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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3 - Evening


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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3  Stephenson College - Coalvillealternate textAvailable for applications

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Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

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.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

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

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child 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

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

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

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

Advanced Learning Loan - Information on ways to fund your level 3 or above qualification - Details Here

More information about this Course

Course Overview
This Level 3 qualification 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?
Ideally you will need English Language GCSE at a 4 or above. Maths at FS Level 2 or above and two other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications in the relevant area of care to show your ability to work at this level This course covers a range of ages that you must work in, inclucding, 0-1yr 11 months, 2-2yrs 11months and 3-5yrs. You will also be observed in each of these ages.

How Long Is The Course?

15 months

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.

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. You will also be observed within the setting.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessment consists of internally set coursework and tasks as well as observations in the setting.

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.

Attendance Mode
Part Time - Evening

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area