Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

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Qualification type: Technical Certificate
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education prepares learners for the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). It provides learners with knowledge with children from birth to 7 years and practical experience working with children from birth to 5 years. Students will access 365 hours (of the 750 needed to complete the Diploma) of practical work experience covering the age ranges from birth to 5 years.

This course is delivered in 2 standalone years.  In year one you will achieve a certificate and in year two you will achieve a diploma.

For this course you will spend 2 days in placement and 3 days in college.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE subjects with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in GCSE English,  and a satisfactory school report.

You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will formally write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application. You will require a clear enhanced DBS form and Barring by Association form, otherwise you will not be accepted onto this course.

We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

The first year units are;

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
How will I be assessed

Units are assessed internally and marked by your tutor. You must achieve a D grade/Pass grade to be awarded the unit.

There will be one externally marked, controlled assessment.

When assessing competence, there will be direct observation of learners in a real work environment (placement) covering all the following age ranges:

  • 0-1 years 11 months
  • 2-2 years 11 months
  • 3-5 years
Things you may need

You will need a navy college polo shirt for placement (hoody optional) and a satisfactory DBS check.

What next

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to progress onto the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) – Year 2.

Completion of this Technical Level 3 in Childcare and Education will provide you with the following UCAS points:

Grade            Points
A*                   84
A                     72
B                     60
C                     48
D                     36

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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