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:
Students will be visited by an assessor 3 times during the duration of the course as part of the overall assessment.
This package also includes GCSE English and Foundation Maths, which you will need in order to secure employment which counts in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings. You will be responsible for booking and paying for your own exams.
Alternatively, choose the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course plus GCSE English and Foundation Maths including exams. If you choose this option, we will book and pay for your exams on your behalf.
If you already have GCSEs or Functionals Skills in English and Maths, please select the standalone NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course.
Alternatively, if you need just Maths or English, please contact us for more information.
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Theme 1 - Health and wellbeing
Theme 2 - Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3 - Play, development and learning for school readiness
Structure and Calculations:
Fractions and Decimals:
Measures and Accuracy:
Section 2 Algebra
Notation, Expressions and Formulae
Solving Equations and Inequalities
Section 3: Geometry
Properties and Construction
Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Section 4: Proportion and Statistics
Ratio, Proportion and Change
Unit 1: Essential Grammar
Unit 2: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Unit 3: Writing Viewpoints and Perspectives
Unit 4: Speaking and Listening
Unit 5: Exam Tips
Note: This course contains a practical speaking assessment as well as written exams.
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
All units are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:
To achieve a GCSE in Foundations Mathematics you will be assessed across the 4 sections. Please note, the highest grade you can achieve is Grade 5. If you wish to study Higher Mathematics instead, please contact us. Components will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:
Paper 1 – Non-Calculator
Paper 2 - Calculator
Paper 3 – Calculator
Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.
To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. There are 2 paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Section A: Reading
Section B: Writing
Reading (40 marks / 25% - one single text)
Writing (40 marks / 25%)
Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
Section A: Reading
Section B: Writing
Reading (40 marks / 25% - two linked texts)
Writing (40 marks / 25%)
Non-examination assessment: Spoken Language
You will have 24 months to complete all 3 courses in this package. 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)
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!
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.
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?
All 3 courses in this package must be completed in 24 months. You must also have completed a recommended 350 placement hours.
How do I get my work assessed?
All units for the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:
The GCSE courses are assessed by external exams. You will be responsible for booking and paying for these exams. Please note, the highest grade you can achieve in GCSE Foundation Mathematics is Grade 5. If you wish to study Higher Mathematics instead, please contact us.
What is included in the cost of the course?
* 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?
You will be responsible for paying for the GCSE Maths and English exams.
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.
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.