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Early Years Practitioner

Work with children and young people and discover what shapes their development.


20 Months


Level 3

Career Sector

Early Years, Childcare & Education

Available At


Course Overview

Early Years Educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. You could work in a range of settings including full daycare, children’s centres, preschools, reception classes and as a childminder. Your main responsibility will be to contribute to the development and care of children from birth to 7 years old.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are set by the employer for each vacancy. Typically employers will ask for 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English or a relevant level 2 qualification.*

*You will have to take part in an initial assessment to determine your start point.

What will I study? 

  • A child’s development from birth to 5 years, and have an understanding of further development from age 5 to 7.
  • A range of underpinning theories and philosophical approaches to how children learn and develop.
  • The importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, fully reflecting cultural differences and family circumstances.
  • The importance to children’s holistic development of - speech, language and communication - personal, social and emotional development - physical development.
  • How to develop an early intervention for Maths and Literature.
  • How to plan and lead activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes.
  • The needs, interests and stages of development of individual children and how to identify them.
  • How to track a child’s progress to plan next steps and shape learning opportunities.
  • The care needs of an individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care
Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

Why study with us?

What could I do next? 

Secure a job as a room leader, nursery nurse or with additional experience, become the manager of an early years setting.