Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are a vital backbone of children’s welfare, safety and development. Working within a range of settings including full daycare, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders, this qualification allows you to build upon your existing knowledge.

You will be responsible for the children from birth to 5, ensuring that you give them the best possible start in life and knowing you made a difference. This is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion against the new standards and will teach you how to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.

We have structured the units around three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Placements are required for the achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

Upon achievement of this qualification, you will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. You can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as Assistant in Children’s Centres, Practitioner in Nursery Schools, Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, Pre-school worker.

This course is funded through the adult learning loan – find more information here. Alternatively, you can self-fund, payments in instalments are available, please contact us for further details.


Delivered online and work placement observations

Entry Requirements

There no formal entry requirements however you should have basic English written skills. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


At the end of the course, you will receive the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Care Educator.

Who is this course for?

People employed in Childcare and seeking career progression or those seeking to enter the profession. You may already have some work experience but no formal qualifications.

Course Benefits

  • Become more specialised in your field of choice.
  • Recognised qualification.
  • The first step to progressing onto higher educational job roles.
  • Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college.
  • Personal tutors are assigned to ensure you have the support needed to succeed.

During your online learning course with LLC, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you every step of the way. In addition, you will have access to additional support when you need it to make sure you can be successful with your studies. Our online learning materials are high quality, interactive and accessible in different formats to ensure you will be successful with whatever you choose to study.

End Date

On demand


£2882. This course is funded through the adult learning loan. Alternatively, you can self-fund, payments in instalments are available, please contact us for further details.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the following quick form and we will be in contact to support you with your application. You will receive useful information about whether you are eligible for government funding, course fees and much more.

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