NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC46
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. 

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator as you will gain a licence to practice.

This course is equivalent to 2 x A Levels. 


The qualification is structured around four themes:

Theme 1: Health and Well-being
Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Theme 4: Professional development


You will be required to undertake significant periods of work placement which will be assessed to develop your competence when caring for and interacting with babies and young children. This will be highlighted upon your yearly timetable showing where block periods of study/placement will occur.


The course also offers several visits that are specific and professionally relevant to the unit of study including:

A trip to a Forrest School/ Reggio Emilia School to gain experience and an understanding of international perspectives.
A visit to the Children's Ward at Rotherham Hospital.
Grimm & Co

How will it be delivered?

You must successfully complete:

27 mandatory units
Pass longitudinal study
Pass 3 externally set and marked assessments.

Entry requirements

General level 3 entry criteria including Grade 4 in English Language or Maths.
You will need to take English OR Maths alongside this qualification to allow progression into both the workforce and/or higher education. If you have both English and Maths you may chose another subject to sit alongside this.

Your next steps...

Further study:  Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner OR Foundation Degree.

Students can progress into various job roles in the voluntary, statutory and private sector including careers in / as:

Early Years Practitioner in Day Nursery
Early Years Practitioner in Nursery School
Early Years Practitioner in Reception Class within Primary Schools
Pre School worker