Level 3 Diploma in Childcare: Early Years Educator

Link to the Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education website

Awarding Body: CACHE (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education)
Qualifications on offer: Level 3 Award and Certificate in Childcare and Education

What work tasks would a Level 3 Childcare Apprentice complete?

  • Contribute to the observation, assessment and planning processes of the setting
  • Support children who are experiencing transitions
  • Contribute to and implement Health and Safety within workplace
  • Develop a positive inclusive environment that  meets children’s individual needs
  • Work effectively and in partnership with colleagues,  parents  and other agencies
  • Reflect on practice within own role
  • Support children to learn and develop within their early years through purposeful play and stimulation
  • Safeguard children
  • Develop, maintain and support relationships between children and others
  • Support positive behaviour and respond to inappropriate behaviour

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must be aged 16 or over and should have:

  • Minimum GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English
  • A warm, caring, patient nature
  • Good communication skills
  • A sense of responsibility
  • The ability to use their initiative and think on their feet
  • Ambition and drive
  • Passion for the role
  • A sense of humour
  • Good levels of physical fitness
  • Creative ideas
  • An awareness of safety and hygiene

How long is the course?

A Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Childcare takes approximately 18 months to complete (dependant on the individual). This is followed by an assessment to finalise the qualification.

How can I progress in Childcare?

After completing your Level 3 Diploma you may wish to progress further by enrolling on to a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies or joining our Management and Leadership Level 5 programme.

What Qualifications will I gain?

1. The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare: Early Years Educator
The QCF qualification will be gained through on the job training and assessment.

2. Functional Skills in English and Maths (if not already achieved prior to registering):
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths and English that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully. (GCSE A-C Maths and English are a requirement to be able to complete the level 3 EYE)

3. Standards:
These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. Standards are based around aspects of:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Behaviour

You will also gain a Paediatric First Aid qualification

Course summary:

This qualification is designed to help students build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to seven years.

The course covers a variety of units giving an in-depth understanding of the health and education needs of children including the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The method of learning is by one to one support at your setting and group teaching in the classroom or online.

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma gives the student a broad educational foundation for employment and careers in many areas within Early Years.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child Health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children’s additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

This course will be internally and externally assessed by a range of methods. This could include:

  • direct observation within the workplace
  • a portfolio of evidence
  • written assignments
  • a task set by CACHE

Once the portfolio is complete, learners will undertake an End Point Assessment. Learners will need to undertake a 35 question test and a professional discussion for 1.5 hours.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in working at an unsupervised level in the childcare workforce and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Childcare or wish to progress to Higher Education.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression to Higher Education Progression into employment – for example:

  • Early Years Educator
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
  • Home based child carer
  • Nanny

What if I don’t already have the required grades in English and Maths?

We offer Functional Skills training in English and Maths. These qualifications (or equivalent qualifications) are required before a level 2 or 3 certificate can be awarded. You can access Functional Skills training alongside our apprenticeship programmes or they can be completed on their own, even if you are not on our apprenticeship programme (See Short Courses).

These qualifications in English and Maths equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace. Learners will work towards achieving Level 2 Functional skills qualifications in English and Maths. These are assessed by externally set and marked tests which can be completed either on a computer or in paper form.

At the beginning of the programme, every learner’s strengths and weaknesses in all three areas will be identified through the use of a diagnostic test. A structured learner plan is then created to address the needs of each person, in order to prepare the learner for their tests.

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