The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education teaches learners the crucial knowledge necessary when working with children. The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting. The course also teaches what is required of an Early Years Educator during this important stage in life.
Students much be age 16 or over to enrol. For this course, you do not require a placement or any previous knowledge of working with children. The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress to the Level 3 certificate. This qualification is fully recognised & accepted by Ofsted. Furthermore, UCAS points have been allocated to this qualification. For a full breakdown of points, please see the UCAS performance points table.
The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting.
This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.
It takes around 180 hours to complete this course.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, you will complete five tutor-marked assignments that will be graded A – D.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we suggest a number of up to 180 study hours to complete this course. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
In order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education, learners must pass two mandatory units.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
Staff involved in the Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance of this qualification must be able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and/or occupational competence, at the same level or higher as the units being assessed and internal quality assured. This may be gained through experience and/or qualifications.
Evidence of Assessment:
The completion of an ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ form is mandatory. This will be provided and your tutor will detail exactly what is needed.
In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.
This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
Holders of the Award and Certificate in Childcare and Education can achieve a supervised Early Years role. You can also move on to become an Advanced Practitioner, where you can work as a practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, and also a nanny.
Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - It is recommended that students hold GCSE English and Maths A*-C, including Level 2 qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills). This will also apply to an apprenticeship route.
Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years
Credits - 11
This unit covers the biological and psychological development of children from birth to seven to years, and the role that an early years practitioner might have within this process. Students will learn what active steps an early years practitioner can take to aid the development of children. They will also learn about the frameworks that can be applied to young children’s development in order to guide the understanding of the process, and to set appropriate milestones for development.
This unit focuses directly on the physical and emotional needs of young children. This includes dietary and nutritional requirements, health & safety, emotional needs during stressful or transitional moments, and the need for regular exercise. All of this is framed within the context of what an early years practitioner might be expected to understand and help to deliver, for children in their care.
When entering the childcare industry, there are a few mandatory elements that you will have to secure before practising. They are neither difficult to obtain or time-consuming:
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