Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)





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About the course

Upon achievement of this level 3 qualification, you will be able to enter the workforce and gain license to practice as an Early Years Educator. 

Business benefits


  • Helps build self-confidence and improve staff morale
  • Results in increased productivity
  • Increases staff retention and motivation
  • Provides cost-effective recruitment and induction
  • Motivates staff to improve
  • Leads to the sector endorsed Early Years Educator qualification
  • Provides industry-recognised qualifications
  • Fills skills gaps
  • Offers support in college and in the workplace
  • Improves staff retention, lowering recruitment and training costs
  • Offers a practical and job-related form of learning

Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • A DBS ( Disclosure and Barring Service) check
  • Evidence of work experience with children
  • A voluntary work placement or employment with children aged 0-5 years
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade D or above (if not have grade C, you MUST be working towards this grade in both English and Maths and achieved this by the end of the course)
What will I do on this course?

You will study a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Play, development and learning for school readiness  
  • The health and wellbeing of children
  • Professional development  
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice


Who is it for?

If you are passionate about working with children, this course is for you. It will allow you to work unsupervised with children in a variety of childcare settings such as nurseries, children's centres and baby units. You could also progress to university, either in primary teacher training, paediatric nursing or social work. You will need to be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to work in childcare settings  
  • Reliable  


How Is this course assessed?

You will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Reflective journal
  • Observations
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Practical


What could I do next?

The course provides qualified practitioner status and can be used to apply for a job in early years settings to work with children.


Additional cost

At the beginning of the course, you will be asked to pay for:

  • Course books (approximately £25)
  • Uniform and clothing (approximately £20)



You will need an interview for this course - please complete this form in advance and bring it to your interview



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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