The CACHE Level 3 Certificate/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 or access Higher Education.
6 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language (grade 4)
A Level 2 Childcare qualification at Merit or grade B, with English Language or Maths GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above as well as:
A minimum of 85 per cent attendance on their previous qualification
A good reference from their previous Progress Tutor
An excellent placement report
Students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge.
One year for each level.
What will I study?
The units are structured around four themes:
Theme 1: Health and Well-being
Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Support physical care routines for children
Promote children's emotional well-being
Understand how to support children who are unwell
Understand the needs of the mother and baby during pre-conception, pregnancy and the first year of life
Theme 2: Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Work in partnership
Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
Understand the value of play in early years
Plan, lead and review play activities which support children's learning and development in relation to current frameworks
Apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to play
Contribute to enabling play environments
Develop emergent literacy skills of children
Develop emergent mathematical skills of children
Understand the needs of the child in preparing for school
Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
Facilitate the cognitive development of children
Develop the speech, language and communication of children
Promote the physical development of children
Promote the personal, social and emotional development of children
Support children with additional needs
Use observation, assessment and planning to support the development of children
Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children's needs
Theme 4: Professional Development
Engage in professional development
Students are required to complete 375 hours of work placement for the Certificate and 750 hours for the Diploma and will be assessed in the workplace.
How will I be assessed?
To gain this qualification the student will need to achieve the following:
- Pass in all units - All units in this qualification are mandatory. Units will be internally assessed.
- Longitudinal Study - This will be a mandatory task set by CACHE. It will be internally assessed.
Short Answer paper based on Themes 1: Health and Well-being.
Reflective Study based on Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness.
Extended Essay based on Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness.
Assessments 1, 2 and 3 will be externally set and externally marked.
Competence in a real work environment.
Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete. Unit certification will be available.
What could it lead to?
Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that students will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access higher education. From September 2014 the Early Years Educator Qualifications are the only qualifications to confer a licence to practice.
*The Early Years Foundation Stage will make clear that to count as full and relevant at Level 3 in the staff-to-child ratios, staff holding an Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and Maths, at grade C or above.