Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Early Years | Level 3

Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)


This course seeks to develop skills and knowledge for a wide range of careers that involve the care and education of young children, including nursery nurses, early years workers and teaching assistants, and provides fully-qualified status within the sector.


Early Years

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (new grading 4-9), including English and/or maths, and appropriate subjects. Or, Full Level 2 vocational qualification, and GCSE English Grade C/grade 4/Functional Skills Level 2, with GCSE maths Grade D/Functional Skills Level 1.


19+ Advanced Learner Loan available for this course.

Progression and Careers

Upon successful completion of the course, you could opt to study further professional qualifications in early years or primary teacher training, nursing or social work, as the course has a UCAS accreditation of up to 420 points.

You will also be able to apply to study the Foundation Degree in Children's and Young People's Services (available at the college), with progression to BA (Hons) Education Studies, or gain employment in a childcare setting (as a nursery nurse, teaching assistant or early years worker).

Where you will study

Main Campus


1 Year

What you will study

  • Child development
  • Children's health and wellbeing
  • Understanding children's additional needs
  • Reflective practice for professional development.


You can look into careers in Early Years , by visiting National Careers Service website

National Careers Service: Job Profiles

The Job Profiles search will give you information on the following:

  • the skills and qualifications needed to get into that job
  • what the work would be like
  • the pay you could expect
  • what the career prospects are


To apply for Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) , use the online application form or call 0151 477 5850 for more information.

Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted and given a date for your Interview Evening. Learner Services Advisers and course tutors will be available to speak with you and provide advice, guidance and information about College life.