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

Last updated: 13 August 2018

How to Apply

This course requires an informal telephone interview. Please click the orange button below to fill out the application form with your details and we will be in touch to arrange a time to contact you.

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