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

Our course code: X323

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An ideal Ofsted-recognised qualification for learners seeking knowledge for a career involving the care and education of young children. For example, working as a childminder, nursery nurse or Early Years worker. Upon completing the course, you’ll attain practitioner status as an Early Years Educator. Moreover, with fully-qualified sector status, you’ll gain a licence and right to practice as an Early Years Educator in a variety of care settings.

What’s involved in our Early Years Educator Diploma?

This Early Years Educator course provides you with extended knowledge of caring for children aged 0-7. As you progress, you’ll explore key topics such as health and well-being, legislation, play and development when caring for children. You’ll also consider your own professional development through reflective practice.

As a result, you’ll know how to support healthy lifestyles for children by having an understanding of nutrition, exercise and care routines. Furthermore, you’ll be able to follow key laws, policies and procedures, such as safeguarding and welfare, health and safety, and inclusive practice when working with children.

Finally, you’ll see how play, development and learning prepare children for school. We’ll discuss the value of Early Years before looking at planning and leading play opportunities. More importantly, you’ll learn to recognise and develop emerging English and Maths skills, along with speech, language and cognitive skills.

Aims of this Early Years Educator qualification

As childcare is a competitive industry, we’ve designed our Early Years course to give you exactly what employers ask for – a nationally recognised qualification. In addition, employers want to know that you have the skills and knowledge to look after children. Completing our Level 3 Diploma will show employers that you have been trained to the highest standards. Moreover, it shows that you have the best Early Years training available.

For employment, all you need is this Early Years qualification and your English and Maths Level 2 qualifications. For example, GCSEs graded A*-C  or Level 2 Functional Skills. With these qualifications in your pocket, you’ll be included in the Level 3 staff: child ratio in childcare settings. If you need English and Maths, Functional Skills is for you.

There is strong demand for skilled individuals to work with young children in a variety of settings. Maximise your chances of success by enrolling with Oxbridge? Start learning without limits with expert support today!

Key takeaways for this Early Years Educator course

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to care for children from birth to five
  • Develop extended knowledge of caring for children aged five to seven
  • Earn Early Years Practitioner status when you complete the course
  • Discover what you need to thrive in as part of the early year’s workforce
  • Amass competence and experience that will impress employers

Potential career paths with an Early Years qualification

  • Nursery Nurse
  • Children’s Centre Worker
  • Early Years Educator
  • Early Years Teacher
  • Private Nanny
  • Childminder
  • Playschool Attendant
  • …and many more

To successfully complete this course, you’ll need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement working with children aged 0-2, children aged 2-3, and children aged 3-5. This is because you need to demonstrate that you have and can work with children of all ages in real working situations.

An ideal Ofsted-recognised qualification for learners seeking the knowledge needed for a career involving children.

  • A formal qualification

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

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  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X323
  • Qualification code: 601/2629/2
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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 600 hours to complete this course. This is about an hour a day over the course duration.

Study Method

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 Duration

You have up to 18 months to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you need longer though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This Level 3 qualification aims to provide you with everything you need to develop professionally as an Early Years Educator and to expand the career opportunities available to you.

As you progress on this course, you will be continually assessed on your ability to work at Level 3. The course takes place across 23 units, with learners required to achieve a total of 61 credits. You will need to volunteer at a practical placement for at least 350 hours, and you will be required to complete a longitudinal study, and show competence in a real work environment. You will be assessed during observations, which should take place during your normal daily routine. Your Oxbridge tutor will mark your written assignments, as well as sign off your observations.

Your performance in the workplace can be assessed by a workplace assessor who has held a supervisory role for over two years, and has an Early Years qualification at Level 3 or above. Alternatively, you can choose an assessor who holds a qualification such as A1 or CAVA, alongside an Early Years qualification at Level 3 or above. Oxbridge will verify the suitability of your assessor, and offer free guidance as to how to observe and write in a format suitable for marking by your tutor. An Oxbridge assessor can also be provided for you if required, for an additional fee. Find out more about what’s required of an assessor here.

When you submit your written work, you will be required to include a bibliography using clear citations and references. You will also need to provide documentation of your work, such as an evidence record, and a log of placement hours. Your tutor will explain exactly what is needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll attain fully-qualified status in the sector, as well as a license and the right to practice in the childcare workforce as an Early Years Educator.

Successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about CACHE here.

To successfully complete this course, you’ll have needed to achieve work placement time working with children aged 0-2, children aged 2-3, and children aged 3-5. This is because you need to demonstrate that you have and can work with children of all ages.

Once complete, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • practitioner in day nurseries
  • practitioner in nursery schools
  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • pre-school worker
  • home-based child carer

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - You don't need any prior skills or qualifications in order to enrol on this course. However, you must be at least 16 years old, and we would suggest that you've worked with children before or hold a Level 2 in Childcare.

UCAS Points - 32

Credits - 61

Course Content

1: Theme 1: Health and well-being

Unit 1.1 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Unit 1.2 WB: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Unit 1.3 WB: Support physical care routines for children
Unit 1.4 WB: Promote children’s emotional well-being
Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell

2: Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Unit 2.3 WB: Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
Unit 2.4 WB: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Unit 2.5 WB: Working in partnership
Unit 4.1: Engage in professional development

3: Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years
Unit 3.2 WB: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
Unit 3.4 WB: Promote enabling play environments
Unit 3.5 WB: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
Unit 3.6 WB: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
Unit 3.7 WB: Support children’s transition to school
Unit 3.9 WB: Develop children’s cognitive skills
Unit 3.10 WB: Promote children’s speech, language and communication
Unit 3.11 WB: Promoting children’s physical development
Unit 3.12 WB: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs
Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
Unit 3.15: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 18 months.

At some point, you will need to be observed by a qualified assessor or teacher. You can find an assessor yourself, but we will need evidence of their qualifications to assess. In addition, we can observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.

If you decide to opt for an Oxbridge assessor to come and observe you, there will be an additional cost. Please contact us to find out more.

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.

You don’t need a DBS check to study the course. However, your placement will likely require you to have been checked, they will usually organise this for you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

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

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!