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

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What does the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma qualification cover?

The  NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

This qualification follows the Early Years Educator criteria of the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.

We offer this qualification in two ways:

·         Classroom-based teaching and learning, and workplace assessment over 12-15 months, or

·         Blended distance learning, online teaching and workplace assessment over 15 months.

Mandatory units

The qualification has 23 mandatory units and the following four themes:

·         Theme 1: health and well-being

·         Theme 2: legislation, frameworks and professional practice

·         Theme 3: play, development and learning for school readiness

·         Theme 4: professional development

Entry requirements

Learners must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

NB.  Learners do not need to hold prior GCSE English and mathematics at C grade or above to enrol on the Early Years Educator qualification. However, once qualified, to be counted in staff ratios at level 3, candidates will need to hold relevant English and Maths qualifications at level 2 or above. See here for more information on acceptable qualifications.

Who is it suitable for?

Learners aged 16+ who meet the entry requirements should be in employment in an early years care and education setting. If learners are not employed at a setting but have arranged a work placement, please discuss placement with our training advisors to ensure suitability.

Do I need to be working to take these qualifications?

Yes, learners will need to be working or have a suitable work placement in an early years care and education setting as this qualification requires assessment in real working situations.

Advanced Learning Loans

If you are aged 19 or above, you may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan to help pay for your course fees. Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4, will qualify for these loans from the UK government. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000 a year!


Training offer

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