Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education


CACHE Childcare & Education

This course is for people with a keen interest in working with children or young people at a professional level. This qualification prepares learners to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. On completion of the course learners will gain the license to practice and the status of being an Early Years Educator with the opportunity to enter directly into the workforce or to access Higher Education.

Course Outline

There are 15 Mandatory Units which all learners must complete:

• 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


There is a combination of work placement assessed observations, written assignments, a Professional Practice Portfolio and also pieces of work which are externally set and assessed.
Examining Board – CACHE.

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements, a minimum grade 4 or C in both English Language and Mathematics at GCSE is required. It is an advantage to have achieved at least grade 4 or C in Science, which is essential if you wish to move into Primary Teaching in the future. A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’, due to the vocational aspect of the qualification and the requirement to undertake vocational experience is also needed. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will be provided).

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course there are wide ranges of opportunities available for progression ranging from:
Teaching Assistant in primary schools: Supporting teachers and helping children to develop
Nursery Practitioner: Working as part of a team to care for and educate children aged between 0-4 years
Pre- School Practitioner: Working with children aged 3-4 to prepare them for school
Nanny: Working for a family to care for their child in a home environment
University: You can choose from a range of degree courses to enable you to move onto career paths such as: primary school teaching, paediatric nursing and  social work.

Coursework & Teaching Methods

For this award the student will be expected to complete a range of assignments linked to the mandatory units. These may be in a variety of formats from essay style through to presentations of research. A variety of teaching methods and learning experiences will be used ranging from classroom based activities through to visiting specialist speakers and the completion of 750 hours of vocationally appropriate settings. The settings and amount required is outlined in the table below.

Age Range Certificate Hours Diploma Hours Total Hours
0 – 1 year 11 months 25 25 50
2 – 2 years 11 months 130 130 260
3 – 5 years 170 170 340
Specialist placements such as 5-7 years 40 60 100
Total 365 385 750
Other Information

Although the course can lead to direct entry into employment within the early years sector students may wish to progress into Higher Education and go to University. Below is an overview of the points that can be gained according to grade achieved:

Diploma Grade Tariff Points
A* 168
A 144
B 120
C 96
D 72

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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