Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date w/c 10th Sept 2018; 9am
Duration 18 Months
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

The course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years. Upon achievement of this qualification you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator. From September 2014 the Early Years Educator qualifications became the only qualifications to confer a licence to practice.

For this course you will be required to have a placement in an early years setting.

Course costs

Costs shown are per course







This course could be free depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact the college on 01325 503030 for further information about assistance with course fees.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have 5 GCSEs grades A*- C including GCSE maths and English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification including maths and English (at a merit if graded) 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. We will request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.

You will need to have a clear Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check at Enhanced Level.


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.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by your tutor through a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, or written assignments.

You will complete a longitudinal study set by the awarding body and will need to demonstrate competency in a real work environment.

What next

Gain employment as an Early Years Educator in a range of childcare settings or further your studies with a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

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.

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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