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Early Years

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    Ideal if: you have a flair for building relationships with children and you want to progress on to university or enter employment working with children.

    You’ll learn: how to observe children and plan activities, health and wellbeing, legislation, curriculum frameworks and professional practice and development.

    Expect: lots of support to reach your full potential, while learning all the practical skills to be an early years professional.

    You’ll love: our annual careers fair to meet industry specialists including employers, universities and employment agencies. Plus, placement opportunities which often lead to employment.


    This course 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. You will study: • Health and well-being • Legislation frameworks and professional practice • Play development and learning for school readiness • Professional development

    "Teachers set high expectations for all students, plan learning well and make good use of the results of initial assessment to meet students’ individual learning needs.” (Ofsted, 2016)

    The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) is a nationally recognised qualification which will enable learners to progress into employment with pre-school children.

    The course is two years in length and you will be required to attend 2 different placement settings for a total of 750 hours during this period. The College Placement Officer will be able support you in finding these placements.

    You will need to complete and pay for a DBS check in order to attend the placement requirements of this course.

    Your performance in your placements will be assessed- alongside this there will be the assessment of knowledge through three externally set assessments, and ongoing coursework set by your class teachers. You will also undertake a longitudinal study, where you will follow and observe a child's development needs and interests.

    You will continue to improve your maths and English skills to support young children in the workplace.


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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.