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Level 3 NCFE CACHE Diploma in Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (Work-based) (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This qualification is suitable for those who want to work in a range of early years settings and services with children from birth to 7 years (and their families).

You will develop your knowledge, experience and practical skills to be able to meet the individual needs of a child, in a supporting role.

You should be in paid employment or have a placement in an appropriate setting, for a minimum of 10 hours per week, arranged before the start of the course.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year and takes two years to complete.

The course is mainly assessed in the workplace and you will be assigned a tutor/assessor at the beginning of the course, who will work with you throughout the programme.

There is no full class room activity, the candidate will arrange to meet the assessor in College or at their place of work.

You will spend two days in varied childcare work placements. Some additional placement days may be necessary to complete the work placement portfolio.

What will I study?

You will study the following units:

Theme 1: Health and well-being

  • Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Unit 1.2 WB: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Unit 1.3 WB: Support physical care routines for children
  • Unit 1.4 WB: Promote children's emotional well-being
  • Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

  • Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Unit 2.3 WB: Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Unit 2.4 WB: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Unit 2.5 WB: Working in partnership

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

  • Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in early years
  • Unit 3.2 WB: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children's learning and development
  • Unit 3.4 WB: Promote enabling play environments
  • Unit 3.5 WB: Developing children's emergent literacy skills
  • Unit 3.6 WB: Developing children's emergent mathematical skills
  • Unit 3.7 WB: Support children's transition to school
  • Unit 3.9 WB: Develop children's cognitive skills
  • Unit 3.10 WB: Promote children's speech, language and communication
  • Unit 3.11 WB: Promoting children's physical development
  • Unit 3.12 WB: Promoting children's personal, social and emotional development
  • Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs
  • Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
  • Unit 3.15: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children's needs

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed by a mixture of assessment tasks, research projects and performance on work placement.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have GCSE English and maths at grade C or above, relevant Functional Skills may also be accepted, or a willingness to work towards these qualifications.

You must have a minimum of one day per week in a placement, preferably two days per week, over the course of two years.

You will need to pass a Disclosure and Baring Service Check and have an appropriate assessment outcome from induction.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £27,295 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

On successful completion of the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (EYE), you will have the opportunity to progress directly on to the FdA Early Years Practice at University Centre St Helens.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Tammy Halliday



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“Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

Sophie, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

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Why study Early Years, Youth Work and Education with us?

Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.


Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

Learning Experience

Develop your knowledge and skills in our interactive learning environment.