Diploma for Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

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
  • Start Date See below
  • End Date See below
  • Day Monday
  • Times * Please see below.
  • Fee £2,882
  • Course Code G3PDCWL0/3/A

This qualification is designed for employed practitioners who have a previous Level 2 or experience in the role, 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.


Start End Weeks Day Time
11-Sep-23 11-Sep-25 72 Monday 09:00-12:00
08-Jan-24 08-Jan-26 72 Monday 09:00-12:00
15-Apr-24 16-Apr-26 72 Monday 09:00-12:00


What topics will I study?

This qualification has been designed to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to be an Early Years Educator. 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 funding which could pay the fees of this course, you may enrol at any time of the year. You will also require an 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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