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How to Get a Level 3 Childcare Qualification

Updated: Apr 30

Learning about childcare doesn't just set you up for a rewarding vocational career; it also helps you expand your knowledge and apply what you've learned to your day-to-day. By gaining a childcare qualification, you'll be able to benefit from the many perks this career path has to offer.


Not only will you have the opportunity to build better relationships with children and their parents or carers, but you'll also be able to help them learn, develop and grow right before your eyes through planning and delivering activities, or assisting their learning and development with daily tasks like eating, dressing, problem-solving, relationship building, and much more.


Child at nursery

The team at Broaden are experts in training and development and, most importantly, helping learners achieve their goals. Our experienced team helps individuals and employers by providing high-quality, bespoke training in the childcare and education sectors. We believe that training should be a personal experience based on the learner's individual needs.


We will help you find the most suitable childcare qualification and career direction. Check out our learning course outlines if you are still unsure. For now, let’s explore how to get a Level 3 childcare qualification.


What is a Level 3 childcare qualification?


This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas in and across the health and social care sector.


The course prepares learners to become Early Years Educators within the UK workforce, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years to support and promote children's early development and provide them with thorough preparation for school. Level 3 qualifications in childcare are higher education courses for students who want to upskill. Here's a list of what the course will help you achieve:


● Support and promote children's early education and development

● Plan and provide effective care, teaching, and learning, preparing children for school

● Make accurate and productive use of assessment

● Develop effective and informed practice.

● Safeguard and promote health, safety, and welfare of children

● Work in partnership with key persons, colleagues, parents, and/or careers or other professionals

Upon completion, you will achieve a nationally-recognized Early Years qualification.

Who can do a level 3 childcare course?


Level 3 childcare practitioner

The Level 3 childcare course is open to individuals who currently work or desire to work in Early Years education and care. If you love children and are happy working with them, this course is for you. However, you must be 16+ years of age. The minimum learning hours are 16+ per week.

Technically you don't 'need' any qualifications or experience, but it is a bonus if you have had any experience or hold an award or certificate in childcare. Candidates who have prior knowledge in childcare would still have to demonstrate professional competence while on placement.


You might be wondering, how do I get a secure placement without having any experience in childcare? Well, that's a good question. You can choose to volunteer 1 or 2 days a week in a nursery or pre-school. What is essential is that you will have gained experience to be a good practitioner.

To work in an Early Years environment and be counted in staff-child ratios, you must already hold or be prepared to first obtain a Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE in Maths and English.

How much is a level 3 childcare course?


The course can be well over £3000. However, Broaden's cost ranges between £2640 and £2880. The childcare diploma certificate can be obtained within 12-18 months if fully supported by an employer.

Can you do childcare level 3 online?


Yes, at Broaden, childcare training is flexible to suit you. We have a hybrid system, The theory elements are all done online, but to achieve the full qualification you will need to be observed by an assessor in a real-life work environment. This assessment takes place at a nursery or pre-school. This assessment is to capture your competency skills & behaviours while working alongside your peers, you will be successful if your assessor is able to capture your professional practice that meets the qualification standards and requirements.


Child at nursery

What are the next steps?


Find a training provider, and find one that fulfils your needs. Broaden is focused on helping you achieve success and adapts the training to match your learning style. Here's what makes us great!

  • 24/7 support from an experienced assessor: You will be supervised by a knowledgeable assessor who will support you throughout your journey.

  • Bespoke training online or face to face: Choose the format that is right for you. Enjoy the flexibility of digital or the extra personalized nature of in-person training.

  • Learning styles adaptations: learn how you learn best.

  • Career progressive advice: Get advice from experts on how best to achieve your goals.

Check our website for a full list of childcare course and choose the one that best suits you. Simply fill out our form to indicate interest, and we will get back to you promptly. We hope to go on this journey with you!

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