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Childcare & Education - CACHE Level 3 Certificate at East Durham College

Course description

This course is designed for students who are interested in working with children aged 0-7yr 11 months.
It reflects the latest developments and approaches within the early years sector. It aims to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively and gain essential knowledge and skills to support progression into the next stage of the level 3 qualification.

This qualification gives you the underpinning knowledge and skills to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings once you have gained the full Diploma in Childrens play learning and development.

Course content


Some of the topics covered on the course include; Child development, Play and Learning, Health and Safety in Early Years settings, Working with parents and Others in Early years, Safegaurding, Observation and assessment, Supporting speech and language, Supporting literacy and numeracy and the Early Years Foundation stage.


Entry requirements

To enrol on the course you will require 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade which must include Maths and English at a minimum of C grade. Or you may progress from level 2 in the subject area with a minimum of Merit and the GCSE Maths and English requirement. You must also hold a successful reference and a clear DBS (Disclosure Barring Service).


Units are assessed internally, learners must achieve a minimum of a grade D to be awarded the unit. There is an external Effective Practice Study Task which is marked by awarding body. Competence is assessed by an allocated assessor who will carry out direct observations of learners in a real work environment.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed the ceritificate you will be able to progress to the final year of the Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) and have a licence to practice in the sector.

Further information

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress to the second year of the course onto the Diploma in Childcare and Education to gain Early years educator status.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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