Course Content

Health and well-being:

  • 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

Play, development and learning for school readiness: 

  • 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 
  • Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Legislation, frameworks and professional practice:

  • 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


Study this course with no course fees!

This course is funded via the National Skills Fund. You must either earn less than £18,525 per year or not hold a Level 3 qualification in any subject (equivalent to 2 full A levels, an advanced technical certificate or diploma)

You must also:

  • Currently live in England
  • Resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years, for purposes other than study

Not eligible for funding? Fund your qualification with an Advanced Learner Loan with nothing to pay until you earn over £27,525 a year.  

Entry Requirements

Work Placements

Placements are required to achieve this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required in a setting working with age groups between 0-2, 2-3 and 3-5 years. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records. You will be given access to our online eLearning Platform to complete your assignments, alongside a specialist tutor who can support you throughout your qualification. You will also need a valid DBS.

Functional Skills

To qualify as a Level 3 Early Years Educator, you must hold English and Maths at GCSE A*-C, Grade 4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills. This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings.