Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3

The Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3 programme is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 8 years of age. They cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. Learners will need to be at least 18 years old at the point of enrolment.

Work placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

We recommend that the placements should be undertaken in at least two different settings so that all three of the following age ranges are covered.

Age RangeMinimum required hours in a work setting
0 – 1 year 11 months25
2 – 2 years 11 months133
3 – 5 years192

Attendance is closely monitored by your tutor and training advisor. Excellent attendance is required in order to achieve the qualification.

What will I learn?

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) units:

The course combines developing your practical skills at work combined with theoretical knowledge at college.

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)
  • 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

How will I be assessed?

The above modules will be assessed practically and through written assessments. This is a practical course where students are expected to provide evidence through classroom activity, guided assignment work, practical sessions and workplace experience.

What award will I achieve?

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce EYE.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of working with children to support their learning, and development. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study and be responsible for their own learning. Students on this course are required to be either employed or working in a voluntary capacity in a suitable childcare setting that can include Nursery, Pre-school or School.

Additional entry requirements include GCSEs Maths and English at grades A*-C (9-4). Individuals that do not meet the qualification criteria but do have significant experience within the skills sector will still be considered on an individual basis. We offer English Language and Mathematics GCSE intensive resit programmes over 32 weeks to adults over the age of 19. These are part-time courses consisting of one 3 hour session per week with a subject specialist tutor. To have full licence to practice you must have obtained GCSE Maths and English on completion of this programme.

Course Progression

Possible progression to higher education programmes. Higher education opportunities may include the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Colchester Institute.

How To Apply

To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete and return the part-time application form in the next menu.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some part-time courses will run more than once per academic year.

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Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the part time application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

The College at Braintree
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If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

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Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3
LevelLevel 3
Duration36 weeks. Work experience can take up to 18 months duration.
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2020
AttendanceClassroom based delivery is 1 day per week 10am - 2pm
Fee(s)19+: £2,882


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