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NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Title: NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Qualification number: 601/8437/1

Exam awarding board: NCFE CACHE -Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education

Entry Requirements        

Prospective students will require A–C grades at GCSE in Maths and English with good communication skills. However, an interest in childcare is essential.

Course Content:  This qualification prepares students to work in a supervised capacity, with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of Children’s services. The qualification is split into three stages;

  • Award: Students must achieve Units 1 and 2 to complete the Award
  • Certificate: Students must achieve Units 1-7 to complete the Certificate. Students have to complete approximately 365 practical hours at a nursery placement.
  • Diploma: Students must achieve Units 9-16. Students also have to complete approx 356 practical hours at a nursery placement

UCAS information: This qualification has been awarded UCAS Tariff points.

The course will be holistically delivered and assessment will be structured around the following units:

  • Unit 1: Child development from conception to seven years  
  • Unit 2: Children’s health and well-being 
  • Unit 3: Providing safe environments for children
  • Unit 4: Child health  
  • Unit 5: Play and learning    
  • Unit 6: Understanding children’s additional needs        
  • Unit 7: Observation, assessment and planning   
  • Unit 9: Supporting emergent literacy       
  • Unit 10: Supporting emergent mathematics      
  • Unit 11: Preparing for school readiness    
  • Unit 12: International perspectives
  • Unit 13: Reflective practice for professional development      
  • Unit 14: Professional partnerships in early years  
  • Unit 16: Professional Practice Portfolio   

Duration: 2 years

Placement hours:

Learners will be required to attend placement and work with different age ranges. A minimum of 750 placement hours will be required.

Age range




0-1 year 11 months

25 hours

25 hours


2-2years 11 months

130 hours

130 hours


3-5 years

170 hours

170 hours


Specialised placement e.g. 5-7

40 hours

60 hours






Assessment methods

 To gain Early Years Educator qualification the learner will need to achieve the following.

 All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. All units will be graded A*- D.

 Learners taking the Certificate will complete an extended assessment - CCE1 (externally set, externally marked).

 Learners taking the Diploma will also complete the extended assessments - DCE2 (externally set, externally marked).


On successful completion of the Diploma students will be able to apply for entry into Higher Education. The Diploma also gives a license to practice for employment purposes. Learners’ will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators and Management in a Nursery setting. Other related employment opportunities include Children’s nursing, General Nursing, Midwifery and Teaching. This is a very popular course.