Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator) Technical Certificate/Diploma Level 3
This course prepares students to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to five years and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years. Course duration is 1 year for each level.
This course includes a placement element. Watch the video below to hear from Dean and their employer about how work placements work for them and why they are so beneficial.
A minimum of 5 subjects at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
Students are also required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course.
What will I study?
Units covered in the course include:
- Child Development
- Children’s Health and Well-being
- Play and Learning
- Providing Safe Environments for Children
- Child Health
- Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
- Observation, Assessment and Planning
Prior to starting the course students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), for which there will be a charge. A York College placement top will also need to be purchased.
Method of delivery
There will be a two-day placement setting. Allocation of this placement day will be given out prior to starting the course. You will also need to complete workplace assessments which will be carried out in a placement setting of 375 hours for the Certificate and 750 hours for the Diploma of real work experience.
All classes are taught in College, however there will be opportunities to take part in trips which are related to the units taught.
How will I be assessed?
Students must pass seven assignments in Year One and also a Controlled Assessment. If successful, you will progress to Year Two and study a further seven assignments and also a Controlled Assessment. All coursework is graded A* - D grade.
Students are also required to complete 375 hours of work placement for the Certificate and 750 hours for the Diploma and will be assessed in the workplace.
Good course combinations
This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.
Your next steps
Upon achievement of this qualification, students will be fully qualified as Early Years professionals and may progress into employment such as Teaching Assistants, Nannies or work in nurseries. You may also be able to go to university to study Primary Teaching or other child related Higher Education courses.
“This course offers an equal split of theory and practical work, which is a good way to gain knowledge and experience. My overall experience at College has been really good. The tutors are really supportive and flexible in supporting the individual needs of each student. I was supported with my UCAS application and my job interviews which really helped me gain confidence.”