Level 3 Technical Diploma Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator)

Start date(s):
1 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2335 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This advanced course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to work with children in an early years setting. Your mandatory work placement will also help you to apply your theoretical knowledge in a real work environment.

You will study a variety of interesting units from child development to their health and well-being, and additional needs.
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This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or enter Higher Education.


  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Learners will be assessed through various methods such as portfolio of evidence and task-based controlled assessment.

Units are assessed internally and marked by your tutor. You must achieve a D grade/Pass grade to be awarded the unit.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Students will be required to complete 385 hours, within an early years setting, across the different age ranges (see below) to achieve the Diploma. Students will be assessed through competency learning outcomes:
  • 25 hours - 0-1years 11 months
  • 130 hours - 2-2 year 11 months
  • 170 hours 3-5 years
  • 60 hours additional hours across any of the age ranges.

You could progress to a higher education qualification in a related area at New College Durham or university. Alternatively you could progress to a variety of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as a practitioner in a day nursery, nursery school, or reception class; a pre-school worker; childminder or nanny.

Meet our students

Elise Smith

Elise Smith

Elise studied childcare and education at New College Durham and is now working as a Nanny in the French Alps.

Danielle Bodham

Danielle Bodham

Danielle has now secured employment as a teaching assistant with one of the employers she did work experience placement with through college

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

Students must have a clear DBS check.
Students will have a uniform for placement which may cost around £35.

Interview Instructions

All students will be asked to attend a 1:1 interview to discuss the course. Students will be asked to bring their predicted grades and two references - one personal and one from school. Students will be offered a conditional place until the grades are attainted and the references are checked.

Entry Criteria

Students must have achieved 5 GCSE's graded A*-C (4-9), including maths and English Language.