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Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3 Diploma at South Tyneside College

Course description

If you study this course you will undertake work placements in at least three settings. During the placements you are required to complete a Professional Practice Portfolio to gather evidence of your competence in an early years setting. This has been developed in consultation with employers to ensure that you develop the key basic skills, such as setting up and maintaining resource areas, which are vital to you becoming an effective early years educator. This qualification provides you with a solid understanding of the key areas of children's play, learning and development which is judged essential by the sector. An understanding of child development for the 0 to 7 age group and the links to theories of how children learn and develop is essential. A knowledge of child protection and your role within this.

The need for observations to inform practitioners of children's development and the importance of inclusive practice in supporting all children. This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. It is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education. 

Entry requirements

Year 1 Certificate in Childcare and Education (becomes specific entry criteria for the Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Year 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) 4 GCSEs grade A*- C. One must be English and another maths. If you are considering the course as a route into primary education please be aware that progression to university would require a GCSE in science at grade C or above. An interview with early years staff and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


One externally marked assessment for both certificate and diploma and an internally assessed portfolio.

Future opportunities

On successful completion learners can progress to university via UCAS, other higher education courses such as the Foundation Degree in Education and Care, other courses such as Support Teaching and Learning (STL), or into employment. Employment as an Early Years Practitioner is possible on achieving the Level 3 Diploma.

This would allow you to work with children from birth to five years. There is also potential employment within social work or health visitor teams to compliment the work of these professionals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Tyneside College directly.

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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