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Childcare - Level 3 CACHE Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) at Wakefield College

Course description

Working with babies and young children can be a very rewarding career with a wide range of job roles available to qualified Early Years Educators. This course will give you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to support children’s learning and development. 

Successful completion of the Certificate in the first year and demonstration of the qualities required to effectively work with babies and young children will allow you to progress onto the second year Diploma course. 

The second year of study will enable you to gain a greater understanding of children’s holistic development as well as developing your skills as a practitioner. The successful completion of the Diploma qualification will give you Level 3 qualified practitioner status, (Early Years Educator) enabling you to work with babies and children in day care and health care settings, nurseries and foundation stage units within primary schools. Both the first year certificate course and the second year Diploma course will also allow you to achieve UCAS points for entry to university. 

Course content

What you will study

You will study fourteen core units including:

Children's health and wellbeing
Development from conception to age 7 years
Working with young children
Play and learning
Supporting children with additional needs
Emergent maths
Emergent literacy
International perspectives
Professional practice

Your Course Structure

Classroom: 40%; Practical: 40% Independent Study/Research: 20%

How you will learn

Through a wide range of classroom and workshop-based activities, lectures, student presentations, group work, portfolio development and controlled assessment tasks.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4) including both English and Maths


Student work will be assessed through externally assessed assignments, controlled classroom based assessments, portfolio of evidence, and longitudinal studies involving the study of two children from two different age ranges in a real work environment.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Related additional costs include: two placement polo shirts, a CACHE student textbook, stationary (arch lever files) and the cost of any day/residential trips students choose to take part in.


Future opportunities

Further study

After successful completion of the course students can progress on to a Degree or Foundation Degree course in a related subject such as primary education, qualified teacher status, (early years or primary school teaching) play worker or family services related degrees.

Wakefield College offers a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development which can then be topped up to a BA in Early Years.

Career opportunities

The Early Years Educator Diploma qualification gives you a licence to practise unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity in a range of settings including nurseries, schools, day nurseries, family centres, private families and hospitals.

Potential job roles include: Early Years Educator within education or care, children's nanny, child minder, children's representative abroad or on cruise ships.

Please note if you are considering a career in primary teaching, most universities require GCSE at grade B or above in Maths and English, plus Science at grade C or above.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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