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York College

Who is this course aimed at?

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to gain employment with children aged from birth to five years. Learners will also gain knowledge and understanding of children aged from five to seven years.

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.


The course involves building a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency within the profession.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18+. They will also need have a minimum of six months working or volunteering within a childcare setting.

GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above.

Dates and Times

17th September 2019 - 23rd June 2020

21st January 2020 - 23rd June 2020

Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Day: Tuesdays

Course Length

34 weeks.

Course Content

The course will cover units such as: supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition. Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through exercise. Developing children’s emergent literacy. Developing children’s mathematical development. Supporting transitions to school. Developing cognitive skills. Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children. Upon completion learners will have gained a vast amount of knowledge in relation the care and education of children and fro birth to five years. The qualification will support the learner’s application in gaining employment within an early years setting.

Teaching Method(s)

Knowledge based units will be delivered within a classroom environment. Learners have a work-based assessor who will support them with the work-based element of the qualification.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment is ongoing through the completion of written evidence along with demonstrating competency within the work place.


NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).


You could progress to the following job roles and responsibility – practitioner in day nurseries, practitioner in nursery schools, and practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, practitioner in a playgroup, childminder.

Cache level 4 Certificate for the early year’s practitioner.

Foundation Degree (FD) Young Children’s Learning and Development.

Course Fees


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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