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

Attain practitioner status as an Early Years Educator

An ideal Ofsted-recognised qualification for learners seeking the 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 and Early Years Educator in a variety of care settings.

What’s involved in our Early Years Educator?

This Early Years Educator course provides you with an 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 prepares 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.

Looking to be included in the ratio? All you need is this Early Years qualification and your English and Maths Level 2 qualifications. For example, GCSEs graded A-C and Functional Skills. With these qualification in your pocket, you’ll instantly be included in the ratio. If you need English and Maths, Functional Skills is for you.

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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 years 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 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.

Acquire Early Years Educator status with this OFTSED-recognised qualification that's ideal for any learner looking 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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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: 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.

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 go over though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


Your progress will be assessed over several units of study. Each unit provides tasks and assignments carefully designed to aid your knowledge-based learning. It’s also a requirement that you complete 350 placement hours in a childcare setting to gain the relevant skills-based experience.

Most students organise this placement themselves and often are already working in a childcare environment. During your placement, observation by an assessor or qualified teacher is required. We recommend finding yourself an assessor. However, if that proves difficult, we can send an assessor to observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.

Course Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll attain fully-qualified status in the sector, as well as a license and the right to practice 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.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Level 3
Entry requirements
You don't need any prior skills or qualifications in order to enrol on this course. However, we would suggest that you've worked with children before or hold a Level 2 in Childcare.
UCAS Points
Section 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

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.

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.

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

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