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Childcare and Early Learning Diploma

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The Childcare and Early Learning home learning Diploma has been developed to enable those working, or hoping to work in the Childcare sector, to acquire a level of understanding and skills that will assist them to do this efficiently and effectively.

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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI231

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Course introduction

The aims of this Diploma course are to allow students to develop an understanding of:

  • The role of learning and development in child care settings
  • The legislative context within which child carers operate
  • The personal and interpersonal skills required of a child carer at this level
  • Early education frameworks

Within the programme there are a mixture of module types requiring a range of responses, including, descriptive answers or the completion of knowledge based activities.

This programme covers all of the knowledge and understanding elements of the current standards for employment within the child care sector. Before becoming qualified to work in the sector, students would also need to complete a competence based course which includes elements of assessment in the workplace.

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive a comprehensive and professionally printed course manual along with appropriate assignments that are designed to confirm your knowledge. Students are also provided with a study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.

This programme of learning follows the structure for the QLS Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce and follows guidelines set out by the Government to increase the skill and professionalism shown by those working in early years childcare. It's anticipated that learners completing the QLS Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce may progress to a relevant Foundation/Honour Degree.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior knowledge or experience is essential to take this programme of learning. The Childcare and Early learning course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about the roles available within the child care and early learning sector. You have the freedom to start the Childcare and Early learning Diploma at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration, with full tutor support.


Students will be assessed on their knowledge through a mix of questions which require a range of responses from the learner. This will include descriptive answers or the completion of practical activities.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme 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 Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning 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 QLS 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. 

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector. 

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market. 

This course is structured to be knowledge-focused and doesn't require a placement setting. However, it does offer a means to demonstrate knowledge, which can be beneficial if you're aiming to enter the industry professionally. For those seeking a recognised and comprehensive qualification that impacts the staff-to-child ratio, consider the Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3 RQF. Alternatively, if you currently lack a work placement, our CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education RQF allows you to pursue a knowledge-based regulated qualification. The completed units from this award can later be applied towards achieving the Diploma level once a work placement is secured to fulfill the practical requirements.

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

Course modules

  • Module 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Module 2: Safeguarding the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Module 3: Children and young People's Health and Safety
  • Module 4: How to Develop Positive Relationship with Children, Young People and Others Involved in Their Care
  • Module 5: Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People
  • Module 6: Understand How to Support Positive Outcomes for Children and Young People
  • Module 7: Promote Communication in Children’s and Young People's Settings
  • Module 8: Promote Equality and Inclusion in Children and Young People's Settings
  • Module 9: Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Children and Young People's Settings
  • Module 10: Context and Principles for Early Years’ Provision
  • Module 11: Promote Learning and Development in the Early Years
  • Module 12: Promote Children’s Welfare and Well-being in the Early Years
  • Module 13: Professional Practice in Early Years’ Settings
  • Module 14: Support Children’s Speech, Language and Communication

Learner support

You will receive the course manual and assignments plus tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.

You can be assured that unlimited support for one year is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Childcare and Early Learning Diploma

M Byrne

“NCC Home Learning is the best !!!!!”

I have just finished my second course Family Support Worker Diploma with NCC Home Learning College, I am so happy I decided to come back to the college. They were very understanding about my learning difficulties and health issues due to my allergies. My tutor was amazing, encouraging and really understood if I was going to be a little bit behind with my assignments. She really understood. I am looking forward to studying with this college again. I would recommend people who want to study to come to NCC Home Learning as both student support and their tutors are amazing and they will always encourage you throughout your courses. Thank you for to NCC Home Learning for helping me study something I love which is childcare.

Anne-Marie Marshall

M Byrne


The enrolment process was very easy. Finding the course I need was very easy and when I called for help with my course choice, the staff member was so so helpful and extremely patient. I would not be able to start studying if it wasn't for the amazing payment plans NCC offers. I'm overall pleased with the enrolment process and would certainly recommend to my friends and family.

Abena McKenzie

M Byrne

“Excellent Series”

Excellent Series

Nyla Rehman

M Byrne

“Onboarding was fairly straightforward”

Onboarding was fairly straightforward. Even a child can cross it without difficulty.

Nelly Mamboh

M Byrne


It's so easy to having your qualification with NCC

Sabeehah Kauser,

M Byrne

“Best ever College x”

I started going to NCC Home Learning College in February 2018 after I had some problems with my previous college. I never expected to get a welcome like I did. I decided to study Childcare and Early Learning Diploma and I loved this course so much, I learned about things that happen in the school and nursery system that I never knew. As I have learning disabilities and health issues, I explained about this is to my tutor and she fully understood what I needed and how she could help me in the right way. She understood when my work was sent in later than it was supposed to and she gave me encouragement about all of my assignments when they came back. I am so happy that I had her as my tutor. I have never had a tutor who accepted my disabilities, what help I needed and never had a tutor who helped my confidence build up like she did when I was really concerned with my work after I sent them to her. I would recommend NCC Home Learning College to people who wish to learn about new subjects and wish to explore subjects they truly love. I would also like speak highly of the student support especially the woman who is head of student support, she was so helpful when I couldn't get hold of my tutor and she has helped me get my new course that I am doing right now Family Support Worker Diploma. She was very understanding. I would like to say Thank you to my last tutor from my previous course for helping me throughout my Childcare and Early Learning Diploma and for the encouragement she gave me, I would like to say Thank you to student support for helping me throughout my last course and I would like to say Thank you especially to the best college I have ever gone to. I am looking forward to studying with NCC Home Learning College throughout the next few years and receiving the knowledge about childcare. Anne-Marie Marshall

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