Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education - Early Years Educator

Your Unique Experience

An Individual Learning Plan will be designed for your needs.

Assigned a Personal Tutor and a Progress Tutor who specifically look after your pastoral and course requirements.

The course also includes guest speakers and educational visits.

Assessments are in a variety of ways including discussion, displays, case studies, presentations, written work and practical assessments whilst at placement.

Weekly work placement experience in a range of settings

An enhanced DBS is essential.

Course Content

Throughout the course, you will develop a range of skills and knowledge preparing you for progression into employment within the Early Years sector or onto level 3. Course units include;

Providing Safe Environments for children

Play and Learning

Observation, assessment and planning

Child development

Child Health

Understanding children’s additional need

Preparing for School Readiness

More than just a Course

If you are interested in a career working with children aged five and under in a variety of roles, Tameside College offers a range of courses to get you started in the rewarding career of the Early Years sector. The course combines work based training with college knowledge and you will attend a work placement setting for 2 days per week. This is an integral part of the course and you will complete a portfolio of evidence whilst you are on placement. The majority of the course is assessed through coursework.

Working with children can be a rewarding and challenging career; it requires enthusiasm and dedication, commitment and maturity. You should know you wish to work with children and develop new skills at both college and placement.

Learners can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) into employment or an apprenticeship. Learners often gain employment at the end of the course within a setting they have had a placement with. The course will give you the knowledge and skills to move forward into employment or level 3.

Course Format

Full Time Programme over 2 Years

Special Features

Alongside your core Childcare qualification you will study either GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English (if not already achieved at L2)

So that you can attend your weekly placement you will undergo and acquire an enhanced DBS check.

Entry Qualifications

Learners must have;

4 GCSE’s (A-C) including Maths and English or equivalent.

Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Childcare and Education or equivalent.


Full Time Employment as after the 2 years you will gain a licence to practice

You will be able to apply to various universities as UCAS points are attached to the course.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.