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

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Become a fully qualified Nursery Nurse with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course.

  • Fully accredited CACHE Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator
  • Become a fully qualified Nursery Nurse
  • Successful students are qualified and work ready
  • Study alongside your work or placement
  • Assessor visit included and organised by us around you
  • Earn 32 UCAS points to support application for higher education
  • Set up your career in early years childcare
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.

Course Duration

Up to 18 months.

Course Outcome

You will be able to practice as a fully qualified nursery nurse.

Entry Requirements

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English grade C or above. You will need to have a placement in an early years setting in mainland England with support from a workplace mentor.


Tutor-marked assignments. Workplace observations.

Course content

Qualification Number: 601/2629/2

Extra info


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

Course Duration

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).

Study Method

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!

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed your course and assessments, you will be ready to work with children aged 5 and below as a fully qualified nursery nurse.

Awarding Body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.
CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.
Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.


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