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Level 3 CACHE Diploma (QCF) Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

Subject Area
Early Years & Childcare
Qualification Gained
CACHE Level 3 Diploma (QCF) Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Study Level
Adult, Level 3
15 months Part-time
Start Date
10/01/2022, 05/09/2022
Study Mode


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.

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.

This course is a Skills Guarantee course and therefore free for adults depending on salary and prior academic attainment.

  Key Info

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

In order to achieve an Early Years Educator qualification, you will need GCSE Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths 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).

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).

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.

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


This course is a Skills Guarantee course and therefore free for adults depending on salary and prior academic attainment.

Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.



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