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

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.


Course Content

We have structured the 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

Learners must achieve:

  •  350 Placement hours.
  •  23 Mandatory Units

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in maths and English at grades 9-4(A*-C) or Functional Skills Level 2.  You will need to be in a suitable workplace, either as a volunteer or in paid employment.

A 19+ Advanced Learning Loan is available for this course.



To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all 23 mandatory units
  • Complete 1 longitudinal study


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'.

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


12-18 months, one evening per week in college.


Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will gain their licence to practise and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or progress to Higher Education. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  •  Practitioner in day nurseries
  •  Practitioner in nursery schools
  •  Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  •  Pre-school worker


Additional Information

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

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