Childcare & Education Level 3

Success in this course will enable you to gain UCAS points in order to go to University or to work in the industry as an Early Years Educator.

Course Level:
Level 3
2 Years
Aireville Campus
Awarding Body:

Childcare has been taught at Craven College for 25 years by highly qualified Childcare Practitioners with backgrounds in day nurseries, playgroups, hospitals, schools, child-minding and neonatal intensive care. This gives you an industry perspective which is often not present on the same smaller courses at school and the depth of study in this Diploma give you the license to practice and EYE along with UCAS points if you want to go on to Degree level study.

Work experience is essential for Childcare courses. At Craven College, we provide those placements for you. Last year we sourced over 150 placements in locations such as Clitheroe, Shipley, Leeds, Bradford and Skipton due to our experienced tutors and their extensive industry links.

Childcare students need to have a warm, caring and patient nature, good communication skills, the ability to work with young children and their families in a sensitive and positive way, have creative ideas for activities and an interest in child development. These characteristics will be built on throughout the course.

  • Health & Safety & Wellbeing
  • Legislation, Frameworks & Professional Practice
  • Play, Development & Learning for School Readiness
  • Professional Development


  • First Aid (Year 2)

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 or Children’s Play Learning & Development Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English, Maths & Science GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Clear Enhanced (DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check

Your choices may include:

  • Early Years Teacher
  • Early Years Practitioner

Your choices may include:

  • Young Children’s Learning & Development FD
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