Early Years Educator NVQ Level 3

Cost Duration
£1 500 Approximately 2 years

Course Summary

The Early Years Educator (EYE) is for people who work with young children in childcare settings such as nurseries or childminding practices. It is a work-based course designed for those who are studying in the work place, including apprentices.

The qualification reflects the Government’s new standard in childcare and is the new qualification which gives recognition and accreditation to become an Early Years Practitioner in a setting counting in Level 3 ratios.

Progression

  • The qualification will lead to becoming a qualified Early Years Practitioner in a range of settings including nurseries, pre-school, children centres, to list but a few.
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Entry requirements

  • The experience and opportunity to be working with children from 0-5 for at least 9 hours a week.
  • A recommendation from your place of work may be required as part of the initial assessment process.
  • You will come into contact with children during this course. To ensure their safety and yours, you must have a favourable DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check – for details, see https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.
  • To work as a qualified Level 3 Practitioner, you must have GCSE grade A-C, Level 2 Functional Skills or equivalent in both maths and English. If you don’t already have these, you will need to achieve one subject before starting this course and work towards the other alongside the EYE qualification. We can give you help and advice about maths and English courses at New College.
  • To work as a qualified Level 3 Practitioner, you also need to obtain your Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. New College runs these courses each term.
  • Setting managers need to agree to an assessor coming to the work place and using work products as part of your assessment. You may wish to ask parents’ permission to use observations of their children as part of the course. We also ask that settings provide a qualified role model/ mentor who can assist you in your studies and share feedback with your assessor.

Course content

The course is broken down into 3 themes with 23 mandatory units all relating to up-to-date practice with children.

The 3 themes are:

  • Theme 1: Health and Well-being - this includes, healthy eating, exercise and hygiene.
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice - including health and safety and safeguarding.
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness - looking at how children develop across all areas, childcare theory and the importance of play, including a longitudinal study of a child’s development across the areas

Each theme covers childcare theory and knowledge, as well as workplace skills and practice.

The course involves working with young children from three different age groups – under 2 years, 2 years, and 3-5 years. You will demonstrate your ability to implement activities and observe children in each age range.

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 24 months
  • Start anytime
  • An assessor will work with you in your workplace in order to gather the appropriate evidence. They will usually visit you every 3-4 weeks and plan their visits in advance to accommodate your work pattern and activities.
  • You will demonstrate your knowledge and practice to your assessor through:
    • Completing written assignments to show your understanding of the theory and legislation involved in childcare
    • Engaging in discussion with your assessor about your practice and childcare theory to demonstrate your knowledge
    • Planning, implementing and evaluating activities with children covering different areas of learning and age ranges   
    • Completing a longitudinal study with a range of observation methods
    • Reflecting on your own personal practice and development
  • You will have your own set of performance standards, so you are aware of exactly what is expected of you in every unit and your assessor will always agree a plan of work with you for each visit to allow you to study and prepare.
  • There are evening classes weekly on Wednesdays 7-9pm where we discuss the relevant theory or legislation behind each unit. We will also offer links to the most up-to-date guidance and legislation. Your assessor will review your progress with you approximately every three months.

Costs and Resources

  • From £1,500 dependent on location
  • The qualification is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government covers the course fees and repayments are only made once you are earning £21,000 or more.  More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

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