Level 3 Diploma for the Chlidren and Young People's Workforce

Progress your career with a further qualification

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce is the industry-standard qualification for childcare practitioners in the UK.  Once completed, this course will demonstrate your proficient knowledge, competency and understanding of working with children and qualify you to work unsupervised as well as take on a supervisory role within a nursery, crèche or pre-school.  

The diploma comprises 12 mandatory units plus a choice of optional units including:

  • child development
  • promoting learning and development in the early years
  • supporting children's speech, language and communication
  • physical development
  • promoting positive behaviour
  • safeguarding the well-being of children. 

The qualification  takes up to 16 months to complete and can be undertaken online through our Online Training Academy or by attendance at  monthly study groups days.  There you'll meet like-minded learners and dedicated tutors who will offer you all the support you need.

To start the course you'll need to have already gained your Level 2 Childcare Certificate and ideally have at least two years experience in a childcare environment.  Those opting for Level 3 as part of a Government-funded Apprenticeship (see the Funding page for more detail) will also study functional skills - practical skills in English, maths and ICT, providing you with the skills and abilities needed to work effectively. 

Level 2 at the three core skills is needed along with Level 2 Award in Employment Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

Assessment is by workplace observations, carrying out practical tasks at work, answering questions and writing assignments.

This course is only available to start before 31st August 2014 - after that time learners will need to undertake the two-year Level 3 Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educators).

Smart Training is very flexible and accommodates my needs

Level 3 Childcare, Hammersmith

Smart Training, 1 Becketts Wharf, Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick, Surrey, KT1 4ER