CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Year's Workforce (Early Years Educator qualification)
This course carries 32 UCAS points.
Qualification Level: 3
Awarding Body: CACHE
Regulated Qualification (QRN) Number: 601/2629/2
Placement Required: Yes
Recognised Qualification: Yes. RQF
Entry Requirements: L2 Literacy and Numeracy preferred
Minimum Age: 16 Years
Pre-requisites: None. However, if you do not have L2 in Maths and English, you may wish to consider our Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner with EYP status
Duration: 48 weeks of guided learning plus placement evidence. The enrolment period is 12-18 months.
Payment types: Instalments available Payment types: Instalments available - Pay in full or pay a 10% deposit plus the option to spread the balance across up to 12 months.
Resources included: Full tutor support, workplace observation and assessment, Hodder/CACHE digital textbook, online learning materials and student support forum
This qualification has the following UCAS Points - P - 32.
Full Early Years Educator Status can only be awarded to students who have achieved English and Maths at level 2. Our EYP L2 qualification may be better for your needs if you do not yet have level 2 in English and Maths.
Price Comparison details correct at time of publishing: 5/06/2020
The Early Years Educator Diploma is the qualification that is recognised by child care settings. Take this qualification to progress your career in early years education and settings, including nurseries, children's centres, pre-schools and school foundation units.
Kick start your rewarding career by learning about the importance of play in learning, child development and your role in caring for children. This course has a very practical element to it, meaning you will need to complete quite a few tasks within a voluntary or paid placement. The knowledge parts of your course are studied via a range of optional online group sessions, on-demand learning module accessed online, and through on-going support with your tutor through our learning portal.
Complete your portfolio over a period of 50 weeks with a range of creative tasks and projects, designed to enhance your knowledge and prepare you for the amazing role of the Early Years Practitioner. You will also have a final assessment that will be arranged towards the end of the course. This will include an observation, final knowledge and understanding paper as well as a professional discussion. This will be held at your placement setting with an assessor from NCCE’s tutor team.
This qualification is suitable for learners who work, or wish to work, with children from birth to 5 years old in a variety of settings. The qualification prepares learners for employment as Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. It develops the knowledge and skills required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged 5 to 7 years. The qualification also provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for learners working towards Early Years Educator status.
There is not a requirement for learners to have GCSE grades A*–C in English and maths prior to commencing this qualification however learners should be aware that this, or its equivalent such as Functional Skills, is required to attain Early Years Educator status.
It is not essential for learners to be in employment to undertake this qualification, but they must have access to a suitable workplace to be able to meet the work experience requirements.
You will need to have access to a suitable placement within the early years, covering children from birth to five. You will need support from a willing supervisor (for witness statements and signing of practical work).
You will need to record 350 hours of placement activity within your placement log. You may complete the work with any age group in the Early Years. The placement tasks may be completed over the duration of the course, or you may take “block weeks”. Therefore, it is important to note that you may begin the course without a placement, but you must complete the required placement tasks before you will be awarded your certification.
If you are working in a school setting, you may find our qualification 'Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools' more appropriate for your needs.
The Early Years Educator course is broken into 8 6-week blocks, as follows. Blocks are independent from one another, and your starting "block" will vary depending upon when you enrol with the college.
Block 1: Child Development (Units 3.9, 3.10 and 3.11). In this block, you will consider the expected developmental patterns of young children from birth to 7 years, covering cognitive development, speech and language development and physical development. You will explore your role as practitioner in supporting children's needs in these areas and how each area has an impact on the other in a holistic manner.
Block 2: Healthy Lifestyles and Physical Care (Units 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3). During this block, you will consider the frameworks and initiatives that are in place to support children's healthy lifestyles- such as through nutrition and physical activity. You will also look at the role of the practitioner in providing phsyical care for young children.
Block 3: Safeguarding and Welfare (Units 1.5 and 2.2). This block covers the fundamental issues of safeguarding and child protection and your role as practitioner in ensuring that key processes and procedures are followed and why. You will also explore your role in the handling of medicines and supporting children who are feeling unwell or preparing for a stay in hospital.
Block 4: Legislation in the Early Years (Units 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5). This block covers the legal requirements in terms of promoting equality and diversity, health and safety and effective and safe partnership working.
Block 5: Emotional and Social Development (Units 1.4 and 3.12). Within this block, you will consider the role of the practitioner in supporting the emotional well-being of children in your care. This will include theoretical understandings of attachment as well as the importance of the Key Worker approach within the early years of childhood.
Block 6: Young Children's Play (Units 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4). Within this block, you will explore the exciting world of play. You will gain an understanding of a child's right to play and what children gain from playing. As a practitioner, you will develop an awareness of when play should be planned for, and when children should be left to create their own worlds of play.
Block 7: Young Children's Learning (Units 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7). This is a challenging block, that considers your role in supporting children's mathematical and literacy development as well as how you can prepare children within your setting to make that big transition into school.
Block 8: Observation, Assessment and Supporting Additional Needs (Units 3.13 and 3.14). Within this block, you will explore a range of observation and assessment types that can be used in the Early Years, and why assessment is important in supporting children's progression as well as finding out if a child needs some intervention or support.
Placement Activities: Longitudinal Study, Professional Practice Log, Activity Plans to complete with the children, record of 350 hours in practice.
Assessment and Sign off: Professional Developement Planning Activities, Observation and Assessment Day.
Learners can progress to the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner or other higher level early years qualifications.
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. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:
• Assistant in Children's Centres
• Practitioner in nursery schools
• Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• Pre-school worker
Details correct at time of publishing: 5/06/2020