1Course Overview

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator

Course code: OSC1360

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  • Fully accredited CACHE Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator
  • Become a fully qualified Nursery Nurse
  • Successful students are qualified and work ready
  • Study alongside your work or placement
  • Assessor visit included and organised by us around you
  • Earn 32 UCAS points to support application for higher education
  • Set up your career in early years childcare

Become a fully qualified Nursery Nurse with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course. Successful students will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator working with children 0-5.

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.  

Upon completion of the course, students will also earn 32 UCAS points, which can be used towards further education in childcare studies.

In order to enrol on this course, students will need: 

  • To be working, or on placement, in a nursery in mainland England
  • Support from a workplace mentor

Students will be visited by an assessor 3 times during the duration of the course as part of the overall assessment.

Please note, in order to secure employment which counts in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings , you must also have a level 2 qualification in both English and Maths (i.e functional skills or GCSE level).

If you need to study Maths and English alongside the Early Years Educator course, please select from the following package options: 

Join over 75,000 people who have enrolled with Open Study College, and begin your journey to your dream job working in childcare.

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2Course Content

Theme 1 - Health and wellbeing 

  • Unit 1 (L/505/9300): Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition - GLH 20
  • Unit 2 (A/505/9809):  Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise - GLH 8
  • Unit 3 (M/505/9810): Support physical care routines for children - GLH 15
  • Unit 4 (T/505/9811): Promote children’s emotional well-being - GLH 14
  • Unit 5 (A/505/9812): Understand how to support children who are unwell - GLH 19

Theme 2 - Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

  • Unit 1 (F/505/9813): Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children - 21 GLH
  • Unit 2 (J/505/9814): Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children - GLH 20
  • Unit 3 (L/505/9815): Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice - GLH 21
  • Unit 4 (R/505/9816): Working in partnership - GLH 15
  • Unit 5 (F/505/9830): Engage in professional development - GLH 15

Theme 3 - Play, development and learning for school readiness

  • Unit 1 (Y/505/9817): Understand the value of play in early years - GLH 20
  • Unit 2 (D/505/9818): Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development - GLH 22
  • Unit 3 (H/505/9819): Promote enabling play environments - GLH 16
  • Unit 4 (Y/505/9820): Developing children’s emergent literacy skills - GLH 25
  • Unit 5 (D/505/9821): Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills - GLH 34
  • Unit 6 (H/505/9822): Support children’s transition to school - GLH 17
  • Unit 7 (K/505/9823): Develop children’s cognitive skills - GLH 20
  • Unit 8 (M/505/9824): Promote children’s speech, language and communication - GLH 21
  • Unit 9 (A/505/9826): Promoting children’s physical development - GLH 19
  • Unit 10 (T/505/9825): Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development - GLH 23
  • Unit 11 (F/505/9827): Support children with additional needs - GLH 30
  • Unit 12 (J/505/9828): Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children - GLH 37
  • Unit 13 (L/505/9829): Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs - GLH 34
3Other Information
Assessment

All units are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
Course Duration

You will have 18 months to complete the course.This allows you to work at your own pace. You will also need to complete 350 placement hours, across 3 age ranges (0 to 1 year 11 months; 2 to 2 years 11 months; 3 to 5 years)

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you or sent to you via email. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK's leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What are the entry requirements to enrol onto this course?

You will need to be at least 16 years of age to enrol onto this course. You will also need to have a placement in an early years setting in mainland England. Students also must have basic IT skills and be fluent in English Language.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

The course must be completed in 18 months. You must also have completed a recommended 350 placement hours.

How do I get my work assessed?

All units are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I need to be working in a nursery to enrol onto this course?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. The recommended number of placement hours for this course is 350 hours. It is important that your work placement is across the age range from 0-5 years. It is essential you secure a placement that can provide you with a suitably qualified level 3 mentor. An assessor will also need to sign off any additional evidence that you provide for assessment relating to your placement. 

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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