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

An ideal Ofsted-recognised qualification for learners seeking the knowledge needed for a career involving children.



£1,995 inc VAT
Or £166.25/mo. for 12 months...
Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
600 hours
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students
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An ideal Ofsted-recognised qualification for learners seeking knowledge for a career involving the care and education of young children. For example, working as a childminder, nursery nurse or Early Years worker. Upon completing the course, you’ll attain practitioner status as an Early Years Educator. Moreover, with fully-qualified sector status, you’ll gain a licence and right to practice as an Early Years Educator in a variety of care settings.


Study Hours

It takes around 600 hours to complete this course. This is about an hour a day over the course duration.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to 18 months to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Your progress will be assessed over several units of study. Each unit provides tasks and assignments carefully designed to aid your knowledge-based learning. You are required to pass all 23 mandatory units which will be internally assessed.

One of the tasks involved will be a Longitudinal Study in unit 3.15 which will also be internally assessed.

It’s also a requirement that you complete 350 placement hours in a childcare setting to gain the relevant skills-based experience and show competence in a real-world working environment.

Most students organise this placement themselves and are often already working in a childcare environment. During your placement, an observation by an assessor or qualified teacher is required. We recommend finding yourself an assessor. However, if that proves difficult, we can send an assessor to observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.

Assessors will be making direct observations of the learner working with children across the age range 0-5 years. However, this can be complemented by expert witness testimonies and reflective accounts (including prior knowledge and professional discussions to access knowledge, skills and competence outside of this age range).

Expert witnesses must only be used for observation where they have occupational expertise for specialist areas or the observation is of a particularly sensitive nature. It is not necessary for expert witnesses to hold an assessor qualification, as a qualified Assessor will be evaluating the testimony provided by the expert witness. However, we can offer training support for your expert witness, and your tutor will provide details if required.

Finally, the completion of ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ forms is mandatory. Your tutor will provide the details needed to help you do this.

Course Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll attain fully-qualified status in the sector, as well as a license and the right to practice in the childcare workforce as an Early Years Educator.

Successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about CACHE here.

To successfully complete this course, you’ll have needed to achieve work placement time working with children aged 0-2, children aged 2-3, and children aged 3-5. This is because you need to demonstrate that you have and can work with children of all ages.

Once complete, you 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 childcarer

Additional Information

  • Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Difficulty - Level 3
  • Entry requirements - You don't need any prior skills or qualifications in order to enrol on this course. However, we would suggest that you've worked with children before or hold a Level 2 in Childcare.
  • Credits - 61

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Lauren asked:

Can you take this course if your not in the UK?


The written/theory coursework can be completed from anywhere in the world, as long as you have internet access and a device to work from. There are 350 hours of practical volunteer/employment placement involved in the course. This MUST be done in an Early Years Setting, ages 0-5, that follows the UK Curriculum, and there must be UK-qualified staff at Level 3 or above who are able to sign off your obersvations.

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Bee asked:

What is minimum age to start this course? How many GCSES I need to pass to qualify for thia course, please?


Hi there, there is no minimum age requirement for a GCSE, however, students usually begin their GCSE's aged 14. You would only need GCSE Maths and English to enrol onto this course. You could also do a functional skills equivalent. Functional skills is less time consuming and easier with regards to content. I hope this helps.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.