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

The CACHE Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF) 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.

Course Content

Apprenticeship Framework

  • Cache Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (EYE)
  • Cache Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Children and Young people’s Settings
  • GCSEs A-C/9-4 English and Maths
  • GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skill in ICT
  • PLTS (Achieved and evidenced)
  • Paediatric First Aid


Units covered:

  • 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


Learners must achieve:


  • 23 mandatory units (61 credits)
  • All aspects of the framework



To gain this qualification the learner will need to:


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


CACHE suggests that the following placement allocation is applied.

We acknowledge that some learners may need to spend longer in specific age ranges and for this reason there is a degree of flexibility. All assessment criteria must be achieved and each age range must be experienced. Significant placement experience across the age ranges must be undertaken in order to achieve the assessment


Age range

0–1 year 11 months


2–2 years 11 months


3–5 years



A portfolio of evidence is built up using a variety of methods for example reflective accounts, direct observation, research tasks and professional discussion.

Entry Requirements

Applicants would need to be working in a childcare environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will need to show competence in both theory and practice. You will be asked to undertake an assessment in English and Maths working at a Level 1 to Level 2. A clear DBS check will need to be in place.

Learners should have gained a minimum of one C/4 grade in either Maths or English with a requirement to have achieved C/4 grades in both subjects on exit.


2 years, one evening a week from 17:00-21.00


On successful completion of Level 3, students can progress onto a Foundation Degree or continue employment. 

Additional Information

Course Fees

For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

Carshalton College is located in the town of Carshalton, Surrey and is ideally suited to students based in Sutton, Croydon and London.

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