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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Diploma

This course is a gold standard qualification that develops the needs of today's child care workforce. The broader range of services for children and families requires highly qualified, multi-disciplined professionals. It is designed to meet your needs as a care worker and the needs of your employers. This new qualification is part of a government framework that ensures the qualification will be recognised and valued nationally.


Exam Board: CACHE


  • What will I study and learn?

    The course enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which allows them to work with children from birth to 5 years. You will study topics such as child development, the value of play and health. You will be required to attend training placements in order to gain practical skills. The course is divided into two stages and upon achievement it is intended that you can access higher education or enter the workforce as an early years educator.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a variety of methods: by external and internal written assignments, research projects and evidence of competence in practical skills and knowledge when working with children and 1 external exam.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need a genuine interest and enthusiasm for working with young children and have a mature attitude and be motivated and organised. Some experience of caring for young children such as babysitting or school work experience would be useful.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4


    recognised Level 2 Childcare qualification at Distinction/Merit/A*-C as well as GCSE English and Maths at grade 4.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This qualification enables you to practise in almost every childcare and education setting including nurseries, crèches, pre-schools, schools and children's centres. It could also lead to roles as a home based childcare worker or nanny. You may progress to higher level qualifications for example teaching, nursing, the foundation degree in early years and other higher courses.

    The diploma attracts UCAS points which means most universities will accept it as an entry qualification for degree level study.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need to obtain a Police Check from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) to determine suitability as a 'fit' person to work with children. The DBS charge is currently about £44 and the check is done before the start of the course. You will need to buy some textbooks at a cost of approximately £70 and you will have to pay the weekly travel costs to your training placement.

  • How do I apply for this course?

    To apply, please click on the Apply button at the top of the page.

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CACHE level 3 childcare and education student wants to work with disabled and special needs children and loves the work placements on her course at Richmond upon Thames College in Twickenham

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“One of the most enjoyable things about the Childcare course is the work placements we get to go on. I worked in a nursery during my first year and got to practice the things I’ve been taught in the classroom in a real life environment. It was great to see how much the children enjoyed my lesson plans for playtime and messy play!”

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