City and Guilds Diploma Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC542
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Price: £1441.00
  • Times: 18:00-21:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

Start Dates

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The Level 3 Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) is for learners who are already employed within the Early Years sector

The Level 3 Diploma Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator):

  • Covers the age range from birth to 7 years
  • Has a minimum QCF credit value of 64

Students will benefit from:

  • A clear understanding of their responsibility within the organisation
  • The opportunity to develop new skills
  • The recognition of existing skills

 About Course Fees

If you are aged 24 or over you may be able to access an Advanced Learner Loan for this course. This means you do not need to pay the course costs upfront but instead can take out a loan which you only repay when you earn over £21,000 a year. You are also able to study this course as an Apprentice which means you may be able to receive funding. Please phone 01254 29 29 29 to speak to a member of The Hub for more information about the cost of the course.

What will I study?

There are a range of topics you will cover during this qualification. These include:

  • Developing effective study skills
  • Observation and assessment in the early years sector
  • Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting
  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
  • Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector
  • Promote partnership working with parents
  • Promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting
  • Promoting the health and safety of children
  • Promote children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
  • Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children
  • Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector
  • Supporting children’s creative and imaginative play and experiences
  • Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector
  • Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early year’s settings
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings

Training will take place within the learners workplace and at Blackburn College.

The course is covered in a series of taught sessions throughout the duration of the course. These will serve to provide the underpinning knowledge evidence needed for the various units.

The course is offered on a rolling programme where there are three intakes per year (more if demand requires)

Entry Requirements
  • Requires minimum of 10 hours employment in a real work environment
  • Requires a minimum GCSE grade C in Maths and English on entry
How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence that supports your ability and competence to work with young children. Each learner will be assigned an experienced, qualified assessor to assess competency in the real work environment using methods of direct observation, questioning, case studies and workbooks. There are also 4 assignments to complete, including a longitudinal study.


What can I do next?

Students will have the opportunity to progress into Higher Education.

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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