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York College

Who is this course aimed at?

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to gain employment with children aged from birth to five years. Learners will also gain knowledge and understanding of children aged from five to seven years.

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.


The course involves building a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency within the profession.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18+. They will also need have a minimum of six months working or volunteering within a childcare setting.

Dates and Times

22nd January 2019 - December 2019

Tuesdays 5.30pm - 8.30pm



Course Content

The course will cover units such as:

  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Developing children’s emergent literacy
  • Developing children’s mathematical development
  • Supporting transitions to school
  • Developing cognitive skills
  • Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
  • Upon completion learners will have gained a vast amount of knowledge in relation the care and education of children and from birth to five years
  • The qualification will support the learner’s application in gaining employment within an early years setting

Teaching Method(s)

Knowledge based units will be delivered within a classroom environment. Learners have a work-based assessor who will support them with the work-based element of the qualification.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment is ongoing through the completion of written evidence along with demonstrating competency within the work place.


NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours am I required undertaking in the setting?

The recommendation is that learners undertake minimum of 15 hours per week within an early years setting.

Can I work in more than one setting?

Yes, as long as you are working with children under the age of 5 years.

How many times will assessment be within the work setting?

The assessor will visit you at least three times throughout the duration of the course.


You could progress to the following job roles and responsibility – practitioner in day nurseries, practitioner in nursery schools, and practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, practitioner in a playgroup, childminder.

Cache level 4 Certificate for the early year’s practitioner.

Foundation Degree (FD) Young Children’s Learning and Development.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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