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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) - CACHE Level 3 Diploma 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.
The course aims to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively and gain essential knowledge and skills to support progression into the next stage of education or into employment.

This qualification prepares you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings which could include nurseries, children centres, home-based child care pre-schools or schools.

Course content


Topics covered on the course include;Child Development, Play and learning, Physical development and care needs, health and safety, working with parents, supporting speech and language, supporting personal, social and emotional development, safegaurding in the Early years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Reflective practice, Research skills, The Early years foundation stage and Supporting literacy and numeracy.


Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you will have progressed from level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education with a minimum of merit grades and a clear disclosure barring service form.


Units are assessed internally, learners must achieve a minimum of a grade D to be awarded the unit. There is an external Extended Assessment 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

After this course you will be qualified to work in the childcare sector as an Early years educator with a licence to practice in the vocational sector. Alternatively you may apply to university on a range of courses in the social sciences department.

Further information

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress to employment in the early years sector. You may also apply for a university course to further your studies.

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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