Where will this course lead?

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QRN: 601/2629/2) prepares learners 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, with a Licence to Practice.

In response to the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership Policy, Improving the quality and range of education and childcare from birth to 5 years, this qualification meets the criteria required for those wishing to become Early Years Educators.

What will I study?

In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment, the units are structured around the following three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Learners must achieve:

23 mandatory units

Credit value: 61

How will this course be delivered?

This course will be delivered in college one day a week and supported in a work environment by an assessor.

What qualifications will I get?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QRN: 601/2629/2)

How will I be assessed?

All units will be internally assessed as achieved or not achieved.

All units are mandatory and include a longitudinal study.

There are two main types of learning outcome:

  • Skills that can be performed
  • Knowledge that can be learnt.

Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview and completion of an initial assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be aged 19+ to enrol on this course.

You must hold a relevant L2 qualification, and GCSE Grade 4 in English and maths (or L2 functional skills)

Ideally, you will be employed in an early years setting.

What else do I need to know?

All students working with children will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Security Check.

*Part of the Free Courses for Jobs project. Eligibility criteria apply.

What can I do after this course?

Job roles include:

  • practitioner in day nurseries
  • practitioner in Nursery schools
  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • pre school worker


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NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early years Educator)

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