Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator) - Technical Diploma - Level 3

Balliol Road Campus

Course Details

This course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator. It will enable you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

This course is suitable for a range of learners, either for those currently working or those wishing to work in early years education and care or progress to university.

This course provides you with the licence to practise as an Early Years Educator.

You will attend work placements in a real work environment to support your learning.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade 9-4 (old grading system: A*-C) if you do not already have these grades.

The units of this course are structured around four themes:

Theme 1: Health and wellbeing:

  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Support physical care routines for children

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice:

  • An introduction to the role of the Early Years practitioner
  • Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness:

  • Understand the value of play in Early Years
  • Apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to play
  • Develop emergent mathematical skills of children

Theme 4: Professional development:

  • Engage in professional development

In order to achieve this qualification, you must achieve all 27 mandatory units and 3 separate externally set and marked assessments. You must also complete a recommended 730 hours of work placement. During your work placement, you will receive support from a practising Early Years Educator professional.

Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
2 years
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

This course is designed to provide you with a choice of routes into either further study at degree level or employment as an Early Years Educator, such as.

  • Pre-school worker
  • Education Support Worker
  • Play Therapist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

Aged 16-18


Aged 19+

There may be fees associated with this course.

You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)

You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Please contact our independent Careers Advisors. Call 0151 353 4444 or email