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Qualification name Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation NCFE
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date Flexible
Cost description This course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs offer and may be funded by the government for eligible adults. Check for eligibility at Free courses for jobs - GOV.UK (
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

This course is for anyone aged 16+ who would like to work with babies and young children from birth to 5 years. It will prepare you to enter employment or you could use it as a stepping stone to higher education courses. A two year course, you work towards the Certificate in year 1 leading to the Diploma in year 2. Working with young children is challenging and requires sensitivity, patience and the ability to work well with others.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above including English or maths or a related Level 2 work related course at Merit.

View the key features of this course.

You'll learn about child development from conception to seven years. You'll get an understanding of children's physical and emotional needs and be aware of the principles of safeguarding and child protection. You'll know how to support children with additional needs and understand routines to follow when children are ill in your care. You'll explore the concept of play and learn how to support the development of literacy and numeracy, as well as your role in preparing children for starting school. You'll look at perspectives on childcare and education from beyond the UK and discover the range of professionals that work in partnership in early years work. You'll plan and prepare for work experience placements which will allow you to reflect on and improve your own professional practice, develop goals for your future career and get an insight into the opportunities available to you.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

Through a combination of classroom based lectures, presentations, workshops, discussions and practical work experience placements.

Find out what material you will need.


Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Through work placement observation, assignments and controlled assessment. You'll build a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge and skills.

You could go directly into employment as an Early Years Educator, Pre-School Worker, Nursery or Reception Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Playgroup Leader, Childminder or Nanny. The course offers UCAS points which enable move on toion to Higher Education courses such as a Degree/ Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies.

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Address Central Park
Haughton Road
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Phone 01325 503050

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