Level 3 Early Years Educator

Early Years Educator is designed for “highly-trained professionals” working with children to ensure they are safe and healthy and develop learning skills in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage as set by Government for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Job roles may include Nursery Nurse, Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Assistant, and Childminder, working in a range of settings for example nurseries, day nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres, reception classes, and childminder premises.

An Early Years Educator:
  • Plans and supervises child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supports children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Has key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observes each child and shapes their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meets the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Works in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

15 months


£2550 or £170 a month

Entry Requirements:

Learners should be at least 16 years old and should have the ability to manage the requirements of the level of the qualification; candidates will be required to undertake the Initial Assessments before confirmation of place on course. Learners must be employed in a suitably Early Years setting for more than 16 hours a week.

Course Content:

To be awarded the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator, learners are required to successfully achieve a minimum of 23 credits.

The units are as follows:

  • Unit 1.1 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Unit 1.2 Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Unit 1.3 Support physical care routines for children
  • Unit 1.4 Promote children’s emotional well-being
  • Unit 1.5 Understand how to support children who are unwell
  • Unit 2.2 Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection, and welfare of children
  • Unit 2.3 Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Unit 2.4 Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity, and inclusive practice
  • Unit 2.5 Working in partnership
  • Unit 4.1 Engage in professional development
  • Unit 3.1 Understand the value of play in Early Years
  • Unit 3.2 Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
  • Unit 3.4 Promote enabling play environments
  • Unit 3.5 Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
  • Unit 3.6 Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
  • Unit 3.7 Support children’s transition to school
  • Unit 3.9 Develop children’s cognitive skills
  • Unit 3.10 Promote children’s speech, language, and communication
  • Unit 3.11 Promoting children’s physical development
  • Unit 3.12 Promoting children’s personal, social, and emotional development
  • Unit 3.13 Support children with additional needs
  • Unit 3.14 Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
  • Unit 3.15 Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs
Progression Opportunities

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Please note, you will need Maths and English at GCSE Grade A*-C or equivalent to count in ratio at Level 3, as required under the EYFS.

Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
  • Home based child carer

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