Level 3 Childcare – Early Years Educator Diploma

Enhance your knowledge to give back more to children

Advanced Childcare Apprenticeships Qualification (formerly NVQ Level 3 in Childcare)

If you are employed in a childcare setting and have experience within an Early Years environment, this qualification will be ideal. You will be in a great position for this course if you have achieved the Level 2 Childcare Certificate.

By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate proficient knowledge and understanding of working with children, supervise other staff and work with children independently.

Earn while you learn >>

If you’d like to earn while you learn Level 3 can be taken as an apprenticeship, these are fully funded for learners, meaning that you can develop your career in childcare for free with Parenta Training (subject to conditions*).

*Submission of an application does not imply acceptance by Parenta training, or guarantee funding availability

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The course visits many areas including:

  • Childcare training to develop your skills and learn new ones
  • Covers key work skills such as communication, first aid and employment rights and responsibilities
  • Build knowledge through work experience
  • Includes the Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification and functional skills

Main subject areas for Level 3 include:

Health And Safety
Equality And Inclusion
Child Development
Creative Development
Personal Development

Studying and assessment

It’s important to us that you are motivated and enthusiastic about your course. Your assessor will provide full support and feedback and visit you on-site, so your workplace observation is in a familiar setting.

You will have access to e-learning tutorials and resources so you’re able to easily fit studying around your work, social and family commitments.

How much does the course cost?

If you are aged 16 and over, living in England and not in full time education, the course is fully funded by the government if taken as an Advanced Apprenticeship. This is subject to meeting certain  eligibility criteria.

If you don’t qualify for government funding and you’re aged 24 or older, you have the option of applying for an Advanced Learning Loan to fund the Early Years Educator Diploma.  Let us know you situation here, and we’ll let you know if we can help!

Typical timetable

The course is made up of 65 credits and should be completed in 18 months.


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