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Training Qualifications UK- Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)

  • Ofqual Regulated
  • Meets DfE requirements for staff:child ratios
  • Ofsted Recognised
  • Assessor Support
  • Qual No: 601/7670/2/ UCAS points: 32
  • Limited time only- Free CPD Safeguarding Children Course upon purchase
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About this Course

Are you determined to attain the esteemed status of a full practitioner as an early years' educator, commonly known as EYE? Look no further, as the ideal path to realising this goal lies within our Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma.

Course Overview: Our Training qualifications UK accredited Level 3 Diploma is your gateway to thriving in a multitude of roles within the early years setting. Whether your aspirations lead you to nurseries, pre-schools, home-based childcare, childminding, nanny services, or the role of an early years educator, this course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Guidance from Experienced Tutors: Throughout your educational journey, you won't be alone. An experienced tutor will be by your side, providing guidance and support every step of the way. Your progress will be assessed through a well-rounded mix of methods, including written assignments, work product evidence, professional discussions, witness testimonies, and observations.

Course Highlights: As you navigate through the curriculum of this Ofsted-approved and TQUK-accredited Early Years qualification, you will delve into the following key areas:

  • Promoting the health, safety, and welfare of young children.
  • Cultivating positive behaviour and creating a nurturing and secure learning environment that fosters growth and development.

Your Path to Success: Embarking on a rewarding career in the early years sector requires nothing more than this qualification and your Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths. With both credentials in hand, you will meet the criteria for the Level 3 staff-to-child ratio in childcare settings. While prior experience working with children or holding a Level 2 qualification in childcare is recommended, this course opens the door to your dreams.

Endorsement and Recognition: Upon completing this course, you will proudly receive the prestigious TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce - Early Years Educator (RQF). This qualification carries the endorsement of Ofsted and fully aligns with Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements, ensuring that your qualifications are recognised and accepted in the industry.

Your journey towards becoming a proficient early years educator begins here. Enroll in the Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma today and take the first step towards a rewarding career dedicated to nurturing and shaping the future of our youngest learners.

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Why take this course?


Upon completing this Level 3 Early Years Educator Course, candidates will be able to work as registered early years practitioners in a Nursery, Crèche or Day Care centre. Candidates will be compliant and hold a relevant EYFS qualification.


TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce - Early Years Educator (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual, Accredited by Training Qualifications UK and Accepted by major regulatory bodies such as Ofsted and the DfE.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, candidates should have a job secured as an early years educator in a nursery or childcare setting and should be at least 16 years of age to begin this Level 3 Early Years Educator Course.

What can I do with this qualification?

Having attained the status of a qualified Level 3 early years educator, you'll have access to various employment opportunities, such as:

  • Nursery nurse
  • Children's centre worker
  • Early years educator
  • Early years teacher
  • Private nanny
  • Childminder
  • Playschool attendant

Key Information

Course Duration

This Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Educators can be completed in just 9- 12 months; however, candidates will have a total of 12 months should they wish to pace themselves.

Course Location

The course is completed as a distance learning course based on our online learning portal. You can complete your online childcare course whenever and wherever you like, as long as you have an internet connection.

Course Support

Throughout your journey, your assessor will be available to support you on your course over the phone, by email and by our messing system. All our assessors have years of experience working in early years settings and will have full understanding of EYFS


How it works

Step 1: Course Enrolment - you will need to complete a short enrolment and telephone induction to start  

Step 2: Starting the course - your assessor will introduce themselves and issue you with your first assessment plan 

Step 3: Submitting Work - when you have completed an assignment, you can upload it to your course portal for your assessor to mark your work and give you feedback. Feedback  will be displayed on your portal and emailed to you for ease of reference

Step 4: Getting Help - when you need help, you can contact your assessor with questions any time as well as being able to get in touch with our customer support team between 9 am and 6 pm Mon - Fri.  

Step 5: Completion - once you and your assessor are confident that you have met the criteria in each unit,  your portfolio goes into the IQA stage which takes approximately 9-12 weeks. After this stage, we will be able to claim your certificate.

How do I log into my course?

Approximately 15 minutes after purchase, you will receive your login details (Please check Spam folder) by email, including a link and instructions to log into your course. You can also find your learning portal by clicking on the ‘student login’ button on our website or by clicking here; lms.thelearningstation.co.uk.

