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.

It is only the Level 3 Early Years Educator entry requirements that have changed and individuals must hold GCSE A*-C grades in English and Maths prior to enrolling on this qualification.

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.