NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting.
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If you’re looking for a richly rewarding career that lets you watch children grow and develop before your eyes, then our online NCFE CACHE accredited Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education will get you started on your journey. You’ll also learn about the frameworks that can be applied to children’s development, how to provide a safe environment for them to learn and play, how to support emergent literacy, and much more. Even better, you’ll be able to study in your own time, at your own pace. In this knowledge-based course, you’ll study child development from birth to the age of seven years and learn how to meet the physical and emotional needs of young children.

This approved level 3 award in childcare and education will provide an essential foundation of knowledge to seek further education or practical experience within the early years sector and within an Ofsted-regulated environment.

This course is ideal for learners who aren’t ready or able to commit to a childcare course which includes practical experience but who would still like an introduction or a refresher in early years education. It’s also perfect for anyone seeking to achieve a solid foundation of knowledge before pursuing the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, which will grant practitioner status as an early years educator.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Child development from conception to 7 years

    In this unit, you’ll learn about the stages, sequences, and theories of development, from conception, all the way to childhood. You’ll explore what makes a healthy pregnancy, the factors that might influence fetal development, and exactly what influences the health and behaviour of a child as they learn and grow. Next, you’ll study the role of the practitioner, and the impact they can have upon learning about physical, cognitive, and language development. You’ll discover the importance of developing a close working relationship with parents and colleagues, as well as which professionals you should go to for help when you need it.

  2. Unit 2 - Children's health and well-being

    In this unit, you’ll look at the ways you can support children’s needs and wellbeing. You’ll look at the ways in which attachments and secure relationships are formed, as well as gain a solid understanding of ‘attachment theory’. You’ll explore everything the effect a child’s environment has on their physical wellbeing, the importance of sleep, and SIDS risk factors. Finally, you’ll delve into diet and nutrition, how to plan a weaning programme, and the benefits of exercise for children.

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.

This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is 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.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Students must pass two mandatory units to complete this course. Each module is followed by a written assignment which will be marked by your personal tutor and graded from A*-D. You won’t need to take an exam.

Entry requirements

We recommend that you hold level 2 qualifications in English and maths such as GCSEs or functional skills. There is a minimum study age of 16.

Courses Taught by Experts


Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  



STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.



Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

Laura, tutor


Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!



Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

Kelly, tutor