Early Years Educator

  • Course Summary
  • Entry Requirements
  • Unit Structure
  • Funding
  • Developing Your Career

Course Start Date: September 2021

This full level 3 qualification is the license to practice and it enables the learners to join the workforce as Early Years Educators. You will be joining other learners who are keen to start learning and working in the Early years sector – all from the comfort of your home. The training will usually be delivered online with monthly ‘Master classes’ on site by our highly skilled and qualified team of trainers and assessors. You will be matched up with Early years employers to learn the practical skills – which will prepare you fully to start working as Early Years Educator immediately after the end of course. Take a look at the course content to see what you will be learning.

Why choose us:

  • We have a fantastic team of trainers, assessors and advisors who specialise in supporting learners who are looking to improve their skills and start working
  • We work closely with local and wider area employers – the employers trust us
  • We are flexible with our delivery – we deliver face to face, online and remote learning, all with no added costs
  • Our monthly ‘Master Classes’ helps learners to develop practical skills needed at work – preparing them for work from the start

Maths and English

The awarding body does not stipulate any entry requirements for this qualification. That means, you do not need to have a level 1 / 2 or any other qualification from beforehand to join this course. This also means that you do not need to have any previous experience.

Being a learning provider who focusses on getting our learners in to work – we also have to consider the regulatory requirements the employers must adhere to. To become licensed as an Early Years Educator, it is required that the learner has GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (for both) or above / or their Functional Skills equivalent.

If you do not have those, you can still complete the course, however, to start working, you will need to complete Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2 alongside this programme. We can provide you training for these too.

This is an easy to follow programme with 23 mandatory units, with a total of 61 credits to earn. The units are based around 3 themes:

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

To gain this qualification, the learner will need to achieve the following:

✓ Pass in all units

All units in this qualification are mandatory. Units will be internally assessed. We have created innovative non-mandatory tasks for all units, with the exception of Unit 3.15 (see Longitudinal Study below). These can be found in the Learner Handbook and Tutor Guidance documents on our secure site.

✓ Longitudinal Study (Unit 3.15)

This will be a mandatory task set by us. It will be internally assessed. Detailed guidance can be found in the Tutor Guidance on our secure site.

✓ Competence in a real work environment

Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete. Unit certification will be available.

For work placement, Mediprospects will support you in securing a position with a local employer by matching your skills, knowledge and personal circumstances. We have a Matrix accredited adviser team who specialise in supporting learners in securing jobs.

Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support healthy lifestyles for children.

Unit 1.2 WB: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise.

Unit 1.3 WB: Support physical care routines for children

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children’s physical care as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Unit 1.4 WB: Promote children's emotional well-being

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, skills and understanding to promote children’s emotional well-being.

Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of how to support children who are unwell.

Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children from birth to 7 years.

Unit 2.3 WB: Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support the health and safety of children from birth to 7 years.

Unit 2.4 WB: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support equality, diversity and inclusive practice.

Unit 2.5 WB: Working in partnership

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in partnership.

Unit 4.1: Engage in professional development

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to engage in professional development.

Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years

This unit provides the learner with knowledge and understanding of the value of play in Early Years in preparation for practical experience.

Unit 3.2 WB: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills which a learner needs to be able to plan, lead and review purposeful play opportunities that support children’s learning and development.

Unit 3.4 WB: Promote enabling play environments

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to contribute to enabling play environments.

Unit 3.5 WB: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop children’s emergent literacy by providing a language rich environment.

Unit 3.6 WB: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop children’s emergent mathematical development.

Unit 3.7 WB: Support children’s transition to school

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding required to support children during transition to school.

Unit 3.9 WB: Develop children’s cognitive skills

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to facilitate the cognitive development of children from birth to 7 years.

Unit 3.10 WB: Promote children’s speech, language and communication

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop the speech, language and communication of children.

Unit 3.11 WB: Promoting children’s physical development

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to promote the physical development of children from birth to 7 years.

Unit 3.12 WB: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development.

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to promote the personal, social and emotional development of children.

Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children with additional needs.

Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children.

Unit 3.15: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to carry out observations in order to assess and plan for children’s changing needs over time.

There are three options available for funding:

  • Our course is fully funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. Our team will assist you to apply for the loan. More information here.
  • Self–funding:– you can fund the course yourself if you are unable to access a Learner Loan.
  • Employer Funding:- you may be able to approach your employer for funding if you are already working in the sector. Learners often combine working with the course.
  • If you will be self-funding, the course fee may be reduced and you will be able to pay in instalments. Please speak to our advisers for more details.

University Funding

Student Finance England. How you are assessed and paid 2021 – 2022. Click here for more information.

Upon achievement of this qualification you will gain your licence to practise and it is intended that you 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 day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker

Mediprospects operates a MATRIX accredited (Since 2012) Information, Advice and Guidance Service which is available to everyone who visits the Centre without any costs. Our Careers Advisers are trained to find out about your future aspirations and map out how you can get there. If you are unsure about your next steps in learning, work or career, our Advisers can help you make decisions that are best for you.

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service can help you to:

  • Find out what you are skilled at
  • Decide about your career
  • Find work
  • Find learning opportunities
  • Build confidence
  • Prepare CV
  • Get ready for job interviews
  • Apply for University places
  • And much more

Click here to book an appointment with an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Colleague. You can also find out about your career options by visiting this website: National Careers Service.