This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work unsupervised in different childcare settings. Our childcare courses provide a real insight into working in this sector. We have a range of visiting speakers, such as nursery managers and early years teachers to share their professional experience with you and help you understand what effective professional behaviour and standards are.
Units relate to promoting children's care and education and include:
- Child development from conception to seven years
- Children's health and well-being
- Providing safe environments for children
- Play and learning
- Understanding children's additional needs
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Supporting emergent literacy and maths
- Preparing for school readiness
- International perspectives
- Professional partnerships.
- Reflective practice for professional development.
There are 750 hours on a work placement in a range of childcare settings. This means two days a week will be in a real-world setting.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be Early Years Educator Certificate Level 3
You'll be assessed in your work placement to focus on your practical skills. You'll need to complete an effective practice study task and an extended assessment task. Both are set and marked externally.
Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including Maths and English (with the others at grade D/3 or equivalent) OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit with GCSE Maths or English A*-C/9-4 (with the other at grade D/3 or equivalent).
If you're 16 to 18, you'll need to achieve your GCSE in English and Maths A*-C/9-4 by the end of your course if you don't already have this. If you're 19 or older, you must have GCSE A*-C/9-4 in English and Maths or their equivalent to enrol. Please note that Level 2 functional skills are not a suitable equivalent for the childcare profession at present.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
You'll need to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB). This is normally paid at enrolment.
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What can I earn?
Fee reductions for adult short courses
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|Students who are:||Wandsworth||Tooting||Merton|
|Receiving income-based benefits||£40*||£40*||50% discount**|
|Aged 60 or over||
* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)
How to apply for reduced fees
Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.
Accepted proof of age:
- Driving license
Accepted proof of benefits:
- A benefits letter dated from the last two months
There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at email@example.com
You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:
- You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.
Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits
You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.
Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support
You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.
New government funding for 24 and older!!
If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.
There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.
For CELTA courses
Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.
For courses not leading to a qualification
You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.
In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:
- Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
- Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)
By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:
College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX
Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.
By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.
If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.
The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.
How to apply
You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the gov.uk website.
For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.