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Child Care: Children & Young People's Workforce (RQF) Diploma Level 3

Childcare Course, Fully Accredited, Ofsted Approved - Previously Know as NVQ Childcare Level 3

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Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (RQF)
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Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (RQF)

Pathways Available:

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Learning, Development and Supported Services
  • Social Care

Please note: The Early Learning and Childcare pathway has been replaced by the Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)

Please note: The Social Care pathway has been replaced by the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (RQF)

Awarding Body: Training Qualifications UK

Study Type: Part Time Study, Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: No formal requirements

Can be purchased on a payment plan and paid over 12 months


Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (RQF)

Regulated by Ofqual

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The Learning Station is fast becoming one of the UK’s top providers of online tuition with many students happily completing their chosen online & Distance learning courses. Whatever your reason is for enrolling on one of our courses, you can rest assured that you will be supported by a highly qualified, experienced and helpful assessor.

Our Child Care courses are Ofqual regulated and fully accredited by some of the top UK awarding bodies. We are proud to offer this course as a Distance Learning course on our Online Learning System which you will find has an excellent response time for communication between yourself and your tutor/assessor and is very simple to use and to navigate.

Course Information

The qualification is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It is relevant to a wide range of job roles in early years and social care settings and is suitable for learners who are working or want to work at a supervisory level in the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

You will be part of our newly developed Online Learner Management System which has been designed to ensure you receive quick responses to your work submissions and requests for support from one of our dedicated assessors or mentors. Our learner management system will help you to keep track of all of your assignments and clearly outlines through a progress bar how much you have remaining to complete your course. Our assessors will be happy to guide you to resources which will help you to gain a more thorough understanding of your assignments and ensure you complete your course with as much ease as possible.

Throughout your course, you will be assessed through a variety of methods to help you complete the course as quickly and easily as possible. Some of the assessment methods you can expect will be completing written assignments of work that has been given to you, having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace, direct observation of you carrying out work related tasks, professional discussions over the phone and supplying us with work product evidence.

Pathways Available

As part of this qualification, you will need to select your desired pathway. Depending on the pathway that you choose will determine the qualification that you obtain. Your qualification will be titled Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (RQF) (Desired Pathway)

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Learning, Development and Supported Services
  • Social Care

Please note: The Early Learning and Childcarepathway has been replaced by the Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)

Please note: The Social Care pathway has been replaced by the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (QCF)


Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (RQF)
  • City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years) (RQF)

Learners will also be able to enrol onto a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject.

Career Pathways

There is a diverse range of job roles for people with child care qualifications. These qualifications can help you find work as a:

  • Nursery nurse
  • Child minder
  • Sure Start worker
  • Special Educational Needs assistant
  • Child care centre manager
  • Preschool advisor

See below what your earnings potential could be if you were a qualified Child Care, Early Years, Health Care, Social Care/Support Worker with a:

Level 2 Diploma, you could expect to earn a average of £15,000 Per Annum.

Level 3 Diploma, you could become a team leader or senior staff member and could earn a average of £22,000 Per Annum.

Level 5 Diploma, qualifies you to become a manager and manage a care facility for adults or children and you could expect to earn a average of £33,000 rising to £50,000 Per Annum.

From a starting point to a Level 5, it could take you 2-3 years to achieve on a part-time basis

Why Choose The Learning Station?

  • Flexible Payment plans with up to 12 months to pay -No Credit Checks.
  • We offer the full NVQ/QCF/RQF Ofqual courses with pathway choices of your own.
  • Free initial assessment assessments of academic levels with immediate results.
  • Online, Distance / Blended Learning.
  • Learner Management System Accessible 24/7.
  • Responsive online tutor and assessor support.
  • On site, internal verifier + Moderator.
  • Flexible – Blended delivery of assessment and observation.
  • Free Learning Resources for Ease of study.
  • Technical support team available 09:00 - 18:00 Mon – Fri

What Happens Next?

Once you have made a purchase you will be sent your online account details and step by step instructions within 48 hours. You will be able to log onto your course and start completing your enrolment immediately. Our enrolments team check enrolment submissions on a daily basis, however, please allow 5 working days. Once your enrolment is complete you will be provided with access to your course and you can begin completing your assignments.

Who is this course for?

The Level 3 Diploma will suit those that are a nursery nurse, child-minder, day care supervisor or SureStart worker. You may or may not have some supervisory responsibilities. You want to be in sole charge of children, for example managing a room in a nursery.


There are no specific entry requirements.

Learners must be working, volunteering or on a placement in a suitable workplace as the qualification requires the assessment of knowledge and competence.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above


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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.