Early years educator


The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.


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




Upon achievement of this qualification learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • Assistant in Children’s Centres
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker


With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting. Learners can also progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher-level early years qualifications.




Full funding may also be available if you are earning below the low-wage salary threshold, advance learner loans are also available. Please speak to us for further details.



16 Months (Timetable available following enrolment)

START date

Thursday 30 September 2021




Our online Information Sessions, provide further course information and the chance to discuss your career progression.

The sessions include a presentation by the Programme Manager providing insight into the learning programme; you’ll have the opportunity to speak to the course tutors at the end of the session.

Our next sessions will be taking place on:

  • Thursday 19 August – 6PM
  • Thursday 2 September – 6PM

Register your interest by sending your details to nsherwood@hartld.co.uk

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