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Level 3 Diploma in

Early Years Workforce

Course Information

Through this Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce qualification, you can benefit from developing your skills and knowledge in early years. Further enhancing your employability and career prospects within the industry. This course is delivered as a hybrid of face-to-face tutor support, online workshops and eLearning content, allowing you to work at your pace. Once you achieve your diploma, you will be ready to work with children aged 5 and below and will have developed an understanding of children up to 7 years old.

This Level 3 Early Years Educator course is a great way to advance your career and, here at Real Skills, we focus on giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to excel within the early years sector. This course is for those who are looking to take the next step in their roles within early years or childcare and with dedicated, expert tutor support and eLearning content you will have help and support at every stage and at a pace to suit you.

This diploma is Awarded by NCFE Cache, who are the UK specialist organisation for children and adult care, and is recognised by the DfE as “Full and Relevant” meaning it reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children. This course for Level 3 Early Years Educator is the leading qualification for anyone looking to work as a childminder, nursery practitioner or pre-school childcarer.


To complete this qualification, you need to have a placement in a voluntary or paid capacity within an early years setting. A placement is needed for a minimum of 350 hours over the duration of the course, this can be completed across 1 or more settings.

Course Objectives

This course, delivered by Real Skills, allows students of all ages and abilities to benefit from practical, hands-on experience within the early years sector to build on your skills and knowledge they need to excel. Applying for this Level 3 diploma, you will enhance your skills and knowledge and as part of the course you will cover 4 key themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being

  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

  • Theme 4: Professional development

How long will the course take to complete?

The course has been assigned approximately 486 guided learning hours. You should reasonably expect the course to take you 18-24 months to complete, although the course can be completed faster if you are able to dedicate more time to your studies.

How to apply

For more information about how to apply for this course, please contact us by clicking the button below and completing the enquiry form.