Services for Young Children

Level 3 – course information

September 2014 saw the introduction of one new level 3 qualification for the sector - Early Years Educator. The awarding bodies (CACHE, City and Guilds, Pearson Edexcel) have each developed their own qualifications under this title, although the exact title of the qualification may be different for each awarding body. Your local college or independent training provider will have the full details of the qualification they offer.

Practitioners with existing ‘full and relevant’ level 3 qualifications do not need to undertake the new Early Years Educator qualification.

As stated in the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage 3 April 2017. To count in the ratios at level 3 staff holding the EYE qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths as defined by the Department for Education on the Early years Qualification list.

Please discuss the entry requirements with your local college or preferred training provider.

Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Playwork

There are limited opportunities in Hampshire to achieve Playwork qualifications. Independent training providers are often able to deliver them through a distance learning/work based route as required.


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