Early Years Educator (level 3 Diploma)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 2882 Conc £0 Full £2882

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 09:30 - 15:30 36 MAC 17/09/2019 14/07/2020 CC1075

What will the course cover?

The qualification is structured into four themes, each theme is made up of a number of units. Theme 1: Health and well-being. Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition, Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise, Support physical care routines for children, Promote children's emotional well-being, Understand how to support children who are unwell Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice. Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children, Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children, Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice, Working in partnership Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness. Understand the value of play in early years, Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children's learning and development ,Promote enabling play environments, Developing children's emergent literacy skills, Developing children's emergent mathematical skills, Support children's transition to school, Develop children's cognitive skills, Promote children's speech, language and communication, Promoting children's physical development, Promoting children's personal, social and emotional development, Support children with additional needs, Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children, Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children's needs Theme 4: Professional development. Engage in professional development

Who is the course for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either wishing to work in early year’s education and care, or already working and wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge. The new CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification has been approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. This qualification sets the standards that all early years practitioners must meet to ensure that they are able to support and promote children’s early education and that children develop correctly taking care to see that they are kept safe and healthy. The course promotes teaching and learning to make sure that children have the skills they need to start school with a broad range of knowledge. The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) training course and subsequent qualification will enable you to enjoy childcare work in partnership with colleagues, parents/carers or other professionals.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To gain entry to this course, you must attend an interview and complete the skills assessment. You will need to be able to read and write at Level 2. New English/Maths requirements - ask for more information on this requirement on application. Learners will need to be working or volunteering in a nursery, school crèche or children's centre as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Applicants must have undergone an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB).

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain the licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as: Assistant in Children's Centres, Practitioner in nursery schools, Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, Pre-school worker.

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 1 day per week for 34 weeks (three terms). You will learn in a small group (maximum class size of 12). You will have tutorial sessions once a term with your tutor and regular meetings with your assessor depending on the level of support as an individual learner. You will be expected to take part in enrichment activities, and presentations of research topics as identified by the course tutor.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals and placement diaries. You will also be required to complete 350 hours placement, either paid or voluntary in a childcare environment working with children from birth to 5 years. You will be given further details at induction. Homework will be set by your tutor, and assignments as set by CACHE will need to be researched and submitted by deadline dates as set by the tutor.

How will my progress be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of activities, including: Assignment, Evidence portfolio, Observations of your performance in the workplace, Satisfactory reports from your work placements, Completion of a longitudinal study (child observation). This course requires you to have a regular work placement in an appropriate childcare setting or settings. Your assessor will visit you at the setting to observe your practice (a minimum of 3 times). You will also be required to have professional discussions. You must pass all the units to achieve the full qualification. You will also have tutorial sessions once a term with your course tutor, and will complete learning journals throughout the course.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

The course can lead directly to jobs in early years care and education. On completion of your CACHE Level 3 Diploma, you will be able to progress onto a foundation degree/higher education, such as the CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young people’s workforce or other higher level Early Years qualifications. Once you have your Early Years Educator qualification you will have a full authorisation to practise as an Early Years Educator. You may find work with voluntary and private agencies or with families, as a Nursery assistant, Classroom assistant, Pre-school assistant or a Nanny.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

All assessment and registration costs are included in the course fee, and we will provide stationery as needed. The recommended text and materials will be given to you when you start the course. During the course, you will come into contact with children. To ensure their safety and yours, you will need a favourable Disclosure & Barring Service check and registration. If applicable, we will ask for the check and registration to be made before the start of the course.

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books will be given to you and periodicals may be available from your local Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.