CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

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CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Who is this course for?

If you can demonstrate that you are a responsible person with the skills and qualities needed to care for young children, then this course is for you.

If you want to become a nursery officer or private nanny or if you are thinking about going onto University possibly studying for degree to become a primary school teacher, social worker or child psychologist this course is relevant to you.  

If you are interested in looking at what affects children’s education, health and social well-being and how their needs are met this course will cover this.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

Minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or higher, one of these must be Maths or English Language.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.


How long is this course?

This is a two year full-time course, commencing September 2021 and ending June 2023.


What will I study on this course?

The course is made up of 15 units. All must be achieved to gain the full diploma.

Unit 1 – Child development from conception to 7 years: This unit will provide you with knowledge and understanding of child development through the stages. You will learn about the theory and frameworks that inform early years practice and about the role of the early years practitioner.

Unit 2 – Children’s health and wellbeing: This unit provides you with knowledge and understanding of the health and wellbeing of children, including emotional wellbeing, physical care and nutritional requirements.

Unit 3 – Providing safe environments for children: This unit will provide you with the knowledge of how to keep children safe in early years settings, including Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Unit 4  – Child Health: This unit will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of child health. You will learn about common childhood illnesses, care routines when a child is unwell, childhood immunisations and your role as the early years practitioner when supporting a child who is unwell.

Unit 5 – Play and Learning: This unit will teach you about the role of play. You will learn about the theoretical approaches to play and learning, the different types of play and your role in supporting play. You will also learn about the role the frameworks have in relation to play and learning.

Unit 6 –  Understanding children’s additional needs: This unit will teach you about how to meet children’s additional needs. You will learn about the factors that affect development and the role intervention plays in supporting children with additional needs.

Unit 7 – Observation, assessment and planning: You will learn how to observe and assess children. You will gain an understanding of the skills needed to observe, the role frameworks play when assessing children and about the role of assessment in the planning cycle.

Unit 8 – Professional Practice Portfolio 1: You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to work with children. You will produce a portfolio of evidence that you will gain through your work experience.

Unit 9 – Supporting emergent literacy: You will develop a knowledge and understanding of children’s emergent literacy skills and learn about the current frameworks underpinning them. You will learn about the language and communication needs of children and how the early years practitioner supports them.

Unit 10 – Supporting emergent maths: In this unit you will develop a knowledge and understanding of children’s emergent mathematical skills. You will learn the concepts of maths and how to support children’s emergent mathematical development.

Unit 11 – Preparing for school readiness: The aim of this unit is for you gain an understanding of how to support children in preparation for school. you will learn about the factors that affect school readiness and how to work with others when supporting children in preparation for school.

Unit 12 – International Perspectives: You will learn about the various international perspectives to childcare and education. You will learn about the different ways children learn and develop an understanding of the various international approaches to children’s learning.

Unit 13 – Reflective practice for professional development: You will learn about the different employment opportunities and the role of reflective practice in enhancing your professional development.

Unit 14 – Professional partner


What Qualification will I gain?

This course will give you a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, which is equivalent to 3 A’Levels.

You will also gain ‘licence to practice’ at level 3 status.


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for. You will spend at two days a week in a work placement with block weeks taking place every term. 



What does this course lead on to?

This course is equivalent to three A levels – 72 to 168 UCAS Points (2016) –  and prepares you both for university entry or to become a level 3 early years’ educator and to work competently, safely and effectively with children aged 0 to 8 years, complementing the role of the parent or primary care giver.

There is direct progression to the Foundation or BA (Hons) Degrees in Childhood Studies at the University College Jersey.


How much will it cost?

• £36 per year registration fee
• £60 per year course material fee

All students require a DBS at a cost of £58


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608582 or email:


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