What is the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)?

This qualification  prepares learners to become Early Years

Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.


How is the qualification made up?

The units for this qualification are structured around four themes:

Theme 1 Health and well-being

Theme 2 Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3 Play, development and learning for school


Theme 4 Professional development

Learners must achieve 23 mandatory units (486 guided learning hours)

How will Children’s Links deliver the qualification?

The qualification will be delivered through a blended learning package.  This includes workshops, observations in the

workplace, 1:1 tutorials, distance learning packs, home study,

telephone, email and online support.  All learners are allocated their own personal tutor.   We use an online portfolio system, therefore access to a computer is preferable, though not essential.

How long will it take to achieve this qualification?

This qualification will take approximately 18 months to 2 years to complete.


What is the cost of this course?

The full cost of this qualification is £2,000.   

This can be paid in a one off payment or a payment plan arranged.

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