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The NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce is a perfect course to gain knowledge and skills relating to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Social Care and the Learning Development and Support Services sectors. This level 3  Children & Young People's Workforce (Early learning & Childcare) course is ideal for those interested in developing a career as a registered childminder or within an EYFS early learning environment.

Who is it for? Adult learners who wish to study at home and gain accreditation for working with young children
Qualification: NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare)
Location: Distance Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 300 recommended study hours - two years' tutorial support

Get qualified for a rewarding career with our Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare)

This Level 3 Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) course qualification - awarded by the NCFE - is designed to qualify new practitioners for work across the early learning and childcare Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sector, specifically with children in the pre-school 0-6 age group.

On completetion of the course you will gain an industry recognised qualification: the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce and be in a position to apply for roles within childcare, child development, a registered nursery, reception class or begin Ofsted registration as a childminder and many other roles in the early learning environment.

The course will also help you progress onto higher level studies including a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies.

Childcare courses to develop theoretical and practical skills

Childcare is an excellent example of a sector where it is vital that all workers are fully qualified to do the best job possible. Childcare and early learning courses are designed to give you a solid understanding of what is required of a practitioner working within the childcare sector and of what is conducive to a thriving environment for children and young people.

As this is a Level 3 course in childcare learning, the qualification you gain will provide you with a licence to practice unsupervised in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings.

By the end of your training you will have a solid understanding of the skills required by child carers, along with a good knowledge of the early learning education frameworks.

On this NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare) course you will learn about understanding and promoting young people’s development, supporting children and young people’s health and safety, developing positive relationships and working together for the benefit of children and young people.

You will also be required to complete a 400 hour work placement*, giving you the change to put your new knowledge to the test in a real life environment.

View a short selection of our Course Content for the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce Diploma.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A Level
  • Accredited by NCFE and approved by Ofqual to Department for Education EYFS standards
  • A Level 2 qualification must be held before starting this course. A DBS check will also be required
  • 18 QCF Units in total - to gain the full award
  • Three books containing the reading materials and an introduction guide to the Children & Young People's Workforce
  • One online book for the optional unit
  • Internally moderated by one of our IQAs and externally moderated by NCFE – this course is assessed via submitted coursework so there is no final exam
  • Approximately 300 recommended study hours plus up to 400 hours work experience – as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options
  • It is essential that you have regular access to a computer and the internet.

What is Included?

  • Two years unlimited tutorial support
  • Bespoke course materials written by industry experts
  • 24 hour access to the Home Learning College Virtual Learning Community – the UK’s biggest online campus
  • Free Career Management Centre services
  • Optional NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

To enrol on the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce course students must hold existing qualifications to level 2, must have experience of working with children and must have good verbal and written English language skills (if English is not your first language, proof of IELTS level 5.5 is required).

Governance surrounding early years learning in Scotland is different to the rest of the UK. Students looking to study in Scotland should check local requirements with their regional council. Ofsted do not regulate childcare establishments in Scotland so the work-placement cannot be completed.

Before you enrol on a Home Learning College Course, please ensure that you have read and understood the pre-requirements below:

  • You have a valid UK address - this course is not available to students outside the UK, except members of HM Forces posted overseas.
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement.
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language - minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period.
  • You have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus.
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

DBS Check Requirement

Before you start your placement working with children you will be required to pass a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This check is usually organised by your place of work.

Please note that Home Learning College is unable to arrange this check and students must ensure the proper arrangements are made either personally via an umbrella organisation or via your work placement. Whilst most early years settings will be able to undertake this check, you can make a personal application through an umbrella organisation. For further details, visit the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website. Students in Northern Ireland will require a CHDS. For further details, please visit the Northern Ireland Criminal Records Checks website.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

On successful completion of your child care training you will receive the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce. This qualification provides new practitioners with the requirements for registration and regulation adherence within the childcare sector. These regulations are set by the Department for Education based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for a full and relevant childcare development qualification.

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce is gained by successfully completing all assessments and the full workplacement and providing full workplace evidence, so there is no final exam.

This diploma qualification has been independently accredited at Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) 500/8979/1 (England), and is comparable to studying at A Level. Learning at this level is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, work independently, or in some areas supervise and train others in their field of work.

Gaining the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce will provide a real boost to your job prospects by equipping you with new skills and laying the foundations for a role within the early years or childcare sector.

You will be eligible to gain employment in a mainstream nursery or reception class or to offer independent services in this sector. This qualification will also help you progress onto higher level studies including a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies.

This NCFE Level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young Peoples Workforce course, follows the Early Years Foundation Stage. Job roles you can apply for with this qualification include Nursery Assistant, Reception Class Teaching Assistant, Playgroup assistant, Crèche worker, Childminder and any other relevant job role where you will be involved in the care of pre-school aged children. You are advised to check that this qualification is suitable for the career path you wish to follow, prior to enrolling on the course.

*Source: Payscale, January 2013


£8,344 - £27,181*

*Source: Payscale, January 2013

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*Source: Payscale, January 2013

NCFE is one of the UK’s fastest growing national awarding bodies, designing and awarding qualifications that are nationally recognised to meet the needs of learners and employers.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (the Welsh Government) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

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