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Key details

Attendance Part-time
Duration 15 months
Code
Awarding Body CACHE
Level Further Education
Start Date 05/09/2022

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Course overview

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

At Bradford College we feel this vocational route is suitable for mature learners who have some experience, either volunteering or working in early years, or may have their own children or some life experience.

The course is open to learners aged 19-23, and 24+ and is offered as a part-time vocational route to Early Years Educator.

You will need to attend College once a week (on a Friday) (in term-time) from 09.00-15.00 and will also be expected to complete independent study and assignment tasks in your own time.

What you'll study

Units are based around four themes:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
  • Professional Development.

You will be supported to achieve your practical competencies in placement with workshop sessions when you attend College each week, which will be with your assessor. She will also visit you in your placement setting, at least once in each age group to observe your practice and assess competency.

You need to experience different age groups within the 0-5 years range. The minimum requirement works out in full days as:

  • 3-5 years: – 32 days
  • 2 -2 years 11 months: – 22 days
  • 0-1 year 11 months: – 6 days.

We recommend two full days per week, however if you are working/volunteering you may be able to do more days/structure your time differently.

  • Units are based around four themes:

    • Health and Well-being
    • Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
    • Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
    • Professional Development.

    You will be supported to achieve your practical competencies in placement with workshop sessions when you attend College each week, which will be with your assessor. She will also visit you in your placement setting, at least once in each age group to observe your practice and assess competency.

    You need to experience different age groups within the 0-5 years range. The minimum requirement works out in full days as:

    • 3-5 years: – 32 days
    • 2 -2 years 11 months: – 22 days
    • 0-1 year 11 months: – 6 days.

    We recommend two full days per week, however if you are working/volunteering you may be able to do more days/structure your time differently.

Assessment

To gain this qualification you will need to:

  • Pass all Units (coursework/essays set and marked by unit tutors)
  • Complete a longitudinal study (practical observations, assessments over time like a learning journey completed during placement)
  • Show competence in a real work environment (an assessor will observe your practice, have professional discussions with you and ask for work products and reflective accounts).

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths
GCSE grade C/4 or above in English

In order to achieve an Early Years Educator qualification, you will need GCSE Grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics to count in the ratios at Level 3 in childcare settings so ideally you will already have achieved these.

If you have not, you may still be able to enrol on the course if you have been accepted to study GCSE or Functional skills at Level 2 alongside. (You would not be able to practice at Level 3 without achieving English/Mathematics minimum requirements)

Work experience

Placements or voluntary work is required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During your placement, you will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will act as a mentor. If you are employed or have voluntary work in a registered early years setting that provides all the age ranges, you will need to work within each range. If not, you will need to complete a secondment to work with the age range your current setting does not provide for. It may be possible to do this outside of school term time if you are currently employed in a school. If you do not already have a setting, you will be found a suitable placement. Bradford College will also carry out Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) checks when we have arranged placement or if you do not already have one for the setting in which you will be volunteering.

Next steps

Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

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Tuition fees

Free places may be available for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for funding through an Advanced Learner Loan. For more details on how to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan click here.

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