The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Entry requirements 

In order to enroll, learners must be at least 16 years of age.

Course Duration:

You have up to 12 months to complete this course.  Don’t worry if you need longer though, we can organize an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


As you progress on this course, you will be continually assessed on your ability to work at Level 3. The course takes place across 23 units, with learners required to achieve a total of 61 credits. You will need to volunteer at a practical placement for at least 350 hours, and you will be required to complete a longitudinal study and show competence in a real work environment. You will be assessed during observations, which should take place during your normal daily routine.

Your assessor will mark your written assignments, as well as sign off your observations

Course content:

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

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks, and professional practice  

Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Unit 2.3 WB: Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
Unit 2.4 WB: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Unit 2.5 WB: Working in partnership
Unit 4.1: Engage in professional development

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness  

Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years
Unit 3.2 WB: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development
Unit 3.4 WB: Promote enabling play environments
Unit 3.5 WB: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills
Unit 3.6 WB: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills
Unit 3.7 WB: Support children’s transition to school
Unit 3.9 WB: Develop children’s cognitive skills
Unit 3.10 WB: Promote children’s speech, language and communication
Unit 3.11 WB: Promoting children’s physical development
Unit 3.12 WB: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development
Unit 3.13: Support children with additional needs
Unit 3.14: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children
Unit 3.15: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs

Placement hours

During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the Real Work Environment.

To aid Assessors with discretionary decisions concerning individual experience in real work environments across the age range from 0-5 years: direct observations must continue to be used to assess competence with the age range the learner is working with but can be complemented with expert witness testimonies, reflective accounts including prior knowledge and professional discussions to assess knowledge, skills and competence outside of this age range.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

• Assistant in Children’s Centres
• Practitioner in nursery schools
• Practitioner in preschool classes in primary schools
• Pre-school worker

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