Where can I find course units?

Mandatory Units:

Unit 01 - (R/506/9343) Understand child development

Unit 02 - (Y/506/9344) Support the holistic development of children

Unit 03 - (K/506/9347) Safeguarding and child protection in early years

Unit 04 - (T/506/9349) Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children

Unit 05 - (T/506/9352) Support the health, wellbeing and physical care needs of children in early years settings

Unit 06 - (F/506/9354) Equality, diversity and inclusion in early years settings

Unit 07 - (J/506/9355) Support positive behaviour in children

Unit 08 - (D/506/9345) Support children with additional support needs

Unit 09 - (H/506/9346) Support attachment when working with children in early years settings

Unit 10 - (M/506/9348) Support children through transitions

Unit 11 - (K/506/9350) Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development

Unit 12 - (M/506/9351) Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in early years settings

Unit 13 - (A/506/9353) Extending children’s learning and thinking in early years settings

Unit 14 - (L/506/9356) Assessment and observation in early years settings

Unit 15 - (R/506/9357) Recording, storing, reporting and sharing information in early years settings

Unit 16 - (Y/506/9358) Working in partnership with colleagues, professionals and key individuals in early years settings

Unit 17 - (D/506/9359) Continuing professional development in early years education

When will I have my induction?

You will get a call to arrange your induction within days of completing the enrolment process. the induction will go through your chosen course, advise on suitability, Help you choose your optional units and pathways, explain what is expected from your work, provide training on the use of our system and answer any questions that you have. The Induction will take place over the phone.

When will my work get marked?

You can expect any work submitted to be marked within 14 days marking and feedback may take longer if you submit more than 3 assignments in a month.

Are there any classes or learning materials?

All our courses are delivered online so no Classroom learning, We have some learning resources but as our qualifications are vocational and work-based courses, you are expected to conduct research and gain skills, knowledge and understanding from your working environment. Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans, which may include guidance and materials, as well as provide constructive feedback on the work that you complete.

When will I hear from my tutor/assessor?

Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans with work to complete, as well as their contact information. They will not reach out to you if you are not doing your work, you need to get in touch if you are having trouble with your assignments.

Your assessor should respond to any messages from you within just 3-working days, but it is usually sooner. If you have sent your assessor a message and you haven’t heard back from them, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

How will I be assessed?

This qualification requires an assessment of both competence and knowledge. Throughout your TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) course, you will be assessed through a variety of methods:


  • Written assignments and coursework
  • Having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace
  • Direct observations of you carrying out work-related tasks
  • Professional discussions over the phone
  • Supplying us with work product evidence.



What are the Staff Qualifications and Ratios?

Level 2

For anyone who has a level 2 early years qualification that they attained after 1st September 2019, provided that this meets the level 2 relevant and full criteria, they can be counted towards the staff to child ratio at level 2.


Level 3

For a staff member who has a level 3 qualification from 1st September 2014, provided they meet the full level 3 relevant criteria, they can also be counted towards the EYFS staff to child ratio at level 3.


Higher levels

For those staff members who have a qualification in early years at the level of four or five (completed as part of a level 6 course) if that four or five level qualification is not listed as meeting the relevant and full criteria, they will not be able to be part of the EYFS staff to child ratio at level 3.



The DfE has a list of qualifications which meet their criteria allowing the holder of that qualification to count as part of the staff to child ratio according to the regulations set down by the EYFS. If you are not sure whether your qualification qualifies you to work in the early years setting then you can check this early years qualification list:

early years qualifications list

When will I get my certificate?

On completion of your course, there are steps that we must take to quality assure your qualification to then send to the awarding organisation.

  1. The Assessor must review your work in full before submitting it to our IQA, this usually takes around 2 weeks.
  2. The IQA will review any requests within 1-months, but this is usually sooner. If there are actions on your portfolio it will be sent to the assessor for them to complete, and then these steps will be repeated.
  3. Once the IQA has quality checked and approved your portfolio for external sampling by the awarding body, the office will submit the claim for your certificate within 5 working days.
  4. The awarding body will usually issue a certificate within 2-weeks from this point; however, they may request sampling of your work, in which case it can be up to one month.
  5. The usual duration is 1-2 months from completion.

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