NCFE CACHE – Level 3 – Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) – Advanced Apprenticeship

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NCFE CACHE – Level 3 – Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) – Advanced Apprenticeship

Who is this course for?

It is ideal for anyone who has been working in childcare with children aged 0-5 years and holds a level 2 childcare qualification OR has six months experience.

The qualification is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).


What are the entry requirements for the course?

A successful interview, a written task, a satisfactory DBS/Police Check (enhanced check) and reference will need to be completed prior to enrolment on this course.

No formal qualifications are required, but candidates must be working in a day nursery or reception class on a permanent contract, working with children 0-5 years for a minimum of 20 hours a week and have been doing so for 6 months prior to the start of the course, or hold a level 2 childcare qualification.

A good level of literacy and ICT is needed.  All candidates will need access to a P.C or laptop.  

All potential learners must be interviewed to determine suitability to be assessed in their place of work.  Strict entry requirements apply.


How long is this course?

30-week part-time course spanning over an academic year. 
The course will commence in January 2022currently every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:
00pm (depending on numbers, this may commence in September 2021).
20 months is given for assessment in the workplace and completion of the diploma. 


What will I study on this course?

Candidates must complete 61 credits to gain the award; these credits are made up from mandatory units and a longitudinal study.

The course follows three themes and units cover a range of topics, including:

  • health and well-being
  • legislation
  • frameworks
  • professional practice
  • play
  • development and learning for school readiness
  • professional development
  • healthy lifestyles
  • equality and diversity
  • promoting play
  • carrying out observations


What Qualification will I gain?

Work-based assessment and a complete portfolio will gain you a NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).


Will I go out on work experience?

All candidates must be employed on a permanent contract (minimum 20+ hours each week) in a private nursery or reception class in a school. 

6 months experience is also required.


How is the course assessed?

Assessment of competence in the workplace is necessary together with some assignment based reflection, making up a portfolio of knowledge. 

You may be assessed in three age ranges: 0-1 year 11 months; 2-2 years 11 months, and 3-5 years.


What does this course lead on to?

Possible CACHE Assessor Training after experience, or possible ‘Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies’.


How much will it cost?

This course may be funded by Trackers; for further information please contact or 449180. However, each candidate will pay £144 for NCFE CACHE registration and administration.  If Trackers are not funding, self-fund 2021 costs are £1360 PLUS £144 NCFE CACHE registration and administration.


How can I find out more?

For further information please contact Helena Whelan on: 608526 or email:


Extra Info?

This course will only run if there are sufficient numbers.


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