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Childcare – Early Years Educator (NCFE Cache level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education) at Falmouth School

Course description

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years. Upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. This qualification is suitable for a range of learners wishing to work in early years education and care. The Diploma is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education and can be the first step towards gaining entry to a wide range of university courses. The course is also an alternative to traditional A levels but is at the same level of academic study and equivalent to Three A levels in size. In order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must complete 15 mandatory units, which are primarily marked by your tutor. Learners must also complete an Effective Practice Study Task and one Extended Assessment (externally set, externally marked by NCFE CACHE. As part of the course you will be required to undertake a weekly work placement, followed by a block of placement. All placements are arranged with local employers including Nurseries and Primary Schools and during the course of your two years on the course you may work in two different types of placement to ensure a range of age groups and experiences are covered. All placements are arranged with support from the school and regular visits from the school are required to undertake assessment in the work place and will occur throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Possible career pathways, including entry to university courses* on completion of the NCFE CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator Equivalent to 3 A Levels plus license to practise) include:  Early Years Practitioner  Nursery Management  Social Work*  Nursing*  Teaching*  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 Falmouth School directly.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years