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Early Years Educator Diploma Level 3 - Full Time
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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)
19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)
- Students studying their first level 2 course
- Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)
24+ Students (Age at 31st August)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)
- Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
- There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
- Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
- There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.
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List of benefits
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
- Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
- Wider Benefits – see list below
Wider benefits that are acceptable
In all cases the learner must:
- Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
- Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
- Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
- Show current proof of the benefit
Child Tax Credit
Child's Special Allowance
Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities
Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)
Graduated retirement benefit
Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities
Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme
Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above
Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above
War Widow's pension
Widowed Parent's Allowance
Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)
Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21
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More information about this Course
This Level 3 study programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children in a variety of settings such as nurseries, schools and play providers. This qualification will prepare you for working unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families.
The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector and you will have the opportunity to gain direct experience through work placements.
What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
You will need English Language GCSE at a 4 or above.
Plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 4 or above
Experience within a childcare environment or a Level 2 qualifications in the relevant area of care to show your ability to work at this level
Commitment to complete a 2 year course
How Long Is The Course?
What Will I Learn?
During this programme you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding, theories and philosophical approaches to how children play. You will extend your knowledge of children’s specific learning needs and the factors affecting their health and well-being. You will gain additional understanding of the legal framework in which early years providers must operate.
As part of the programme you will complete compulsory work placements totalling 750hrs which will help you link theory to practice and develop your work related skills in childcare. This will be discussed at interview and is usually organised prior to commencement of the course.
As part of your programme you will get the chance to develop your English and Maths skills and depending on your previous results take qualifications in these subjects.
How Will I Learn?
Vocational and professional qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study.
How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessment consists of internally set coursework and assignments as well as two externally set controlled assessments during the 2 years.
You will also be observed in placement to assess competencies.
Where Could This Course Lead To?
Students generally progress into full-time employment or onto HE courses, such as BA (hons) Early Years , BEd Primary Education or related degrees in Youth or Social work.
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