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Entry Requirements

4 GCSE passes at A*-C (grade 9-4). If your GCSE English or maths results are at grade D (grade 3), you will be able to resit.

Who is the course for

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. It is suitable for individuals with a level of responsibility, working in a variety of childcare settings.

Course Content

The course incorporates a range of assessment methods including a longitudinal study, internal and external assessments as well as competence in a real work environment.

Course themes include:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development.

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification and should be undertaken in at least two different settings.

Learners must achieve:

  • 23 mandatory units
  • 486 guided learning hours.

How is the course assessed

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment.

Where next - Further Studies

CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF), or other higher level early years qualifications.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Children Centre practitioner in children’s centres, Early Years practitioner in day nurseries/nursery schools/reception classes in primary schools or pre-school worker.

More Information

For Further information, please contact Matilda Johansson, Course Team Leader - Early Years on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 15 January 2018

How to Apply

This course requires an informal interview.

To arrange an assessment and interview time please contact Information, Advice & Guidance on 01895 853333.

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