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

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them 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. This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. You should be at least 16 years old. Learners will be required to have achieved GCSE English and maths grade A* – C before commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. This qualification will take approximately 2 years to complete.

Qualification structure and assessment

The qualification has structured units around 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

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

Progression Route

Learners can progress to the NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF), or other higher level early years qualifications. Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • Assistant in Children’s Centres
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
Course Information

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