Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is for learners who work in, or want to work with children in Early Years.

It will provide you with the right skills to enrich the life experience for children from birth right up to their first 5 years of age. Choose one of our early years educator courses today to provide a fulfilling career supporting in the early years of a child's education.

This course will provide the opportunity to:-

* demonstrate competence as an Early Years Educator, Child Minder or Nursery Nurse

* develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in early years education

* have existing skills recognised

* achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification

* develop own personal growth and engagement in learning

It is a roll on roll off programme so you can start at anytime. The training will take place in your work setting and sessions can be carried out online.

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Units Covered

Promote children's physical development

Promote the development of positive behaviour in children

Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings

Promote children's creative and imaginative play and experiences

Working in partnership in Early Years Settings

Promote the health and safety of children

Child development from conception to 7 years

Understand emotional development and attachment in order to support transitions and significant events in the early years sector

Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children's learning and development

Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings

Support daily routines to meet babies and children's physical care needs

Promote children's speech, language, communication and literacy

Understanding the theories which underpin practice in the Early Years Sector

Support healthy lifestyles for children through hydration and nutrition

Promote the development of children's mathematical skills

Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children

Understand and engage in professional development

The Details

Duration: 18 months with an additional 3 months to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA)

Cost: The apprenticeship cost is £6,000 + VAT:

  • 16-18 Year Old Apprentices
    • Fully funded by the government
    • Plus a £1,000 incentive to the employer
  • 19-21 Year Old Apprentices
    • Fully funded by the government
  • 22+ Year Old Apprentices
    • Employer pays 5% of the total apprenticeship cost
    • Contribution Amount: 5% of £6,000 = £300 + VAT

This structure allows non-levy paying employers to take advantage of significant funding opportunities and government incentives, making it more affordable to hire and train apprentices.


Classroom Delivery: One to one in the workplace and online sessions can be carried out.

On Programme Delivery

Functional Skills: Both maths and English are required at Level 2 or relevant GSCE results

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Assessment in the Workplace

Your designated Assessor/Trainer will visit you in the workplace to support the development of your on-programme portfolio and to complete your quarterly reviews. Training can be carried out within the workplace setting and online.

Tracking Your Progress: Our electronic portfolio, OneFile will track your progress

People Involved in Your Apprenticeship

Group Quality Manager: Michelle Pointer

Assessor/Trainer: Stacey Matthias

Gateway: On completion of the on-programme learning, the employer, training provider and learner will confirm that the apprentice is ready for the End Point Assessment

Entry Requirements

Have experience or working with key children, observations, activity planning, assessing and reviewing

To work in a setting which would support a visiting trainer assessing your skills in the workplace

To be in a position to carry out 8 hours of study per week to complete the knowledge aspects of the level 3 programme

To have the appropriate of level of literacy and numeracy

To have regular access to a computer

Have a genuine desire to succeed

End Point Assessment (EPA)

EPA assessment is an Observation of Practice and a Professional Discussion.


Grading is an overall pass, must pass both elements in EPA and a distinction is 21/27 of the distinction points in the professional discussion.

Are you interested in the Diploma in Children's Learning and Development?
Please call 01752 348980 or email us using the form below

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