Early Years Foundation Level 3 Distance Learning CourseCC205

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) became effective in all early years settings in September 2008. It is now compulsory for all providers of early years and child care settings to deliver the EYFS framework.This course provides guidance for practitioners so they meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

It also provides useful advice and detailed information on supporting children’s learning and development.The course covers child development, relationships and environment and offers useful advice on resourcing and planning. The course includes ‘reflective practitioner’ exercises which allow the learner to tests their understanding.

There are four key principles of the EYFS: A unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments and learning and development. Each of these sections is addressed in detail in the course taking into account the principles of the EYFS

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Course Info

Distance Learning Support


At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Entry Requirements


At Start Learning we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

Recommended Hours of Study


We recommended you spend approximately 110 hours of your time studying for the Early Years Foundation Level 3 NCFE Award. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but  if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Course Contents


Section 1: A Unique Child
Unit 1 – Child Development: Child Development - A Skilful Communicator - A Competent Learner.
Unit 2 – Inclusive Practice: Equality and Diversity - Children’s Entitlements - Early Support.
Unit 3 – Keeping Safe: Being Safe and Protected - Discovering Boundaries - Making Choices.
Unit 4 – Health and Well-Being: Growing and Developing - Physical Well-being - Emotional Well-being.

Section 2: Positive Relationships
Unit 5 – Respecting Each Other: Understanding Feelings – Friendships - Professional Relationships.
Unit 6 – Parents as Partners: Respecting Diversity – Communication - Learning Together.
Unit 7 – Supporting Learning: Positive Interactions - Listening to Children - Effective Teaching.
Unit 8 – Key Person: Secure Attachments - Shared Care – Independence.

Section 3: Enabling Environments

Unit 9 – Observation, Assessment and Planning: Starting with the Child – Planning – Assessment.
Unit 10 – Supporting Every Child: Children’s Needs - The Learning Journey - Working Together.
Unit 11 – The Learning Environment: The Emotional Environment - The Outdoor Environment - The Indoor Environment.
Unit 12 – The Wider Context: Transitions and Continuity - Multi-agency Working - The Community.

Section 4: Learning and Development

Unit 13 – Play and Exploration: Learning Through Experience - Adult Involvement - Contexts for Learning.
Unit 14 – Active Learning: Mental and Physical Involvement - Decision Making - Personalised Learning.
Unit 15 – Creativity and Critical Thinking: Making Connections - Transforming Understanding - Sustained Shared Thinking.
Unit 16 – Areas of Learning and Development: Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Communication, Language and Literacy - Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy - Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Physical Development - Creative Development.

Easy Payment Plan


Full Price is £325

6 Monthly Installments of £54.16

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

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At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Awarding Body Information


NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland



This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

Language of Course




Q: How does the Level 3 Early Years Foundation course work?
A: The great thing about distance learning is that you can study from home or work, at your own pace and in your own time. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering unlimited support via email and post, seven days a week. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice as to how to complete the course successfully.

Q: Is there an exam at the end of the course?
A: No, the course is made up of assignments which you complete and send to your tutor for marking.

Q: Is there a word count for my assignments?
A: No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions. One sentence answers will not be accepted and you will be asked to redo the question and resubmit it.

Q: What happens if I’ve paid for the course but find it unsuitable?
A: Not a problem. If you return it within seven days, we’ll give you a complete refund, as long as the course is in re-saleable condition.

Q: What are the qualifications required to enrol onto this course?
A: No entry requirments

Q: How long do I have access to the personal tutor service?
A: The personal tutor service is available for 12 months from when the study materials are received.  At Start Learning we aim help our students to the best of our ability; therefore we are always delighted to answer questions and queries out with the 12 month period.
Q: Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
A: yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.

Q: Is this Level 3 Early Years Foundation course paper based or on-line?
A: Our Level 3 Early Years Foundation course is paper based and comes in an attractive folder.

Q: I still have questions? / I would like more information?
A: If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Start Learning via email: info@start-learning.co.uk or call us on 0800 074 1222 or 0141 218 4424.

We look forward to hearing from you.