The course is designed to give you all the skills required to work with children in various settings. You will study a wide range of topics including child development, supporting children, keeping children safe, play and learning, working with parents, supporting children’s speech, communication and language, safeguarding, observations and reflective practice. This course is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in childcare, education or related industries. During the course you will attend two days of work experience each week and cover four placements in a variety of settings.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs, grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and Maths, or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 2. A placement of at least five days in a childcare setting, with a positive report of progress, is desirable. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required.

What will I learn?

This diploma prepares you to work as an early years practitioner with children in a range of settings. You will:

Advance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care

Develop a range of advanced transferable skills for the sector

Gain relevant work experience for your future progression

Work Experience

You’ll be required to undertake 350 hours of placement during the year. These are done in a variety of childcare settings, covering different age groups.


You’ll study a wide variety of topics as part of this course. Modules may include:

Child development

Meeting children’s physical development and care

Health & safety in early years settings

Keeping children safe

Working with parents and others

Play and learning

Observation assessment and planning

Reflective practice

Other units will be available.


Written assignments and practical observation in your work placements, plus one exam and one externally assessed research task.

Enrichment Opportunities

Practical childcare activities such as learning to babysit and first aid qualifications may be available.

Career and Progression

This qualification will enable you to work as a licensed practitioner with children in nurseries, crèches, reception classes or pre-schools, or as a home-based childcare worker. With the Extended Diploma, you can progress to university to study teacher training or child development courses. .

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