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Nursery Nurse Diploma

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Childcare is possibly one of the most fulfilling careers. If you enjoy working with children, helping them to develop and learn, this Nursery Nurse Diploma is the right course for you.

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Level 3 / ABC Awards / PI903

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12 months expert tutor support


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Fully accredited course


Awarding body

ABC Awards

Course introduction

Working with children means you must have common sense as well as understanding the need for professionalism and good practice in everything that you do.

This level 3 Nursery Nurse course enables you to strengthen and develop both your knowledge and understanding of current childcare practice.

Completing nursery nurse courses from home allows you the time to work through the five modules at your own pace and in your own time. The modules concentrate of several key areas that will improve your practice;

  • Child development – the course covers child development from 0 to 8 years of age. The module looks at both individual developmental needs and those of special needs children too.
  • Health and safety – there is always a balance between allowing children to explore and satisfy their physical needs, but keeping them safe. This module examines this balance and your role in it.
  • Learning through play – play is a key developmental aid for children. Encouraging children to play different games appropriate to their age is an important aspect of being a nursery nurse.
  • Safeguarding – the role of nursery workers and early years' educators in recognising signs of abuse and neglect is key in getting the help that a child needs. As a practitioner, you will also be expected to act in a way that promotes the physical and emotional well-being of a child.
  • Legal responsibilities – there are many responsibilities when it comes to looking after children. No Diploma in Nursery Nursing would be complete without examining these legal responsibilities.

Why study Nursery Nurses courses from home?

Distance learning, also known as home study, is perfect for many people. With busy lives, finding the time to study can be difficult. By studying a nursery nurse course from home, you have the flexibility to study at your own pace and in your own time. You can also choose the format of your course by opting for either a paper copy or by accessing course materials online via our website.

Many students on completing nursery nurse courses online with NCC go on to complete qualifications in childcare. You may want to examine the role of speech and language in a child’s development, for example, or look at a range of special needs education courses. Further qualifications can help your career progress, as well as being a great way to open doors to a new career.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Nursery Nursing and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course 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.


The Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on

Awarding organisation

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 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 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 course itself has been designed by NCC Home Learning 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

Course units

Module 1: The Key Features of Child Development and Developmental Needs of Children 0-8 Years, Inclusive of Individual and Special Needs
Module 2: Providing for Children’s Physical Needs, Inclusive of Health and Safety
Module 3: Learning through Play for Child Development
Module 4: Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children
Module 5: Legal Responsibilities of the Nursery Nurse and Responsibilities for Working Together

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 is distance learning?

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

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

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 six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. 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.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait 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 pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

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 postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

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 an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

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.

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 though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

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 12 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.

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

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

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

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Nursery Nurse Diploma

M Byrne

“Very helpful people even my silly…”

Very helpful people even with my silly questions!!! The best service ever and affordable prices. Strongly recommend! Thanks

Antonia Pandzhurova,

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“Jose Briek”

The best experience with home study I've ever had.
NCC is really easy to contact and they answer quickly, which makes the study process quicker as well.
I really have no negative words about NCC Home Learning.
RECOMMENDING it big time!!

The best experience with home study…,

M Byrne

“NC Nursery Nurse Level 3 Diploma”

I was very impressed with how quickly the study pack arrived. Everything I needed to complete the course was included. I also received emails with contact details of tutor and any support I may need to complete the course. I had a bad experience trying to enroll with another company, and NCC were the complete opposite. I would highly recommend them, and feel very confident there will be the support there to help me complete the course.

Sharon Nunn,

M Byrne

“Great for working mums”

I found this site very helpful, especially, the tutors, they are always quick to respond back to you, as well as marking your work for you all within a quick time frame.

Working full-time, with 4 children is not easy, but this online course was really helpful. I was not under any pressure to complete the modules, I had my own time and space to complete it, that is the difference with online courses and attending live lectures. I would diffidently recommend this site for everyone, including friends and family.


M Byrne

“One of the best things I have done!”

I took on this course for career development, I wanted to work with children. I am a mature student with three children and a full time job. This course suited me the way it's designed, it's very easy to understand the course work is well planned.English is not my first language, however I still found the course easy to understand.

I also got help from my tutor if I needed help and she explained in detail what I was expected of. Sarah Noseda was my best tutor, she took time to email me back and also to answer my questions also she was at the end of the phone call when I needed to talk to her. I am so greateful to have had as my tutor. NCC Home Learning were very helpful when I had any concerns, they did get back to me as soon as I sent them an email. Thank you NCC. I would recommend to all those who want to change their careers or to further their careers,

Mariam Leach,

M Byrne

“Prompt, efficient and professional”

Online support with NCC was outstanding. Prompt, efficient and professional.

Stephen McLaughlin,

M Byrne

“A wonderful learning experience”

This was a wonderful learning experience for me. As a mom this opportunity of e-learning and distance learning suits me perfectly. This institution is very serious and professional and I am glad I learned from all the staff there. Maybe in the future, Skype meetings with the tutors can b a tool of learning as well.

Susana Ponce,

M Byrne

“Very important for my career”

This course is very important for my career. The learning materials are easy to follow and to read (especially for a non-native English speaker like me). I understood that in order to have a good understanding of Early Years I had to read a lot, to use all the sources you have suggested and to be able to put all these in writing. I was wondering if you have/ interested to promote courses for teachers who work in international schools and here are not a lot of courses on PYP for example. Thank you very much.

Elvira Tudoran,

M Byrne

“I am applying what I have learned at work”

The course was interesting and useful for my work with the kids. I actually started applying what I have learned from this course.

Amina Madi,

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