About this qualification
- Are you working or volunteering in an early years setting?
- Looking for the next step in your Early Years training?
- Want to develop a deeper understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and early education?
This is the ideal qualification for anyone who is looking to work in Early Years settings. It covers the fundamental elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and will enable you to develop highly practical skills and knowledge that you can apply every day in your work with young children.
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification is broken down to 4 themes, covering the essential knowledge and skills relevant to the Early Years:
- Health and well-being
- Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
- Play, development and learning for school readiness
- Professional development
Who is this qualification suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to work in the Early Years sector.
You must be at least 16 years old and have a good standard of written and spoken English.
How does it work?
You will be assigned a Personal Support Tutor (PST) who will support you throughout your qualification and assess your work. You will be sent a textbook and candidate handbook which you can use throughout the qualification, as well as having your own online portfolio. This portfolio is a streamlined, easy to use system where you will be able to access your eLearning, submit your work and track your progress throughout the qualification.
How will you be assessed?
The knowledge elements of the course will be assessed through assignments which you will submit to your online portfolio, which your Personal Support Tutor will assess for you.
If you are based in the UK the practical elements of the course will be covered through a combination of direct observation by a Teaching Assistant College Assessor, and reflective diaries and professional discussions.
If you are based in at International setting the practical elements of the course will be covered through a combination of short observations by your mentor, reflective diaries and professional discussions.
You will also need to complete a longitudinal study as part of the qualification, observing, planning for and reflecting on the development of two different children.
How long does it take?
You will be given 18 months to complete this course, but it can be completed quicker if you are able to put more time into your studies.
Will I need a placement?
You will need a placement to complete the qualification, as you will need to demonstrate practical skills and competency in the setting. This could be in any early years settings, working with children up to the age of 5.
Who can your mentor be
If you are based in the UK your direct observation will be carried out by a Teaching Assistant College Assessor, but we still need you to have a mentor in place in your placement. Their role is to support you with specific-setting questions that your PST may be not be able to answer, such as relating to policies.
If you are based in an International setting your direct observations will be carried out by your mentor, your mentor will be expected to carry out four-six 20 minute observations during your course. Your mentor will be supported by your PST.
After completing the Level 3 Diploma, you could move on to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings, depending on your role.
You will gain your licence to practice upon completing this qualification and will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators and be included in staff ratios.
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