Level 3 Childcare – Early Years Educator Diploma

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(formerly NVQ Level 3 Childcare)

The level 3 childcare course would suit you if you are currently working in a role where you carry out regular child observations and deliver planned activities for children under 5 years. This course is ideal if you want to learn how to promote a child’s physical, emotional and social development.

How do I achieve the qualification?

The EYE qualification (formerly NVQ Level 3 in Childcare) is made up of 13 mandatory units. For each of these units, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and practical skills.

Will I need to attend classes?

Great news – there are no classes to attend! Your Parenta assessor will visit you on a regular basis to observe you at work in your childcare setting and check you’re fulfilling the course requirements. You’ll also need to complete course work online too, but you can carry this out at your own pace and benefit from phone support from your Parenta assessor if there’s anything at all that you need help with.

Train me

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of ‘at home’ and ‘at work’ tasks. Before this happens, your assessor will talk with you to find out what learning style suits you best and tailor your assessments around it.

At home

  • Writing from personal experience
  • Case studies on children
  • Assignments asking you to describe/explain something
  • Reflections on how you dealt with past events

At work

  • Observations by an assessor
  • Professional discussions with your assessor
  • Feedback from your colleagues


How long will the course take me to complete?

As with anything worthwhile, this childcare course requires you to dedicate some of your time to it. This can be up to 12 months, but afterwards you’ll have the fantastic feeling of becoming a professionally recognised Early Years Educator and set yourself up for a long and rewarding career.

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