Early Years Education Level 3 Course

Lifetime's RQF Early Years Educator Diploma Level 3 is a nationally recognised qualification based on national occupational standards. 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.

Our expert trainers have professional experience in the early years sector and will help you throughout your learning journey with 1-2-1 support.

Can I apply for this early years course?

You’ll need to be able to work or volunteer in a child care role in order to complete this qualification.

6 -12 months
Online and Work-Based Support
  • Pay nothing up front with a Government-backed Advanced Learner Loan (no credit checks)
  • Flexible interest free installments
  • Credit/Debit Card

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Introducing the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce
Early Years Educator Course details

Subjects covered include applying the early education framework, assessment planning in early years settings, planning and leading activities and educational programmes, understanding child development and working in partnership with parents and others in early years settings. The course involves a work placement where you will be working with infants from birth to 5 years old.


Online learning will be completed through the MyLifetime online learning community, where you can access your workbooks and online resources. MyLifetime also provides instant access to expert tutors and allows you to interact with other learners. To support your journey, there are a range of materials available, including; videos, webinars, podcasts and other dynamic learning resources.

Online Support

Online support will be provided via our MyLifetime online learning community. Here you will have access to your assessment workbooks, can ask expert tutors questions and interact with other learners. There is also a range of engaging learning materials that have been designed to support your learning journey, with fresh content uploaded regularly.

Work-Based Support

You will have face-to-face visits from your trainer at key points throughout your course to keep you motivated and supported. Our formal and informal 1-2-1 sessions via phone or Skype will coach you to success.

Alongside this you will have access to friendly help and assistance through our learner helpline so you can get answers quickly if your tutor isn’t available.

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