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

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18 Months
Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)
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This qualification provides license to practice as and Early Years Educator. This qualification requires placement hours in relevant settings.


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


The course is divided into 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

Learners must achieve:

  • 23 mandatory units
  • 486 guided learning hours (GLH)

How is it assessed?

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment

Do you need to have access to practical placement?

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.

How long does it take to complete?

This qualification will take 18 months to complete.

Who is this course for?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.


Learners must be at least 16 years old. CACHE does not set any other entry requirements but Centres may have their own guidelines.

Career path

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

Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

  • practitioner in day nurseries
  • practitioner in nursery schools
  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • pre-school worker
  • home based child carer

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