0800 0567 253 | [email protected]

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