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

Open Study College
United Kingdom (GB)
Online Course
15 Jan 2021
26 Jan 2021
Contract Type

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Course overview

Successful students will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator working with children 0-5.

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.

Upon completion of the course, students will also earn 32 UCAS points, which can be used towards further education in childcare studies.

Duration study load

You will have 18 months to complete the course. This allows you to work at your own pace. You will also need to complete 350 placement hours, across 3 age ranges (0 to 1 year 11 months; 2 to 2 years 11 months; 3 to 5 years).

Entry requirements

You will need to be at least 16 years of age to enrol onto this course. You will need to have a placement in an early years setting in mainland England with support from a workplace mentor. Students also must have basic IT skills and be fluent in English Language.

Please note, in order to secure employment which counts in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings, you must also have a level 2 qualification in both English and Maths (i.e. functional skills or GCSE level).

If you need to study Maths and English alongside the Early Years Educator course, this package is available with the Open Study College.

Course features

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Free CV critique service
  • Free employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Free XO Student Discounts card
  • Free CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option


All units are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practise in real work situations
  • Written assignments

Students will be visited by an assessor 3 times during the duration of the course as part of the overall assessment.


You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you or sent to you via email. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Do I need to be working in a nursery to enrol onto this course?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. The recommended number of placement hours for this course is 350 hours. It is important that your work placement is across the age range from 0-5 years. It is essential you secure a placement that can provide you with a suitably qualified level 3 mentor. An assessor will also need to sign off any additional evidence that you provide for an assessment relating to your placement.


Qualification Number: 601/2629/2

GLH – Guided Learning Hours

Theme 1

Health and Wellbeing

Theme 2

Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice

Theme 3

Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

Job outcomes

  • Nursery nurse


  • Accredited by CACHE

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About Open Study College

At Open Study College we have helped more than 90,000 students over the last 13 years to enrol on courses that have helped them to achieve their goals.

Offering over 650 courses ranging from childcare to beauty therapy, we have something for everybody. All of our qualifications are independently accredited by established awarding organisations to provide courses such as A-Levels, GCSEs, and CACHE.

We have a fantastic team of expert tutors, knowledgeable and friendly student advisors and a caring student support team. We’re dedicated to supporting our students and pride ourselves on our service and care. We’re also proud to be rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot from over 1,500 reviews.

Family, respect and compassion are just some of the core values our company is built upon. Everyone’s lives are different and we want to ensure that no matter what your situation is, you’re able to get to where you need to. Whether that’s developing your current job, embarking on a brand new career, or fuelling a hobby, we have the course for you.