Childcare and Education CACHE Level 3 Diploma (Early Years Educator)

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Become an early years educator with the Childcare and Education CACHE Level 3 Diploma (Early Years Educator).

Prepare to become an early years educator (EYE) so you can work with children from birth to 5 years old, and gain knowledge of children aged 5–7 years.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the course which will help you to find work in the sector when you leave the college.

What I'll learn

The areas you cover on this programme are:

  • health and well-being
  • legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • play, development and learning for school readiness
  • professional development


How I'll learn

You learn through practical activities, written work and work placements. The placements – at local early years providers – are arranged through the college.

On this course you gain:

  • a Level 3 qualification that’s recognised within the sector
  • an extensive knowledge of Early Years
  • skills for lifelong learning


How I'll be assessed

You are observed in placement by a designated assessor, placement officer and personal tutor to help you meet the learning outcomes set out by the awarding body (CACHE). 

Tutorials support you in meeting the targets set for written work


Entry Requirements

To do this course you need, 5 GCSEs grade A*–C including English language and maths, a full relevant Level 2 qualification, including Level 2 functional skills in maths and English enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You must have a clear CRB with no criminal convictions, reprimands or cautions.

We would also like you to have completed at least one week’s work experience in a nursery or school in the foundation/reception classes before the start of your course.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.