Level 3 Childcare Course in Spalding | Nacro Education

Childcare and Education Level 3

Course code: C004593

Course overview

Get Set! to start your journey into the world of childcare with Nacro Education Spalding.

If you’re thinking about a career working with children, looking for something a bit different from mainstream college, and still want a nationally recognised certificate, our Get Set! for Childcare and Education Level 3 is a great place to start.

Crafted alongside industry experts, our Childcare and Education Level 3 course will give you a broad introduction into the childcare sector.

This course prepares students to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years. The course also teaches you about children aged five to seven, a good basis if you want to go on to further learning in that area.

Through work experience, practical learning in small, personalised classes and one-to-one support, you will come away with the in-depth experience, skills, and knowledge you need to start your career in the childcare industry. At the end of the course, you’ll have the hands-on experience and confidence you need to take your next step.

What will I learn?

At Nacro Education Spalding, we let you learn in your way, at your pace. On Get Set! for Childcare and Education Level 3 you will learn all you need to know to get started looking after children.

The course is split into two halves: the first is child development from conception to seven years and the second is children’s health and wellbeing. Students will gain knowledge on a wide range of topics throughout the course, such as pregnancy, child development, the role of the early years practitioner and understanding the physical care needs of children.

This course has been purposely designed to give students a broad introduction into these sectors, equipping you with the transferable knowledge and employability skills you need.

You will be awarded the qualification following successful completion of the units through a portfolio of evidence.


As part of your Childcare and Education Level 3 course, you will cover a range of modules designed to develop your knowledge and skills and give you’re the confidence to take the next step. By completing these modules, you will be able to gain an industry recognised certification. These include:

• Development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year.
• Stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years.
• Children’s needs in relation to emotional wellbeing.
• Evaluate the impact of poor diet on children’s health and wellbeing.
• Understanding children’s need for exercise.

As part of your Get Set! Childcare and Education Level 3, you will also complete your GCSE English and/or maths, depending on whether you have achieved a grade 4 or above.


At Nacro Education Spalding, we use a variety of assessment methods to ensure you achieve the Childcare and Education Level 3 qualification.

Modules are assessed in the form of a portfolio of work, this could include observations on practical tasks or written assessments. You’ll be supported with all your work and given feedback and an opportunity to rework it before external assessment takes place. Your teacher will go through all this when you sign up for the course.

Work experience

Our Get Set! courses give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in local businesses alongside the learning you’ll do at Nacro Education.

For Childcare and Education Level 3, you will have the chance to experience working in a local business, alongside the learning you’ll do at college.

Work experience is tailored to the individual student and what works best for them, it could be a week placement in a nursery setting for regular two-hour visit or a permanent placement each week.

You will be given help to find a suitable placement and supported while working there, meaning you’ll leave with something impressive to add to your CV, as well as gaining practical experience and skills.

Enrichment opportunities

Enrichment activities allow you to gain valuable extra-curricular experiences that enable you to stand out on your CV. As part of all our Get Set! courses, you will be involved in a variety of enrichment opportunities which are on offer through the year, including:

• Email writing and communication skills.
• CV writing and interview practice.
• Job research.

For the Childcare and Education Level 3 course, we offer a wide range of childcare-related enrichment activities, including trips to libraries, baking and messy play. These provide a practical experience where we can put theory into practice.

We will also have other professional guest speakers visit over the course of the year to offer advice on employment, interviews techniques, health and wellbeing, safeguarding awareness and team-building exercises.

Career and progression

After successfully passing this course, you will have core knowledge to progress to a higher-level qualification and to move forward towards your chosen career.

Once you have completed your Childcare and Education Level 3 course, you will be
qualified as an Early Years Educator and be able to work with children up to seven years old. The qualification also opens up further education in the childcare sector, through apprenticeship or university with your UCAS points.

What makes our Get Set! courses different?

Each Get Set! course at Nacro Spalding Education Centre is designed to accelerate your learning and enable you to identify and make progress towards your aspirations. We combine vocational learning with essential English and mathematics qualifications, enriching experiences and workplace encounters to equip you for career success.

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Our Childcare Level 3 course at Spalding has been crafted to enable you to:

  • Develop industry-specific skills through hands on vocational training.
  • Participate in a range of work experience and employment opportunities to gain insight and additional knowledge.
  • Gain vital skills for the workplace including communication, problem solving, teamworking, interview practice and CV writing.
  • Participate in a range of activities, opportunities, team collaboration challenges and educational site visits that enable personal development through real experiences.

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