The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. We are currently offering this course in Bridgwater on Mondays, Taunton on Tuesdays, Yeovil on Wednesdays and Fridays in Frome. We are also planning to offer an online learning option subject to demand.
Theme 1: Health and well-being
Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
Learners must achieve:
23 mandatory units
Guided Learning 486 (hours)
Total Qualification Time 610 (hours)
Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.
This qualification has the following UCAS Points - P - 32.
This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.
Early Years Educator: GCSE Requirements
From 3 April 2017, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and maths A*-C, will be broadened to Level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills.
This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings. This includes those who already hold an EYE qualification, began studying an EYE from September 2014, or will achieve an EYE in the future.
Please refer to the Early Years Workforce Strategy (March 2017) for further details.
To gain this qualification the learner will need to:
Pass all units
Complete longitudinal study
Show competence in a real work environment
Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.
Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher level early years qualifications.
Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and 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:
Assistant in Children's Centres
Practitioner in nursery schools
Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
Need to know…
To study for this qualification, you will need to be working or volunteering in an Early Years Childcare setting for at least 10 hours a week.
Learners should ideally have the equivalent of Level 1 literacy skills, however, a formal qualification is not required as this will be assessed prior to starting the course.
The coursework for this award will be completed electronically. Learners will need access to a internet enabled PC or laptop with Microsoft Windows or Apple software to access the portfolio system required for the course evidence. Please talk to a member of the SS&L team if you do not have access to any of these devices.
This course can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan.
You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.
Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.
You’ll have to start repaying your loan when your income is over a certain amount (the ‘threshold’ amount).
You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you borrow or the number of student loans you have. This is known as an ‘income contingent’ repayment.
You’ll repay 9% of your income over £27,295 a year. Even if your income doesn’t exceed £27,295 a year but is over £524 a week or £2,274 a month at any point in the year (e.g. if you work overtime) then a loan deduction will be made.
For example, if you’re paid monthly and earn £2,500 before tax you’d repay 9% of the difference between what you earn and what the threshold is:
£2,500 - £2,274 = £226
9% of £226 = £20.34
So your student loan repayment would be £20 in that month.
Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:
· college or training provider
· nationality or residency status
You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course. Your course must be a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification, for example A Levels or graduate certificate at an approved college or training provider in England.
Applicants for this course may be eligible to apply for an advanced learner loan. Find out more about fees and funding.
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