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Level 3 diplomas are work-related, competence-based qualifications which reflect the skills and knowledge required to do a job effectively.
This course requires employment in an early years setting.
Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (QCF) - Work Based
Who is this qualification suitable for?
The Level 3 Early Years Educator diploma is suitable for experienced childcare practitioners who are employed to work with children up to age 5, in a day nursery, pre-school or working as a self-employed childminder who undertake tasks associated within the industry that hold some level of responsibility. Consequently, practitioners must be working in a supervisory role or be able to work unsupervised with a minimum of two children. Childminders cannot include their own children in this minimum requirement.
This qualification also forms part of the advanced early years educator apprenticeship - details will vary - please speak to a college advisor for more information.
How long does it take to complete the qualification?
The duration of the diploma can vary depending on the individual but candidates should aim to complete within 18 to 24 months.
Which areas of work are assessed?
The diploma comprises 27 mandatory units. For this qualification the candidate would need to complete all the mandatory units across four themes.
Theme 1 – Health and Well-Being;
Theme 2 – Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice;
Theme 3 – Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness;
Theme 4 – Professional Development.
What training can be offered?
This qualification is delivered via the ‘Assess-Train-Assess’ model - candidates are assessed for competency in a work situation and where there are gaps in knowledge, the assessor will provide taught input to bring the candidate’s knowledge and/or performance up to a competent standard. Candidates may be offered a range of workshops to support their understanding.
Where is the qualification delivered?
This qualification is mainly delivered 1-1 in the workplace with the option to attend group sessions at Aspire, Lincoln College.
Candidates must have GCSE Maths and English grade C or above, in order to be counted in the staff ratio and prior to beginning this course, individuals prior achievements will be assessed as to their suitability.
Candidates must also have good verbal communication skills and have the opportunity to gain evidence for this qualification within the work place.
A minimum of 1 years experience is required working with children.
The qualification requires the candidate to be observed working with three age groups; babies under one year 11 months, children aged 2 years to two years eleven months and children aged three to five years. This may mean that placement hours will be across more than one setting.
Minimum placement hours are:
25 placement hours with babies under one year 11 months,
133 placement hours with children aged 2 years to two years eleven months and
192 placement hours with children aged three to five years.
Candidates must be employed for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
How is the work assessed?
The candidate is expected to build a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates knowledge, performance and understanding of their job role. A variety of assessment methods are used which can include: direct observation, professional discussion, work products and reflective accounts. Candidates portfolios will be electronic, known as ‘e-portfolio’s’ which allow candidates to submit evidence more easily; receive fast feedback; have continuous access to their portfolio and can easily track progress. Two, six week longitudinal studies are required to be completed on two different aged children.
Fees are assessed on an individual needs basis once contact has been made with the department.