Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) - Technical Diploma - Level 3

This course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator. It will enable you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

This course is suitable for a range of learners, either for those currently working or those wishing to work in early years education and care or progress to university.

This course provides you with the licence to practise as an Early Years Educator.

You will attend work placements in a real work environment to support your learning.


What topics/modules are covered?

The units of this course are structured around four themes:

Theme 1: Health and wellbeing

  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Support physical care routines for children

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

  • An introduction to the role of the Early Years practitioner
  • Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

  • Understand the value of play in Early Years
  • Apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to play
  • Develop emergent mathematical skills of children

Theme 4: Professional development

  • Engage in professional development

In order to achieve this qualification, you must achieve all 27 mandatory units and 3 separate externally set and marked assessments. You must also complete a recommended 730 hours of work placement. During your work placement, you will receive support from a practising Early Years Educator professional.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 course or have 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above or have industry related experience.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

This course is designed to provide you with a choice of routes into either further study at degree level or employment as an Early Years Educator, such as.

  • Pre-school worker
  • Education Support Worker
  • Play Therapist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

What qualification will I gain?

Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:06

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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