• Level: 3

Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)

(QAN – 601/8715/3)



Qualification Overview

The Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF) is aimed at learners who are working, or wish to work, in early years education and care.

The qualification develops the knowledge and skills required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged to 5 to 7 years.  The Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF) will also provide a broad background understanding of the early learning workforce sector and an introduction to the practical skills and knowledge required to provide an awareness of the range of jobs and work settings in the early learning sector.



Qualification Structure

To successfully achieve the Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF) learners must complete all 17 mandatory units, achieving a total of 62 credits.



Learner Entry Requirements

Learners should be competent in literacy and numeracy to help with elements of communication. This is at the discretion of the centre as they may decide to use diagnostic testing methods to ascertain how they can support learners.



Progression Routes

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following qualifications:

  • Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF)
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years or Early Years Care and Education
  • Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management


The National College for Teaching and Leadership approval letter for this qualification can be found here



Age Range

Learners should be a minumum of 16 years old to undertake this qualification.



Geographical Coverage

This qualification is available in England and Northern Ireland.



Qualification Specification

To view the Qualification Specification please click here.

Unit Title Unit Ref Level GLH Credit
Mandatory Units
Understand child development R/506/9343 3 50 8
Support the holistic development of children Y/506/9344 3 19 3
Safeguarding and child protection in early years K/506/9347 3 25 4
Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children T/506/9349 3 18 4
Support the health, well being and physical care needs of children in early years settings T/506/9352 3 26 4
Equality, diversity and inclusion in early years settings F/506/9354 3 17 3
Support positive behaviour in children J/506/9355 3 15 3
Support children with additional support needs D/506/9345 3 22 4
Support attachment when working with children in early years settings H/506/9346 3 20 3
Support children through transitions M/506/9348 3 17 3
Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development K/506/9350 3 25 4
Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in early years settings M/506/9351 3 18 3
Extending children’s learning and thinking in early years settings A/506/9353 3 9 2
Assessment and observation in early years settings L/506/9356 3 26 4
Recording, storing, reporting and sharing information in early years settings R/506/9357 3 12 2
Working in partnership with colleagues, professionals and key individuals in early years settings Y/506/9358 3 30 5
Continuing professional development in early years education D/506/9359 3 18 3

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