European Social Fund

CHILDCARE & EDUCATION - LEVEL 3

Duration: 2 years
Level: Level 3
Last Updated: 28-10-21

Designed specifically for people who want to work with children from ages 0-7 this Level 3 course develops your understanding of child development, reflective practice, health and wellbeing and working with parents and other professionals. Successful completion of this course grants you a 'license to practice' as an Early Years Educator.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

First year units:

  • Child Development from Conception to 7 years
  • Children's Health & Wellbeing
  • Providing Safe Environments for Children
  • Play & Learning
  • Understanding Children's Additional Needs
  • Observation, Assessment & Planning

Second year units:

  • Professional Practice
  • Supporting Emergent Literacy & Maths
  • Preparing for School
  • International Perspectives
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development
  • Professional Partnerships in Early Years

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

You will be taught by qualified experienced practitioners in the classroom at Preston College and in an external nursery environment. Some modules may be delivered online remotely. You are also required to complete a compulsory work placement of 750 hours (over two years). These hours will be completed in a number of childcare settings, for example, in a private day nursery, primary school, special school or hospital.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment will be on-going through a combination of projects, involving cross college teams, displays and group work. If you study maths and English there are exams for these subjects. There are also two controlled assessments.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Successful completion of this two year course earns you Early Years Educator (EYE) status, which is an official ‘license to practice’ in a range of childcare settings and in a reception class in primary school or as a private nanny. There is a requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and Maths grade 4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in order to be included in employer staffing ratios.

This qualification also generates up to 112 UCAS points (depending on your grades). If you are looking to progress to university please check the entry criteria as you may also require a GCSE in Science.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

You'll need a placement uniform and a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You need five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including either English Language or maths at grade 4 with a minimum grade 3 for the other subject. To work with children you will need a full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and a good level of Maths and English. If you don’t have a grade 4 or above when you leave school we’ll build it into your timetable.

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