Children and Young People's Workforce (4227)

About this level

The Level 3 diploma is aimed at those people already working in the Children and Young People sector. For example, you may be working as a childminder, day care supervisor, SureStart worker, community nursery nurse or as a learning mentor. You may or may not have some supervisory responsibilities. You want to be in sole charge of children, for example managing a room in a nursery.

You must gain a minimum of 65 credits to achieve the Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce Diploma. To do this you must achieve 27 credits from:

  • All four units of the Skills for Care and Development shared core
  • All seven Children and Young People mandatory core units.

You must then select one mandatory occupational pathway from:

  • Early Learning and Childcare (22 credits)
  • Social Care (13 credits)
  • Learning, Development and Support Services (13 credits).

The remaining credits must be achieved from a choice of optional units. Full details can be found in the qualification handbook.

All the level 3 qualifications will form part of an apprenticeship.

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway (England)  (4227-03)
Last registration date:31/08/2014
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Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:500/9170/0
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:65
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:442 - 525
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2017
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Social Care Pathway (England)  (4227-04)
Last registration date:31/08/2014
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Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Social Care Pathway
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:500/9170/0
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:65
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:442 - 525
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2017
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Learning and Development Support Services (LDSS) Pathway (England)  (4227-05)
Last registration date:31/08/2014
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Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Learning and Development Support Services (LDSS) Pathway
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:500/9170/0
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:65
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:442 - 525
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2017
Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales & Northern Ireland)  (4227-06)
Last registration date:31/12/2014
Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales & Northern Ireland)
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:501/1410/4
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:65
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:450 - 460
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/12/2017

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You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

Centres will need to organise an appropriate programme of delivery for their learners, which meets the learning outcomes and assessment criteria indicated within the units in these qualifications.

All competency based units will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence. There is a choice of assessment methods for the knowledge units. You can opt for portfolio of evidence or the assignment assigned to the knowledge unit.

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What's involved in studying this course?

The Certificate and Diplomas in Children and Young People’s Workforce and Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development cover a wide range of subjects, depending on your level and the options you choose. Topics include:

  • Understanding child and young person development
  • Context and principles for early years provision
  • Promoting the well being and resilience of children and young people
  • Supporting children and young people to achieve their education potential.

These are work-based qualifications and you will be assessed whilst working with children, young people, their families and colleagues. You must be working in a real child care setting on a full time or part time basis and in paid or voluntary work.

Is this level right for me?

Level 2
You work, or are about to work, as a nursery assistant, crèche worker or special educational needs assistant in a supporting role. You want to work with children, but you'll generally work under supervision.

Level 3
You are a childminder, day care supervisor, SureStart worker or a community nursery nurse. You may or may not have some supervisory responsibilities. You want to be in sole charge of children, for example managing a room in a nursery.
Level 5
You are a practitioner, senior practitioner of deputy manager working in early years settings.

What careers can this lead to?

There is a diverse range of job roles for people with child care qualifications. These qualifications can help you find work as a:

  • Nursery nurse
  • Childminder
  • SureStart worker
  • Special Educational Needs assistant
  • Child care centre manager
  • Preschool advisor.