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Early Years Educator Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) replaces the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and is for experienced early years practitioners who are working in a supervisory capacity. 

On successful completion of the course you will be able to work as an Early Years Educator. 

Course content

You will study the following mandatory units: 

  • Developing effective study skills 
  • Promote partnership working with parents 
  • Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children 
  • Principles of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years settings 
  • Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector 
  • Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings 
  • Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting 
  • Promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting 
  • Promoting the health and safety of children 
  • Promote children’s speech, language and communication development 
  • Support organisational requirements for recording, storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting 
  • Supporting children’s creative and imaginative play and experiences 
  • Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector 
  • Continuous professional development using reflective practice in the early years sector 
  • Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector 
  • Child development from conception to 7 years 
  • Observation and assessment in the early years sector

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above), including English and Maths (or equivalent) and a suitable work placement where you have a supervisory role as an early years practitioner, for at least 12 hours a week. 

You will also need a DBS check and 2 suitable references. 


This course will be 40% practical and 60% theory. 

You will be expected to attend monthly workshops where you will be taught in a variety of ways, including group and class discussion and practical activities. 
Most units require production of a portfolio of evidence comprising both written assignments and assessment of your competence in the workplace. 
Your practice and procedures will be observed in your workplace by an assessor. 
Some units are knowledge-based and the assignments for these units are set by the awarding body and graded Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. 
There are no exams for this qualification.

Financial information

You may want to purchase text books to accompany your course, these will be approximately £20. 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs. 

Future opportunities

When your professional role is appropriate you may wish to continue your learning onto the Foundation Degree in Applied Studies (Early Childhood). 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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