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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This course will help to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an Early Years Educator, working with children from birth to five years old.  You will also learn about the care and education of children aged between five and seven years old.

This qualification will replace the Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education for new students from September 2014, however existing Diploma in Childcare and Education students are still able to transfer to the same course from other colleges.

CACHE courses are national qualifications which provide you with a good foundation in child care, as well as practical skills in a child care setting. This course will help you develop the skills and knowledge for a wide range of careers that involve the care and education of young children.  You will learn through practical activities, written work and work placements.

Your studies will be focussed around four themes:

  • Health and well-being
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

Course content

Learners must achieve:

  • 15 mandatory units – internally assessed
  • Reflective Study / Extended Essay –externally assessed
  • Placement is a mandatory requirement of this course

Entry requirements

  • 16 years plus
  • Grade A*-C in either Maths or English and a grade D in the other.
  • A clear enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Future opportunities

Access to Higher Education - Foundation Degree or Degree in Childhood Studies, Early Years/Primary Education, Social Work and Nursing.

Progression from Level 2 certificate introduction to early years education and care is possible if functional skills English and maths at level 2 have been achieved.

Related careers
Primary or nursery education teaching professional Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.
Special needs education teaching professional Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.
Nursery nurse or assistant Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.
Childminder or related occupation Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.
Playworker Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.
Teaching assistant Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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