Early Years


Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £3,697 p/ year
24+ £3,697 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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NCFE Level 3 diploma for the children's work force (early year's educator) is a competence based qualification. This qualification is based on national standards and is a job ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge required to work in the childcare industry. The competence based qualification must be assessed in the workplace in accordance with the early year's educator qualification and assessment principles. Learners will be expected to complete 350 hours work placement.

Aims of the course

This qualification is a job ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate their skills and knowledge required to work in the childcare industry. Suitable for those working in nurseries, nursery schools, primary school reception classes and those registered as childminders and nannies.

Unit Breakdown

We have structured the units around three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Assessment Method

Internally assessed and externally assessed portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

Foundation degree in early years

Career Options

Work in a range of childcare sectors.

Entry Requirements

16 and over. Must have at least 5 GCSE including English and maths at grade A ? C or grade 4 A Level 2 childcare qualification Students with non-standard qualification will be directed to see the childcare team. Student are also required to have a full advanced DBS and a childcare placement.


Virtual learning areas and Inspiring classrooms. Students will also benefit from attending a range of workshops, day trips and exhibitions

Process for Application

Standard College Application

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