TheUnderstandingEarly 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.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

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.

The Course Includes the Following Units:-

Section 1 - A Unique Child:

  • Unit 1 – Child Development

The following topics are covered: Child Development; A Skilful Communicator; and A Competent Learner.

  • Unit 2 – Inclusive Practice

The following topics are covered: Equality and Diversity; Children’s Entitlements; and Early Support.

  • Unit 3 – Keeping Safe

The following topics are covered: Being Safe and Protected; Discovering Boundaries; and Making Choices.

  • Unit 4 – Health & Well Being

The following topics are covered: Growing and Developing; Physical Well-being; and Emotional Well-being.

Section 2 – Positive Relationships:

  • Unit 5 – Respecting Each Other

The following topics are covered: Understanding Feelings; Friendships; and Professional Relationships.

  • Unit 6 – Parents as Partners

The following topics are covered: Respecting Diversity; Communication; and Learning Together.

  • Unit 7 – Supporting Learning

The following topics are covered: Positive Interactions; Listening to Children; and Effective Teaching.

  • Unit 8 – Key Person

The following topics are covered: Secure Attachments; Shared Care; and Independence.

Section 3 – Enabling Environments:

  • Unit 9 – Observation, Assessment & Planning

The following topics are covered: Starting with the Child; Planning; and Assessment.

  • Unit 10 – Supporting Every Child

The following topics are covered: Children’s Needs; The Learning Journey; and Working Together.

  • Unit 11 – The Learning Environment

The following topics are covered: The Emotional Environment; The Outdoor Environment; and The Indoor Environment.

  • Unit 12 – The Wider Context

The following topics are covered: Transitions and Continuity; Multi-agency Working; and The Community.

Section 4 – Learning & Development:

  • Unit 13 – Observation, Assessment & Planning

The following topics are covered: Starting with the Child; Planning; and Assessment.

  • Unit 14 – Active Learning

The following topics are covered: Mental and Physical Involvement; Decision Making; and Personalised Learning.

  • Unit 15 – Creativity & Critical Thinking

The following topics are covered: Making Connections; Transforming Understanding; and Sustained Shared Thinking.

  • Unit 16 – Areas of Learning & Development

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.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions, and a larger essay/case study assignment. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


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

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