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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Overview

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 Ofsted-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

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'll learn

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.

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.

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Awarding Body

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Why study a Childcare course online with Oxbridge?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, we have a much higher-than-average pass rate, 20% higher to be precise, which we believe is down to our excellent tutors and learning materials, including videos, e-books and quizzes.

It’s our mission to make childcare training fun and exciting, the way it always should have been. But, sadly, that’s not the experience many of our students have had with traditional education.

From early years practitioners to SEN specialists, our courses can help you follow your passion. So take a look through our courses, and if you struggle to pick, ask our learning advisers for their input.

What qualifications do I need to work in a nursery?

No official qualifications are required in order to work as a nursery assistant. However, getting qualified will help you stand out from other candidates, and help you progress in your nursery career.

What are the benefits of studying your Childcare courses from home?

By studying childcare from home, you take away the strain of having to travel to a particular place at a specific time and learn at a pace that’s dictated by your entire class.

So whether you’re an early riser or concentrate better late at night, you’re in complete control of your study schedule and can spend as much or as little time as you need on each unit; that’s why so many of our students complete their courses much sooner than anticipated.

Additionally, you can reap the advantages of one-on-one time with your personal tutor; whether you need help or advice, they are fully qualified in the sector you’re hoping to work in. All of our tutors love seeing their students succeed; it’s not just a job to them; they genuinely are rooting for you.

Do you need Maths and English for Childcare Level 3?

The entry requirements for a career in childcare will vary depending on your role and responsibilities. With that said, employers will likely expect candidates to hold a maths and English qualification at GCSE level as a minimum requirement.

If you don’t currently have these, don’t worry. We recommend that you get in touch with our learning advisors for support and advice. Alternatively, it’s never too late to achieve fantastic GCSE grades through an online course.

Why study Childcare courses online?

You’re never too old to discover your passion and change your life. The beauty of opting for an online childcare course is that you don’t have to turn your entire world upside down.

Online courses offer flexibility that traditional establishments just can’t. You don’t need to quit your job or sacrifice your other commitments and responsibilities. We will work with you to make sure you succeed.

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