Early Years Educator - Childcare Qualification

Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator)

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Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator)

Assessment Requirements

Portfolio of Evidence, Practical demonstration/Assignment

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by Innovate Awarding External Quality Advisors (EQAs).

Aims and Objectives of the Qualification

This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to work in the Early Years sector in England. It provides the knowledge and skills required for Early Years Educators.

This qualification meets the full and relevant criteria set by the National College for Teaching and

Entry Guidance

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over.

It is suitable for those who work, or want to work within the Early Years sector in England and provides learners with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and competence to care for children from birth to five years.

To count in the ratios defined in the EYFS at Level 3, learners must hold a full and relevant Early Years Educator qualification and a Level 2 qualification in English and maths. GCSEs are no longer the only recognised qualifications and now includes functional skills.

More information can be found on the Department for Education’s Early Years Educator list here.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into employment working with children from 0 to 5 years in roles such as Early Years Educator, nursery nurse, child minder, pre-school assistant. Learners could also progress to further study or training such as:

  • IAO Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) 


For details on eligibility for government funding please refer to the following websites:



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