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The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for 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.

Career Destinations

On completion of this qualification you could progress on to employment as a:

  • Room Leader
  • Nanny
  • Childminder
  • Key Worker

What can I do next?

You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Early Years or enter employment.

What will I be doing?

Through attending College one evening per week, you will undertake units relating to the following mandatory themes:

  • Health and well being
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

Added Extras

You will be assigned your own personal Assessor who will support you with gathering evidence to support the assessment of your work.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification you will need to achieve a Pass in ALL units.

All units in this qualification are mandatory. Units will be internally assessed. There will be some innovative non-mandatory tasks for all but one of the units. The 'Longitudinal study' will be a mandatory task which will be set and internally assessed. You will need to show competence in a 'real work' environment

Entry requirements?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. 350 hours across the age ranges is recommended.

You must have a paid or voluntary role in an early years setting

What do I need to bring?

You may want to purchase the course book CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (VRQ).

Fee Information

Cost is £2,831. If you are 19+ you can apply for an advanced loan to help you pay for the course.


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