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Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) CACHE Level 3 Diploma (VRQ) at Gateshead College

Course description

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (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.

The aim of this qualification is to confirm the learner’s competence to work in a Level 3 work role.

It requires the learner to demonstrate the full application of skills, knowledge and understanding. This qualification will guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to early years.

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will hold a full and relevant qualification enabling them to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or progress to Higher Education.

Course content

CACHE have structured the units around the following four themes:

  • 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:

• 27 mandatory units

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades A* - C including English, maths and science (or equivalent)
  • Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. CACHE recommends 730 hours across the age ranges.

Future opportunities

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
  • Home based child carer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.