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Children’s Learning & Development (Early Years Educator), Level 3 Diploma at Kendal College

Course description

Early Years Educator. 

Job roles include:

Nursery Worker/Supervisor often working in a supervisory role (but not necessarily) within a nursery/early learning and childcare setting, providing care for young children.

Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant Delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage within a maintained school setting.

Course content

You will study the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) (QCF) which includes topics such as:

  • Understand Children’s Early Years Education and Development
  • Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Plan and Provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years Settings
  • Understanding How to Promote Play and Learning in the Early Years

NB; From the 1st August 2015 any persons signing onto the EYE qualification must have already gained the GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at Grade A-C. If you do not hold a GCSE Grade A-C in Maths or English you will need to achieve the necessary grade/s prior enrolling on the EYE qualification. Our success rates for mature learners taking GCSEs are very high. Please contact Student Services for more information: 01539 814700/

Any learners with grade C or above GCSE (or O level) will be exempt from doing the GCSE’s again.

Entry requirements

From the 1st August 2015 any persons signing onto the EYE qualification will be required to achieve GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at Grade A-C on completion of the course if not already held.  To confirm, any learners with grade C or above will be exempt from doing the GCSE’s again.

As the level of this qualification (L3) determines that the applicant should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the applicant should have prior experience of the sector and be employed or volunteering in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.


Suitable candidates may be expected to attend group sessions or be supported on a 1:1 basis and take part in work based assessments. Candidates will demonstrate proof of competence through their own work whilst on the programme. Methods of assessment used by the assessors are assignments, case studies, observations, witness testimonies, reflective accounts and some work products.

The candidate will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment and verification will be undertaken by the college. This will be carried out by qualified lecturers, assessors and internal verifiers.

Future opportunities

This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, etc. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years. This in turn will support the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (Graduate level).

See DfE website for further information on:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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