Early Years Educator – Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
Early years practitioners specialise in education and childcare for children aged 0 to 5 years. The role is perfect for you if are passionate about education and would love to work with young children and infants.
Early years practitioners are sensitive to the needs of others, are well organised, have good communication skills and the ability to stay patient, calm and alert in stressful situations. This course will help you to develop those skills and gain a qualification to help you progress into employment.
Like our Level 2 in Early Years Education, this Level 3 Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will introduce you to the theory behind learning and development. Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will also help you gain a more advanced understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Perfect if you want to work in a specialised or management role in early years.
- GCSE in English at grade 3/D or above or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in literacy
GCSE in maths at grade 3/D or above or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in numeracy
If you are not already working in childcare or early years, you will need to find a placement of at least 2 days per week
DBS clearance to work with children
What will I achieve?
If you complete this course successfully you will receive a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).
What will I learn?
Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Support physical care routines for children
Promote children’s emotional well-being
Understand how to support children who are unwell
Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Working in partnership
Engage in professional development
Understand the value of play in early years
Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
Promote enabling play environments
Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
Support children’s transition to school
Develop children’s cognitive skills
Promote children’s speech, language and communication
Promoting children’s physical development
Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
Support children with additional needs
Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
And you will undertake a longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs
How is the course taught?
Classroom based theory
Work experience in a childcare setting
How am I assessed?
Completion of a portfolio of evidence containing
Direct observations by an assessor
Work experience opportunities
You should work at least two days a week in a childcare setting where you are already employed or find yourself. In placement, you will be supported to put your new knowledge into action and work alongside qualified practitioners as part of a team.
You will develop an understanding of the role and practice the skills you need. There will be a range of activities to complete with the children as part of your portfolio which will help you to demonstrate your competency to work with children to employers.
English and Maths
We can support you to develop your English and maths skills alongside your course. English and maths skills are essential to support children develop their literacy and numeracy skills.
You will develop your skills in practical scenarios. There will be lots of records to update and you may be involved in ordering and monitoring financial issues or budgets once employed.
Where can I progress?
You could apply for job roles within Early Years settings or progress onto the Newcastle College University Centre Higher Education programme such as Foundation Degree in Children and Young People.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in [SUBJECT AREA]
Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
- Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
- Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
- Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
- Undertakes pastoral duties.
- Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development.
- Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline.
- Maintains records of students.
- Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
- Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
- Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects.
Median Salary£46,457 View more
Special needs education teaching professionals
- Discusses student.
- Updates and maintains students.
- Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.
- Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline.
- Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress.
- Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability.
- Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student.
- Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student.
- Assesses student.
- Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students.
Median Salary£43,982 View more
Nursery nurses and assistants
- Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
- Writes reports on children.
- Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
- Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
- Supervises young children at mealtimes.
- Baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.
Median Salary£18,977 View more
Childminders and related occupations
- Complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.
- Maintains appropriate records of children.
- Takes older children to and from school.
- Takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings.
- Provides, supervises and participates in children.
- Mends, washes and irons children.
- Plans, prepares and serves children.
- Changes babies.
- Assists children to wash and dress.
Median Salary£20,305 View more
- Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.
- Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use.
- Organises and supervises children.
- Organises and supervises children on excursions.
- Encourages children.
- Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children.
- Supervises children.
Median Salary£18,795 View more
Houseparents and residential wardens
- Keeps records and writes reports.
- Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
- Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
- Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
- Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
- Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
- Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.
Median Salary£24,195 View more
- Supervises and accompanies children who are taking part in a theatrical, television or film production.
- Communicates with colleagues and maintains accurate records.
- Supervises contact between parents and separated children.
- Organises toilet and meal stops, as appropriate.
- Supports and secures chair bound clients.
- Transports clients safely and securely between approved destinations.
Median Salary£19,814 View more
School midday and crossing patrol occupations
- Directs children to cross the road when safe.
- Signals approaching traffic to stop by using hand signals and school crossing signs.
- Waits for a safe gap in traffic and walks to the centre of road.
- Meets children wanting to cross the road and directs them to wait at the kerb.
- Assists young children with feeding, dressing, washing and toiletry activities.
- Cares for sick children and administers first aid if necessary.
- Supervises the playground activities of children during meal and break times.
Median Salary£19,294 View more
Careers Advisers and Vocational Guidance Specialists
- Monitors progress and welfare of young people in employment and advises them on any difficulties.
- Organises careers forums and exhibitions and establishes and maintains contact with local employers, colleges and training providers.
- Liaises with employers to determine employment opportunities and advises schools, colleges or individuals accordingly.
- Visits educational and other establishments to give talks and distribute information regarding careers.
- Advises on appropriate courses of study or avenues into employment.
- Uses an interview, questionnaire and/or psychological or other test to determine the aptitude, preferences and temperament of the client.