Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and to gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.  On achieving  this qualification, plus GCSE English and Maths to at least a grade C, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce with the licence to practice as Early Years Educators and therefore be counted within the setting adult to child ratio as a level 3.

The units are structured around the following four themes:
Theme 1 Health and well-being
Theme 2 Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3 Play, development and learning preparation for school readiness
Theme 4 Professional development

Placement Hours

Learners need to be within appropriate work placements to achieve this qualification gaining at least 350 hours or one day per week. We recommend that placements should be undertaken in at least two of the different age ranges listed:
• 0 – 1 year 11 months
• 2 – 2 years 11 months
• 3 – 5 years
During the placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment.

Career opportunities

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:
• Practitioner in day nurseries
• Practitioner in nursery schools
• Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• Pre-school worker
• Home-based child carer


There is a three hour session each week in the centre for 48 weeks or four terms, during which you gain the knowledge to be able to compile the required evidence. We will aim to complete the qualification within 18 months though, depending on experience and the learner’s circumstances, this course can take between one and two years.
Learners need to be within a work placement for at least a day a week to gain the practical experience and achieve the competence level required.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners need to be working or volunteering in an appropriate work placement.

You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).

English and maths will be assessed and learners have to achieve a grade C in GCSE maths and English to be able to be counted as a level 3 practitioner within the work setting.


Learners can progress to the Level 4 or progress with your career.

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18 Months

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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (Level 3)

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Theresa Rowland 01482 615377