You must be:
a current practitioner (paid or voluntary) with at least six months full-time or 12 months part-time experience of working with young children in a registered early years setting
at least 18 years of age at the date on which you begin studying for this qualification.
Or if you wish to claim accreditation of prior learning (APEL) you must be:
an experienced practitioner with at least three years full-time or five years part-time experience in a registered early years setting
at least 21 years of age at the date on which you begin studying for this qualification.
In order to assist you in determining whether the APEL route is appropriate for you, it is essential that you accurately complete the EZL100 self-assessment questionnaire. Please download and save to your computer for completion.
While studying the core modules, you must be:
working in a setting following a UK or Republic of Ireland curriculum and which uses English as the language of tuition
working in a registered early years setting with young children aged from birth to seven years (e.g Scotland's Pre-birth to three or Curriculum for Excellence – early level) in either a paid or voluntary capacity
directly involved in activities to support young children’s care and learning for a minimum of five hours a week
able to work with groups of three or more children on a regular basis.
You must have the agreement and support of your employer/supervisor before registering for this qualification.
Your employer must complete a Permission Agreement Form to confirm their support for your study, that you meet the pre-requisites to study the core modules, and to verify your experience.
You and your employer are responsible for ensuring that:
you meet the ‘fit person’ criteria required for the setting and country you are working in ( If you are in doubt about your eligibility, contact the relevant agency in your country for more information.)
you obtain the necessary Disclosure and Barring clearance (or equivalent).
If you are a nanny/foster carer working with a child (birth to six years), you must be able to undertake an additional 3–5 hours paid or voluntary work each week in a registered early years setting where you have access to groups of children and support from experienced professional colleagues. The home of a parent/foster carer or nanny is not – on its own – an acceptable setting.
If you meet these entry requirements and wish to apply for this qualification please email our Student Registration & Enquiry Service or call +44(0) 300 303 5303.