This DipHE is relevant for existing early years practitioners (normally with a Level 3 early years qualification) or those interested in finding out more about young children’s learning and development. It provides a foundation for entry to a range of careers working with and for young children and their families. It is also suitable for those wanting to move into careers in teaching, health or social work.
England only: if a Level 3 early years qualification is not held on entry, this course is not deemed ‘full and relevant’ to enable you to count in the staff:child ratios at Level 3.
Scotland only: if a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) qualification for registration as a day care of children’s services staff (support worker or practitioner) is not held on entry, this qualification does not lead to registration.
GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Maths are normally required for post-graduate study and for teaching a GCSE Grade C pass in Science is also a requirement.
Further information about Early Childhood qualifications can be found:
- For England, on the Department for Education (DfE) website;
- For Wales, on the Care Council Wales (CCW) website;
- For Scotland on the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) website;
- For Northern Ireland, on the Department of Education (DENI) website;
This diploma qualification may also be helpful if you’re interested in primary teaching (3-8 years) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, since the OU doesn’t offer teacher training for this age range, we cannot guarantee automatic progression to ITE training programmes. Check with your local ITE training provider about their entry policy. For up-to-date information visit the Department for Education website in England; the Teach in Scotland website in Scotland; the Department of Education in Northern Ireland; and the Teacher Training & Education in Wales website.