Diploma on

Early Childhood Care & Education

This unique and important Program is enjoyable, interesting, educational, informative and motivational, and will provide the key knowledge required to become an effective and professional ECE.

The Program is designed to be studied by those who are already working in an early childhood care and educational capacity, including teachers, teaching assistants, child-minders, child-carers, parents and others; AND also for men and women who wish to become ECE’s - ‘early childhood educators’ - as teachers, carers or in another role.   


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2024 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Strategy, Quality & Contemporary Business Concerns; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) During the "Covid-19" (Corona) virus pandemic, Members may opt to take an Assignment (home-based course work) instead of an Examination to complete the Program.

  • Summary of major topics
  • What is included
  • Related courses
  • Study & Career development

Module 1 - The Importance of Early Childhood Care & Education

  • The formative years: physical, socio-emotional, language and cognitive ability
  • Early childhood educators (ECEs) and early childhood education
  • Cognition, developing motor skills, a sense of self, preparing children for education
  • Early years settings, learning environments, early childhood developmental milestones

Module 2 - The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • EYFS welfare and development goals, standards for childcare, measuring children’s progress
  • Areas of learning and development, EYFS principles, Aims of EYFS curriculum and guidelines
  • Learning goals, learning objectives, learning outcomes
  • EYFS profile, observation and making assessments, uses of results from the profile

Module 3 - Early Childhood Educators

  • ECE professionals, requirements, duties and responsibilities, essential character traits
  • Providing a learning environment for young children, planning, supervision, safety
  • Addressing children’s emotional, cognitive, social and physical needs, developing children’s social skills
  • ECE education and training, professional development, staying up to date with research

Module 4 - Early Childhood Learning Environments

  • Safe, responsive, and nurturing early learning environments, physical and environmental factors
  • Transitioning in learning environments, learning through play, materials, learning opportunities
  • Social interactions, children and teachers, collaborative activities, areas of interest, daily schedules and routines
  • Designing learning spaces for safety, children’s bodies, accessibility, stimulation, special needs

Module 5 - Pedagogy

  • Education programmes, courses, modules, units, lessons, subjects, topics, the importance of play
  • Components of pedagogy, strategies, influencing learning, positive outcomes, teaching methodology
  • Curriculums, learning processes, cognitive skills, the three principles of learning
  • Pre-school, kindergarten, developing school-readiness skills, play schools, playgroups

Module 6 - Teaching Strategies and Methods

  • Teaching and instructional strategies, teacher-oriented and student-oriented teaching
  • Teaching methodology, methods used for instructing a class, how teachers explain or teach
  • Educational philosophy, a teacher’s choice of teaching methods, interactive teaching
  • Pre-school teaching methods: playway, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf Steiner, Bank Street, STEM, Head Start programs

Module 7 - Children’s Learning Styles and Domains

  • Understanding how young children learn, sensory perception, creativity and skills development, learning and experience
  • Developmental domains: physical, language, emotional, intellectual, social, arts and crafts
  • Learning styles, ways in which information is processed, perception, human senses
  • Cognitive learning, skills and milestones, forming memories, making decisions, attention spans, passive and active learning, the learning pyramid

Module 8 - Memory and Learning

  • Intelligent behaviour and remembering information; explicit, declarative and implicit memory
  • Memory and understanding, imagination, multi-sensory experiences, behavioural guidance
  • Memory processes, encoding, storage, retrieval; sensory, short-term, working and long-term memory, memory problems
  • Techniques, methods and tips for helping children improve memory

Module 9 - Styles of Teaching, Motivation & Engagement of Early Learners

  • ECEs and different styles of teaching, adapting teaching style to class and subject matter
  • Motivating children’s learning, methods of motivating pre-schoolers
  • Learner engagement, children’s attention, curiosity, hands-on activities, manipulatives
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, praise as a motivator, positive comments, truthful valuation, body language signals

Module 10 - Classroom Community, Co-operative Learning, Psychological Needs

  • Building a classroom community, attitudes and values, the ECE’s role, planning and practice, respectable behaviour, belonging and acceptance
  • Co-operative learning, positive interdependence, learning to share, ECEs as facilitators, teamwork activities
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, physiological-biological, safety-security, belonging-love, esteem and ego, self-actualisation, lower and higher order needs
  • Maslow’s hierarchy applied to education, children and pre-school children

Module 11 - Early Learning Classroom Management

  • Daily class schedules, structure, classroom procedures, methods and reminders, acceptable behaviour
  • Classroom routines, creating patterns and familiarity, repetition and habit, classroom rules
  • Free-choice time, the ECE’s facilitator role, scaffolding children’s learning, daily routines, transitions between activities
  • Questions and questioning, types of questions, effective questioning, responding to children’s questions

Module 12 - Early Learners with Special Needs

  • Definitions of special needs, special educational needs, disability, developmental delays, impairment, putting the child first
  • Inclusive child care, ECEs in inclusive classrooms, school administrators, socialisation and friendships, children with special needs and typically-developing children
  • Developmental delays in children, types, possible effects and problems; speech, hearing, visual, social and emotional disabilities and child care
  • Learning disabilities and child care, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ASHD; indications of learning disability



 Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Study & Training Publications.
  • A detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Self-Assessment Tests, Training Tests and Examinations.
  • Self-Assessment Tests and Recommended Answers for them, and a Progress Chart.
  • Two Progress/Training Tests (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) with an optional Tutorial Support Service.
  • The Final Examination** sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination.  **An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period. 
  • The prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of your Study & Training and on passing the Final Examination.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.

Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement. 
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email

For men and women already working in early childhood care and education, you will become a better-informed, more competent, modern and up-to-date ECE, able to provide higher levels of care and education to the children you are responsible for.  For people yet to start a career or gain employment in the field of early childhood care and education, this Program will provide you with vital understanding, guidance, structure and in-sight on how to become a great, well-trained, understanding and inspirational ECE.

A range of related Programs are available at Diploma level, and there are higher-level Programmes at Baccalaureate and EBA level as well.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £200
Or 3 monthly payments of £90
US Dollars:
Single payment of $400
Or 3 monthly payments of $180
Single payment of €300
Or 3 monthly payments of €135
Fee payment methods

Duration & Assessments

The Study Period is one year (12 months) but this is flexible; the Diploma can be completed in a shorter period, or you can take longer if necessary.


To gain your Diploma you need to sit and pass an Examination** (based entirely upon the contents of the Study Materials provided to you in your Program Fee). Full and clear details about preparing for and sitting the Exam are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, when you enrol. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide you should be able to achieve high marks and good grades - and obtain your prestigious International Diploma!

**An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.

(See the College Prospectus, or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the “Contact Us” page of this website, if you would like more information.)


An international Diploma from an accredited College, for professional development and career success, providing skills, competence and knowledge for ECE roles.