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Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator) CACHE Level 3 Diploma at Carshalton 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.

Course content

We have structured the units around 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:

  •  61 credits
  •  350 Placement hours.

Entry requirements

GCSEs in maths and English at grades A*-C.  You will need to be in a suitable workplace, either as a volunteer or in paid employment.

A 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is available for this course.



To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study


CACHE suggests that the following placement allocation is applied.
'We acknowledge that some learners may need to spend longer in specific age ranges and for this reason there is a degree of flexibility. All assessment criteria must be achieved and each age range must be experienced. Significant placement experience across the age ranges must be undertaken in order to achieve the assessment'.

 A portfolio of evidence is built up using a variety of methods for example reflective accounts, direct observation, research tasks and professional discussion

Future opportunities

This qualification has been awarded 280 UCAS points; the equivalent of two A levels at A* grade.

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

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 February 2016
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