Course: Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code



Work Based Learning


2 Years



The aim of this qualification is to prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

This course can be funded through the Advanced Learner Loan.


CACHE suggest that the following placement allocation is applied. We acknowledge that some learners may need to spend longer in specific age ranges and for this reason there is a degree of flexibility. All assessment criteria must be achieved and each age range must be experienced. Significant placement experience across the age ranges must be undertaken in order to achieve the assessment.

You will need to complete the following hours:

  • 0-1 year 11 months (25 hours)
  • 2-2 years 11 months (133 hours)
  • 3-5 years (192 hours)

If you work within a setting which provides care and education for children across these three age ranges, and are able to gain the necessary hours of experience, need not seek placement outside of their setting.

You must also be aged 16 or above to complete this course.

Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a Real Work Environment.

You will also need to possess a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy skills.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence or written assignments.


Job roles include:

  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker

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