The content covers the age range from birth to 5 years and includes the following areas:

  • enabling children to learn
  • promoting health and wellbeing
  • special educational needs
  • working with families implementing change

Learners will develop and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners aged 18 and over who are currently employed as an Early Years Level 3 practitioner and looking to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or a Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator.

It would also suit learners who want to progress to further learning to take on a position of leadership within the setting.

Why study an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care?

This qualification will prepare you for study at a higher level. If you would like information on any of our Higher Education courses, please call 0161 666 8215.

Course Length

10 months (You can enrol anytime). 

Entry requirements 

  • You must hold a Functional Skills qualification at level 2 or a GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths.
  • You must be employed in an Early Years setting at Level 3 to complete this qualification.
  • You must hold a Level 3 Early Years/ Childcare qualification.
  • You must be aged 18 years or over.
  • You must successfully complete a written task prior to enrolment.


Please contact the Admissions Team by calling 0161 666 8215 or emailing

Start date: September 2021