Understanding Early Years – Level 3 Course

£ 244.42

Learn about Child Development, Support, Learning, Health and more on the Distance Learning Centre's Early years Foundation Course.


Course Description

The Understanding Early Years – Level 3 Course covers child development, relationships and environment and offers useful hints on planning and resourcing together with ‘reflective practitioner’ exercises throughout which test the knowledge and understanding of the learner.

This course provides theoretical guidance for practitioners on meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and it aims to provide useful advice and detailed information for supporting children’s learning and development.

Please Note: This course alone will not give the qualification required to work in this sector. This course provides underpinning knowledge, but you would most likely require an RQF qualification with practical experience to work with children. If you are looking to gain a RQF Qualification then please review the courses on our website which have (RQF) within the course title.

The principles of the EYFS, which guide the work of all early years practitioners, are grouped into four themes these being:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning & Development

Each of these themes are broken down into commitments and covered in detail to guide practitioners through the framework and offer assistance on how to deliver the framework effectively. The course also encourages practitioners to reflect on their own practice and consider for themselves ways of enhancing their provision taking into account the principles of the EYFS.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an endorsed Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

The Course includes the following units:

The course is dividided into 4 Sections containing 12 Units:

  • Section 1: A Unique Child
  • Section 2: Positive Relationships
  • Section 3: Enabling Environments
  • Section 4: Learning & Development
The following topics are covered: Child Development; A Skilful Communicator; and A Competent Learner.
The following topics are covered: Equality and Diversity; Children’s Entitlements; and Early Support.
The following topics are covered: Being Safe and Protected; Discovering Boundaries; and Making Choices.
The following topics are covered: Growing and Developing; Physical Well-being; and Emotional Well-being.
The following topics are covered: Understanding Feelings; Friendships; and Professional Relationships.
The following topics are covered: Respecting Diversity; Communication; and Learning Together.
The following topics are covered: Positive Interactions; Listening to Children; and Effective Teaching.
The following topics are covered: Secure Attachments; Shared Care; and Independence.
The following topics are covered: Starting with the Child; Planning; and Assessment.
The following topics are covered: Children’s Needs; The Learning Journey; and Working Together.
The following topics are covered: The Emotional Environment; The Outdoor Environment; and The Indoor Environment.
The following topics are covered: Transitions and Continuity; Multi-agency Working; and The Community.
The following topics are covered: Starting with the Child; Planning; and Assessment.
The following topics are covered: Mental and Physical Involvement; Decision Making; and Personalised Learning.
The following topics are covered: Making Connections; Transforming Understanding; and Sustained Shared Thinking.
The following topics are covered: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development.


There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)