Level 3 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care


Develop your knowledge and skills to work in an early years setting as well as gaining a qualification to progress onto further courses relating to early years education and care.

This course prepares you to work in childcare or education related careers. It provides you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for working with children from birth to five years old. You will also meet the skills and competency range required to achieve ‘early year’s educator’ status. You will be required to complete 750 hours of work placement over two years and must cover the following age ranges:

• 0 – 1 year & 11 months

• 2 – 2 years & 11 months

• 3 – 5 years

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

Two years

Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:

• Foundation Degree in Early Years

• Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care

• Further training towards becoming a full-qualified nurse

• Primary Education with QTS

Employment options may include:

• Supervisory role (within a work setting after appropriate experience)

• Level 3 Teaching Assistant

• Private Nanny (home or abroad)

• Children’s Holiday Co-ordinator

Course Costs
Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course.
There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.

Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees

Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course)
Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please telephone 01691 688029 to speak to somebody who will be able to help.

What does this subject include?

Topics you will cover include:
• Child Development from Conception to Seven Years
• Children’s Health & Well-being
• Play & Learning
• Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
• Supporting Emergent Literacy
• Providing Safe Environments for Children

The CACHE Diploma consists of 13 taught units and one practical placement unit which are delivered over two years. Units 1-7 are
delivered as part of the Certificate in the first year and units 9-14 and 16 are delivered as part of the Diploma in the second year:
Units 1-14 will be assessed with written assessments which are graded A*- D.

Unit 16 is assessed in placement through observation and work products and there are two externally set controlled assessments
(one in each year). All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in early years
  • Professional practice portfolio

What is the structure of the course?

The CACHE Diploma consists of 13 taught units and 1 practical placement unit which are delivered over two years.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including English and maths.
  • It would also be beneficial to have completed work experience or a voluntary placement with children aged birth to 5 years old.
  • Successful interview and initial assessment

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