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Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) QCF

The Learning Station


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What will I learn?

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

Awarding Body: City and Guilds

Study Type: Part Time Study, Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: No formal requirements

Can be completed in just 4 - 6 months.

This course can be purchased on a payment plan and paid over 12 months.*

This qualification is compliant with the knowledge and practical skills criteria included in the Early Years Educator (Level 3): Qualifications Criteria published by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (July 2013). Learners will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Early Years sector.

The term children has been used throughout this qualification to include babies, toddlers and young children, from birth to 5 years and from conception to 7 years within the child development unit (401).

You will be part of our newly developed Online Learner Management System which has been designed to ensure you receive quick responses to your work submissions and requests for support from one of our dedicated assessors or mentors. Our learner management system will help you to keep track of all of your assignments and clearly outlines through a progress bar how much you have remaining to complete your course. Our assessors will be happy to guide you to resources which will help you to gain a more thorough understanding of your assignments and ensure you complete your course with as much ease as possible.

Throughout your course you will assessed through a variety of methods to help you complete the course as quickly and easily as possible. Some of the assessment methods you can expect will be completing written assignments of work that has been given to you, having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace, direct observation of you carrying out work related tasks, professional discussions over the phone and supplying us with work product evidence.


This qualification will enable progression to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People's Workforce - Early Years (Management) or other similar Management and Leadership qualifications.

Career Pathways

There is a huge range of job opportunities for people with child care qualifications. These qualifications can help you find work as a:

  • Nursery nurse
  • Childminder
  • SureStart worker
  • Special Educational Needs assistant
  • Child care centre manager
  • Preschool advisor.

What do I need to know?

This Level 3 Diploma is not approved for the use by those who are under 16 years of age. There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking this Diploma. However, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain evidence for the qualification in the work place.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

Course info


NVQ Level 3 and relevant components

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

12 months

Who runs this course?




The Learning Station is a fully accredited and regulated training provider and delivers education and work-based training programmes to include apprenticeships and traineeships to learners aged 16+ on a nationwide scale. We operate from a training centre in Haringey, North London and also provide various outreach learning programmes via our approved assessors and tutors. The Learning Station holds centre approval, is regulated by and is accredited to deliver courses via many national and international the following bodies; City and Guilds  Matrix Standard     Britsh Safety Council  Member of Roto 

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