TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Subject Area Distance Learning and Online Courses
Attendance Online
Age Group(s) Adults

Course outline

Research has shown that the first eight years of a child’s life are critical for their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Therefore, it is vital they receive the support they need for this development.

This course will equip learners with a detailed understanding of child development, including safeguarding children and promoting their health, safety and welfare. Learners will also look at how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings, support children with additional needs, and support children’s development.

They will look at how to plan and lead play activities to support children’s learning and development and how to work in partnership with other professionals and key individuals.

Course details

This qualification is suitable for learners who work, or wish to work, with children from birth to 5 years old in a variety of settings. The qualification prepares learners for employment as Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from
birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. It develops the knowledge and skills required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged 5 to 7 years.
The qualification also provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for
learners working towards Early Years Educator status.

Learners will practice the importance of observation when working with children, promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing literacy and mathematical skills. This practice will be underpinned by knowledge in planning and reviewing, legislation and regulations and supporting children and their parents/carers. Apprentices will increase in confidence and professionalism and become a valuable member of any educational team.

Entry requirements

• Learners must be 16 years of age and above.
• Learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.
• Learners must be working in an appropriate Early Years environment for a minimum of 350 and a maximum of 400 hours, across the duration of the course. This includes placements.
• Learners must have a designated mentor within their workplace or placement, who will be responsible for observing practice

What will you learn

This course is split into eighteen
manageable units:
Unit 1: Understand child development
Unit 2: Support the holistic development of  children
Unit 3: Safeguarding and child protection in EarlyYears
Unit 4: Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children
Unit 5: Support the health, well-being and physical care needs of children in Early Years settings
Unit 6: Equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings
Unit 7: Support positive behaviour in children
Unit 8: Support children with additional support needs
Unit 9: Support attachment when working with children in Early Years settings 
Unit 10: Support children through transitions
Unit 11: Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development
Unit 12: Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in Early Years settings
Unit 13: Extending children’s learning and thinking in Early Years settings
Unit 14: Assessment and observation in Early Years settings
Unit 15: Recording, storing, reporting and sharing information in Early Years settings
Unit 16: Working in partnership with colleagues professionals and key individuals in Early Years settings
Unit 17: Continuing professional development in Early Years education
Unit 18: Competency assessments


• Gain a nationally recognised qualification
• Create a long-standing career pathway within the childcare sector
• Courses are delivered via distance learning, allowing learners to choose when and where to study
• Receive an individualised curriculum plan, created by our online Diagnostic andCurriculum Planning Tool, to maximise learners’ development
• Engaging and interactive activities that stretch learners’ thinking and help put their new, extended knowledge into practice
• Competency unit at end of course enables learners to practise the skills they have learnt• Expert curriculum tutors are assigned to provide the support learners need to succeed
• Study will develop learners’ knowledge, skills and confidence to enhance their future work and life
• Gain the experience to become an Early Years practitioner (up to £21k per annum) before progressing to become a senior in the role (up to £27k per annum)
• Progression opportunities include the Children, Young People and Families Practitioners Apprenticeship and the Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship.


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