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What is Platform 3: Study, Learn, Qualify?

Platform 3 is an innovative, accessible and cost effective online learning route for the delivery and undertaking of the Level 3 accredited qualification: Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication.

Platform 3 helps practitioners working with children and young people, from a wide range of backgrounds in all different locations, access this Level 3 continuing professional development (CPD) Award. As well as studying for both mandatory and optional units, learners will be supported by an assessor, using an e-portfolio, and assessed and accredited online. Learners can be based anywhere in the country and study at their own pace, in their own time. This will help enable settings, through a better qualified workforce, to provide high quality early education in relation to children's speech, language and communication.

Each of the units has learning outcomes with learning materials made up of slides with information, activities, portfolio tasks and transfer into practice reflective diaries.


Pilot Projects

Platform 3 2013 - 2015

From 2013-2015, through funding from the Department for Education's Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Grant scheme, The Communication Trust developed and piloted Platform 3: Study, Learn, Qualify.

230 Early Years practitioners were enrolled on the Platform 3 pilot, and 100% of those who completed the post qualification evaluation felt that they were more knowledgeable, confident and skills in:

  • Supporting development of speech, language and communication (SLC)
  • Identifying children who are struggling

To read the evaluation report for this pilot project please click here.


Platform 3 for Childminders

Following the success of the 2013-2015 pilot project, The Communication Trust was awarded further funding through the Department for Education VCS Grant Scheme for 2015-2016. We worked with PACEY to tailor the existing delivery mechanisms of the qualification to address the specific needs of childminders.

To read about one learner's experience of Platform 3, click here.

The evaluation report for the childminders pilot project can be accessed here.

Further information about the pilot projects can be found here.