*If this is your first full Level 3 qualification, the course may be free for you subject to availability. 

You will need support from a professional within the real-world environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

The course is structured around four themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and Well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4: Professional development

To complete the course you would need to complete 23 units

Placement Hours

Placements should be undertaken in at least 2 different settings to cover the following age ranges:

Age range Hours
0 to 1 year 11 months 25
2 to 2 years 11 months 133
3 to 5 years 192

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those learners, in paid or voluntary employment in an early years education and care role with children from birth to 5 years.

Why study an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care?

This is an 18-month programme delivered at the college. On completion, you can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. 

Course Length

18 months

Entry requirements 

  • It is recommended that you hold a Functional Skills qualification at level 2 or a GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths.
  • You must be in either paid or voluntary employment in the early years setting for a minimum of 1 full day per week. 
  • It is recommended that you have a minimum of 6 weeks of experience in the early years setting prior to starting the course.


Please contact the Admissions Team by calling 0161 666 8215 or emailing adulted@asfc.ac.uk.

Start date: September 2021 Duration: 18 Months
Cost: £2880