The Early Years Practitioner – Early Years Educator (Learning and Development)

The Early Years Practitioner – Early Years Educator (Learning and Development)

This qualification requires learners to develop an in-depth understanding of early year’s education and care, including supporting and promoting children’s early education and development, planning and providing effective care, teaching and learning.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Care and Education
  • Qualification City & Guilds Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 104 weeks
  • Start Date Various (please see below)
  • End Date Various (please see below)
  • Day Various
  • Times Various
  • Fee £2,300
  • Reduced Fee None
  • Course Code G3PDCWL0/9/1

This qualification is designed for employed experienced practitioners who have a previous level 2, working in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. You will be planning activities, promoting the needs of individuals and key working. You will have a dedicated assessor who will work with you in your workplace on a 1:1 basis to gather the evidence required for the practical and underpinning knowledge requirements. The course lasts for up to 2 years and we use an online portfolio system which is accessible to you 24/7.

Course dates are:

Variable 16-Sep-19 13-Sep-21 Variable Hele Road Centre
Variable 13-Jan-20 10-Jan-22 Variable Hele Road Centre
Variable 27-Apr-20 25-Apr-22 Variable Hele Road Centre

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400170 Email:

What topics will I study?

This qualification has been designed to provide an introduction to the practical skills and knowledge required to be an Early Years practitioner. Units include Theorists, Child Development, Safeguarding, Equality and inclusion, Creative Learning and Observations and Assessment. This course requires detailed research and written work to underpin the assignments carried out, you will need to be aware that you will require sufficient time to do this independently.

Next steps: 

Once you have completed this course you may be eligible to progress onto the Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner Course or a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Entry Requirements

The Early Years Educator qualification requires GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent e.g. Functional Skills level 2). You must have suitable employment in a real work environment for a minimum of approx. 16 hours, and hold a current DBS. If you are aged 19+ then you may apply for a learning loan which could pay the fees of this course, you may enrol at any time of the year. You will also require a completed employer permissions form to be completed.

  • 1:1 assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources
  • You will have access to a learning resource centre
Additional Costs

None specified.

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