Childcare & Early Years Education

Early Years Workforce Diploma - N090

Off Site Delivered On Employer Premises Level 3 Duration 2 years
Or Application Form to be returned to Student Services

The CACHE level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) prepares students to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that students will be able to enter the workforce as early years educators.

Course Details

The course is rewarding, challenging and intensive and requires a great deal of commitment and motivation.

You will need to be able to research and work independently both in college and for a substantial amount of time at home.

Time spent working across the age ranges is required for the achievement of this qualification and your Trainer Assessor will need to evidence this.

Entry Guidelines
    To study a Level 3 qualification, you will need:
    A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 4-9 including English and/or Maths (or L2 Functional Skills in English and/or Maths)
    A relevant Level 2 qualification and English or Maths at Grade 4 or above (or L2 Functional Skills in English and/or Maths)
    Satisfactory interview and/or assessment
    If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.
Equipment Required
To be discussed at interview.
Assessment Method

During your course you will be supported by a trainer assessor who will complete observations at your workplace. Assessment is via e-portfolio. To gain this qualification you will need to:

  • Pass all internally assessed units.
  • Successful observations in an Early Years setting. (0-5 years)
Additional Information
Vocational competency is gained with children from birth to 5 years and knowledge only with children from 5 to 7 years.
Where can I progress to?

When you have successfully completed your course, you may be able to progress to N100 CACHE Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner.

There are many employment opportunties in the childcare and education sector, such as classroom assistant, nursery nurse and child care practitioner. You will be qualified to supervise children and be well positioned for career progression to management

Explore potential careers via Career Match — it provides current local data on wages and employment prospects.

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Dates are available throughout the year

REF N090Q001

If you are aged 19 or over:

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £2600.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 24/25.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services via our online enquiry form


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