Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education NCFE CACHE

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education teaches learners crucial knowledge, which is 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. This course is the first two units of the full diploma: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator).

Students do not require a placement or any previous knowledge of working with children to complete this course. The full qualification is fully recognised & accepted by Ofsted. Childcare is a competitive industry, and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications.

On this course, you will:

  • Learn and develop your understanding of development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year of life.
  • Understand stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years
  • Recognise children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being and the physical care needs of children.
  • Undertake professional development and Upon completion of the qualification, you should have a much better understanding of a variety of early years’ practices and procedures to help you care for children to the highest possible standard.

The Ofsted-recognised qualification delivers the key information relating to the health and development of children in Early Years settings.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X320
Qualification code: 601/3998/5

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.

Study Hours

It takes around 180 hours to complete this course.

Course Duration

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.

Study Method

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.


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.

Course Outcomes

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.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
UCAS Points
Section 1
Child development from conception to 7 years

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.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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