Course: BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Department: Health and Social Care and Childcare

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This is a placement-based programme, with students developing essential skills such as observation, assessment and problem-solving. The focus is on developing the practical approaches needed to work in the sector through work experience. You’ll build your caring and communication skills, your confidence in working with young children and their families, your understanding of child development and your team-working skills.

What You Study

  • Play and learning
  • Working with parents
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Physical care and health needs
  • Working with children with additional needs
  • Keeping children safe
  • English and Maths, as required.


A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

  • One-year Extended Certificate
  • One-year Foundation Diploma
  • Two-year Diploma
  • Two-year Extended Diploma. 

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

A satisfactory reference and clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.

Lucy Brown

BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Lucy manages to hold down two jobs, working as an early years educator at a local nursery and also as a waitress, as well as her studies as she pursues her dream career working with children.