Childcare Level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00128
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is designed to give you the knowledge; understanding and practical skills needed for employment in early years settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families, in a variety of different early years settings, for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

The course prepares you directly for employment working with children as it awards learners with a licence to practice within the Early Years sector and leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status. This licence is needed for working in a variety of settings. This is the recommended level of qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 8 as a Keyworker or Nursery Assistant in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary school.

This course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career within the Early Years sector and will provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. You will learn about child development, play, physical care needs and health and safety as well as developing study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, role plays, presentations and work experience.

Course Enrichment

Course enrichment activities include trips, visits, residential courses and presentations by guest speakers. Child Care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities. You also have the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid at work.

The cost of any trips and visits are kept to a minimum. You may be entitled to help from the college's Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, DBS check and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Work Experience

Work experience is an invaluable part of your study programme and will help to guarantee that you are fully prepared for the working environment on completion of your studies. Many, if not all of employers and Higher Education providers will expect that learners have successfully completed work experience in a vocationally related area, in order to be offered employment or progression on to a higher level course of study. 

A work experience placement of two days a week is a compulsory part of this your course and also forms part of many course assessments within your college study programme. We will discuss your placement with you and take into account where you live and what career you would like to do in the future. Students usually work in settings such as nurseries and schools.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is approximately £52.00.

Staff and Facilities

At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and child care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local child care employers.

The Sheffield College has excellent facilities for child care students, which include well equipped learning areas, a creative practice room, a fully operational kitchen and a simulated nursery room.

Will the course suit me?

This course is ideal motivated, enthusiastic people interested in a career working with children or who wish to progress on to university. It is also ideally suited for students aiming to go on to Higher Education to gain a degree for careers such as primary teaching or social work.



The Level 3 National Extended Diploma is made up of a number of units of study, these include:

Child Development, Play and Learning, Meeting Children's Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs, Health and Safety in Early Years Settings, Working With Parents and Others in Early Years, Supporting Children's Speech, Communication and Language, Supporting Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Safeguarding in Early Years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Supporting Children's Literacy and Numeracy Development, Reflective Practice and The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

And choice of options such as: Working With Children Who Have Additional Needs, Supporting Children's Imaginative Play, Cooking Activities With Children, Supporting Children's Creativity, Promoting Children's Development Outdoors

How will it be delivered?

The course will be assessed by assignments and portfolios, which are internally marked, with some externally marked assessments. You will be set homework and will need to be prepared to work in your own time, as this is an essential part of your success. While you are on placement, you will be visited, observed and assessed undertaking your duties. This forms part of your overall assessment.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language & Maths, plus a DBS check.

Your next steps...

Where can it lead?

For students looking to work, this qualification is a licence to practise and will enable access to a range of employment opportunities such as pre-school worker, early years practitioner in a children's centre, practitioner in day nurseries, foundation or nursery schools, reception/ Key Stage 1 classes in primary schools, working with children with particular needs in a range of settings, registered child minders and nannies.

Students successful on this course could also progress to Higher Education to study Child Care, Education or related courses.

If you wish to pursue a career in teaching on to the Early Years Initial Teacher Training, you will be required to achieve a grade C (or above) in GCSE mathematics, English and science