Level 3 Introduction to Early Years Education and Care


The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education prepares you to work in early years related careers. This two-year programme provides you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for working with children from birth to 5 years old. You will also meet the skill and competency range required to achieve ‘early year’s educator’ status. You will be required to complete 750 hours of placement over two years and must cover the following age ranges:

  • 0 – 1 year 11 months
  • 2 – 2 years 11 months
  • 3 – 5 years

What does this subject include?

  • 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.

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