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

This Ofsted-recognised qualification is ideal for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed for a career involving the care and education of young children, including childminding, nursery nurses, early years workers. 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.

Childcare is a competitive industry, and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications. There is strong demand for caring, skilled individuals to work with young children in a variety of settings, from playgroups and nurseries to schools.

Completing our Level 3 Diploma will show you have been trained to the highest standards and are equipped with the best early years training available.

The Early Years Educator qualification aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and skills of caring for children from birth to 5
  • Provide learners with an extended knowledge of caring for children aged 5-7.

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • Guide and assess the development of skills and knowledge for the early years workforce
  • Confirm competence for those working towards Early Years Educator status.

This is the qualification required to become:

  • Nursery Nurse
  • Children’s Centre worker
  • Early Years Educator / Teacher
  • Private Nanny
  • Childminder
  • …and many more

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

Placement

In order to achieve this qualification, you will be required to do a minimum of 350 hours in a suitable placement environment.

Most students organise this placement themselves and often are already working in a childcare environment.  Don’t worry, if you really get stuck (which is unusual), we can provide an assessor to visit you in order to achieve the observation element of this qualification, we can organise this for you for an additional fee.  Our assessor would spend 2 consecutive dates with you.

Observations

Observations are required throughout the course at your placement. We suggest that the observations are taken place by the nursery manager. (Who must be qualified) In your course pack, there will be a document for the nursery manager to fill out their details to show us that they are fully qualified to carry out the observations of your work during your placement. If your nursery manager cannot complete this, Oxbridge Home Learning will send a qualified assessor to complete these observations at an additional fee to be disclosed.

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)
Difficulty
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
32
Credits
61
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.

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.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

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

During your placement, observation by a qualified teacher, assessor, or potentially, a higher level person of management, is required to complete your course. You can find yourself an observer, or we can send one of our tutors to come observe you. There will be an additional cost starting from £250 per day for us to come and assess you. However, there will be a discounted rate based on total number of days you need to be observed or assessed. This can be discussed with your tutor to ensure it meets your personal requirements as a learner.

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

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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