Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Qualification: CACHE Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

If you wish to embark on a career as an Early Years Educator, then this part-time course is for you.

This qualification has been approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership as meeting the 'full and relevant' qualification requirement for all Level 3 Early Years practitioners.

* If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

What you will learn

There are 23 mandatory units which have been structured to the following 4 themes:

  • Health and well-being
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

You will be required to complete work practice in 3 different age ranges, as set by the Government requirement:

  • 25 hours: Birth - 1 year 11 months
  • 133 hours: 2 years - 2 years 11 months
  • 192 hours: 3 years - 5 years

It is your responsibility to organise your placement rotation to be able to have access in your work setting to these age ranges.

Entry requirements
  • GCSEs grade A*-C in English and maths
  • You will need access to a minimum of 350 placement hours, working with children under the age of 5 years i.e. crèche, nursery, pre-school, reception class, or childminder
  • You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course
What next?
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years Care & Education
  • Work as an Early Years Educator