Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator):

This qualification is designed to cover everything you need to become an Early Years Educator. You will learn how to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for children aged between 0-5 during this important stage of their development. The course will enable you to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years, and you will also gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. This CACHE qualification replaces the Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and sets the standards for all childcare and early years professionals. Upon completing the course you can progress into a wide range of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including practising in day nurseries, nursery schools, reception classes in primary schools, pre-schools, or working as a home-based childcarer.

Topics include:
Unit 1 - Health and well-being
Unit 2 - Legislation, frameworks and professional practice:
Unit 3 - Play, development and learning for school readiness:
Unit 4 - Professional development:

Additional information:

To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process.

Additional entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but we would expect you to have substantial experience e.g. 2 years, of working in an Early Years environment. You are likely to be working as a key worker, with some responsibility for liaising with parents, observing children, and contributing to planning within the setting. A relevant Level 2 qualification would also help, though this is not obligatory. You will need to be based within the UK, or if you are overseas then within Europe. You will need to have a good command of written and spoken English, be at least 18 years of age, and be working or volunteering in an early years setting or settings, for at least 12 hours a week. During the time you are studying this course, you need to gain at least 25 hours of placement experience with each of the three age ranges listed below, and 350 hours of placement experience in total. 0 years - 1 year 11 months 2 years - 2 years 11 months 3 years - 5 years This is an online course so you will also need easy access to the internet.

Awarding body

Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education

Training for employers

This course has been specifically designed for companies training their employees.

Course reference: D70A (use this when contacting provider)

Course info


Nationally recognised qualification

Study Hours:

Variable - to suit the learner


BeginnerIntermediate Advanced

Virtual help:

No attendance for this course

Course type:

This is a distance learning course

Total time for completion:

No time limit

per course

More info on price: Payment by instalments available.

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