This course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for employment in early years settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families in a variety of different early years settings; for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.
The course prepares you directly for employment working with children as it awards learners with a licence to practice within the Early Years sector and leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status. This licence is needed for working in a variety of settings. This is the recommended level of qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 8 as a Keyworker or Nursery Assistant in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary school.
This course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career within the Early Years sector and will provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. You will learn about child development, play, physical care needs and health and safety as well as developing study skills, self-confidence and communication skills through group work, role plays, presentations and work experience.
The Level 3 National Extended Diploma is made up of a number of units of study, these include:
5 GCSEs at A*-C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language, Maths and a DBS check.
This course is assessed by mainly coursework and some external exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, examinations, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.
On successful completion learners’ may seek employment as a qualified member of an Early Years team with Early Years Educator status. Employment opportunities could include Nursery Keyworker, Teaching Assistant, Pre-school Supervisor, Family Support worker, SENCO or Nursery Teacher. Alternatively you could take on a more specialist role following study on our Foundation Degree or a full degree programme at University.
Staff and Facilities:
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is approximately £52.00.