New EYP Diploma

Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma

From September 2014 the Children Young People’s Workforce Diploma (CYPW) qualification changed to the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma.


Government funding of the Early Years Educator training courses through the Skills Funding Agency will require GCSE English and mathematics, grade A*-C, on entry for learners aged 19+ (Functional skills will not be accepted as equivalent to GCESs). Jam Training will be required to confirm learners’ prior achievement of this and record it in the learning agreement before enrolling learners onto an Early Years Educator programme.
If you are 16-19 years of age
Learners aged 16-19, funded by the Education Funding Agency (Apprenticeships) will not require GCSE English and mathematics grade A*-C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualifications. However the expectation is that they should be offered or encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their study programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCES English and mathematics for their study programme to be funded.
Self-funded learners inc 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
Self-funding learners will not be required to have achieved GCSE English and mathematics  grade A*-C before commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. However, if learners who complete the Early Years Educator qualification do not achieve a minimum of grade C English and mathematics at GCSE they will not be able to be counted towards a nursery’s new higher ratios at Level 3 (EYFS Sept 14). Jam Training will carry out

A basic skill assessment for all new learners.


For more information about JAM’s NVQ Level 3 read the answers to our frequently asked questions.


Why should I choose to study my Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma with JAM?

JAM Training & Education specialises in childcare training, consultancy, and pre-school education.

With hands-on experience as trainers, consultants and carers, it is essential that we have complete and up-to-date knowledge of all the latest childcare practices and regulations. As such, you can trust us to deliver you the most comprehensive and relevant training in childcare.

Being an independent NVQ trainer in the Lambeth and Southwark area, as well as covering many other London boroughs, we are able to offer you a localised and personal training experience. We will visit you on-site throughout your course, and ensure that you are supported at every stage of your NVQ.

Who can apply for this course?

The Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma  is open to individuals of all ages who are currently working in a childcare setting. You must also demonstrate that you are capable of supervising others, or adept at working unsupervised.

What will this course qualify me to do?

If you are planning to go to university, or move into a more senior position, the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma can help you take the next step in your career.

You can also use the qualification to work as a:

  • Childminder
  • Classroom assistant
  • Daycare supervisor
  • Family support worker
  • Pre-school supervisor

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

There are two requirements forEarly Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma:

  1. you must be working in a childcare setting
  2. you must demonstrate that you are capable of supervising others, or adept at working unsupervised.

How long will it take me to complete this course?

Our courses are unique – we like to tailor your course to meet your particular needs, and to set the course to your own pace. It usually takes between 9-18 months to complete our Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma.

As the NVQ is a work-based qualification, you will continue working throughout the duration of the course, and our peripatetic assessors will visit you on-site to assess your work.

How are courses taught? Will I have to attend tutorials?

To complement the practical side of the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma – namely your workplace activities and tasks – we deliver one-to-one tutorials, which cover childcare theory. One of our trainers will visit you at your workplace, once a month, to cover a unit of the course.

What course materials will I need?

JAM will provide you with a folder of relevant material.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of the assessment for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma is carried out by our peripatetic assessors, who will visit you at work and observe your general workplace activities with children, as well as practical tasks that you are set.There are also some assignments, which you must complete in your own time.

Do you provide support throughout the course?

At JAM we have a number of accredited NVQ trainers and assessors, who will support and encourage you throughout the course. You will also be assigned a mentor from your workplace to help you with your activities and tasks, and to offer advice and guidance as and when you need it.

The Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma fee is £2400, with a £200 registration fee. A pay as you go option is available.

We have secured funding through the governments apprenticeship scheme and advanced learning loan– please contact us for details.

How do I apply for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma?