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The Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3 Diploma

Health & Social Care Tresham College


The Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3 Diploma

To Prepare 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. NCFE CACHE have surpassed the minimum requirements set out in the Full and Relevant Criteria to develop a qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.


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Course information

Entry requirements

You must be at least 16 years old. Learners will need to be working, in an Early Years setting to show competence in both knowledge and skills. You will need to work in a real work environment for a minimum of 350 recommended placement hours and be able to demonstrate competency in both knowledge and skills in the areas of 0-11months, 11months to three years and three to five years. This may mean three different working environments.

Essential: Those wishing to take out the Advanced Learner Loan must have their English and Maths GCSE Grade A-C certificates prior to application.

Course content

In order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) learners must gain a total of 61 credits. To do this, they must achieve all 23 mandatory units.

The course is based around three themes:

  • Theme 1 – Health and Well-being
  • Theme 2 – Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3 – Play, development and learning for school readiness


You will also be required to complete a longitudinal study.


You will gain:

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

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. You will have to access an e-portfolio, complete written assignments, activities, and undertake online learning. An assessor will also visit you in the placement to carry out observations.

Further study and career options

Course progression: Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher-level early years qualifications. This qualification has the following UCAS Points – Pass – 32.

Career progression: Job roles include practitioner in day nurseries, practitioner in Nursery schools, practitioner in reception classes in primary schools and pre-school worker.

Additional information

It is highly recommended that you purchase the qualification course book. As part of this qualification, CACHE recommends completing a Paediatric First Aid qualification.

Available Courses
Work Based
Starts: Various
Type: Part Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex
Fees: £2,573.00 Fee notes: The fee shown is the total cost for the course.
Work Based
Starts: Various
Type: Part Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex
Fees: £2,573.00 Fee notes: The fee shown is the total cost for the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free, as part of the National Skills Fund.

Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

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  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.