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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)

This CACHE Level 3 childcare qualification is the leading standard in early years’ education. Set against the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) framework, our online qualification in early years education will provide all the training you need to work with children from ages 0 – 5, as well as an in-depth understanding of youngsters up to 7 years old.

For those looking to train in EYE this is the ideal qualification. Approved by CACHE – the specialist organisation dedicated to quality care for children and adults – this distance learning course is officially recognised by employers in the early years’ sector.

By the end of this online course, not only will you possess the knowledge, skills and confidence for a successful career in early years education, but you will also have a nationally-recognised qualification that you’ll have obtained from the comfort of your home.

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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

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Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

This level 3 childcare course is suitable for anyone looking to work with children, regardless of any previous experience or education. It is the only course that will allow you to practise as a fully-qualified early years’ practitioner via distance learning. You will, however, be required to carry out a placement in a suitable environment as part of your training.

Module 1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition (L/505/9300)

Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development

Understand how food choices impact on health and development during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and breastfeeding

Understand the nutritional needs of children

Understand the impact of poor diet on children’s health and development

Understand individuals’ dietary requirements and preferences

Be able to support healthy eating in own setting

 

Module 2: Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise (A/505/9809)

Understand children’s need for exercise

Be able to support children’s exercise in an indoor and outdoor space

 

Module 3: Support physical care routines for children (M/505/9810)

Understand the physical care needs of children

Be able to use hygienic practice to minimise the spread of infection

Understand rest and sleep needs of children

Understand childhood immunisation

Be able to support children in personal physical care routines

 

Module 4: Promote children’s emotional well-being (T/505/9811)

Understand children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being

Understand the requirements for promoting emotional well-being in relation to current frameworks

Understand the needs of children during transition and significant events

Be able to promote the emotional well-being of children in own setting

 

Module 5: Understand how to support children who are unwell (A/505/9812)

Know common childhood illnesses

Know the signs of ill health in children

Understand legal requirements for reporting notifiable diseases

Understand the role of the early years practitioner in minimising ill health in children

Understand care routines when a child is ill

Understand how to support children for planned hospital admission

Understand the therapeutic role of play in hospitals

Understand the role of the early years practitioner when supporting children who are chronically ill

 

Module 6: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children (F/505/9813)

Understand legislation and guidelines for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

Understand policies and procedures for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child has been abused or harmed

Understand the purpose of serious case reviews

 

Module 7: Follow legislation relating to the health and safety of children (J/505/9814)

Understand legislation and guidelines for health and safety

Understand policies and procedures for health and safety

Be able to manage risk within an environment which provides challenge for children

Be able to identify, record and report accidents, incidents and emergencies

 

Module 8: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice (L/505/9815)

Understand how legislation, policies and procedures inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Be able to use information, advice and support to promote equality, diversity and inclusion

Be able to work in ways which support equality, diversity and inclusive practice

 

Module 9: Working in partnership (R/505/9816)

Understand the principles of partnership working in relation to current frameworks when working with children

Understand how to work in partnership

Understand challenges to partnership working

Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

Be able to complete records

 

Module 10: Understand the value of play in early years (Y/505/9817)

Understand the role of play

Understand children’s rights in relation to play

Understand play at different stages of children’s development

Understand different types of play for all children

Understand inclusive play practice

 

Module 11: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development (D/505/9818)

Understand theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches which support play

Be able to apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches in planning play opportunities

Be able to lead and support play opportunities

Be able to review how planned play opportunities contribute to own practice

 

Module 12: Promote enabling play environments (H/505/9819)

Understand the play environment

Understand how the early years practitioner supports children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments

Be able to support children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments

Understand how the characteristics of an enabling indoor and outdoor play environment meet the age, stage and needs of children

Be able to provide enabling play environments

Be able to plan and lead opportunities which support children’s understanding of the world

Be able to plan and lead opportunities which encourage children’s engagement in expressive arts and design

 

Module 13: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills (Y/505/9820)

Understand the language and communication needs of children

Be able to support children’s language and communication needs

Understand strategies which support emergent literacy

Be able to use strategies to plan and lead activities which support emergent literacy

Be able to review how planned activities support emergent literacy

Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

 

Module 14: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills (D/505/9821)

Understand how mathematics relates to children’s everyday lives

Understand how working with others supports children’s emergent mathematical development

Understand how to create an environment which supports children’s emergent mathematical development

Understand the role of the early years practitioner in relation to supporting children’s emergent mathematical development

Understand how opportunities support children’s emergent mathematical development

Be able to implement activities to support children’s emergent mathematical development

Be able to review how planned activities support children’s emergent mathematical development

Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

 

Module 15: Support children’s transition to school (H/505/9822)

Understand ‘school readiness’ in relation to the role of the early years practitioner

Understand ‘school readiness’ in relation to the current framework

Be able to work in partnership with others to support children’s readiness for school

 

Module 16: Develop children’s cognitive skills (K/505/9823)

Understand about cognitive development in children

Understand theory underpinning cognitive development

Be able to implement a learning experience which supports the development of sustained shared thinking in children

Be able to evaluate the provision for supporting cognitive development in own setting

 

Module 17: Promote children’s speech, language and communication (M/505/9824)

Understand theory and current frameworks which underpin children’s speech, language and communication development

Understand how the early years practitioner supports the development of speech, language and communication of children

Be able to create a language rich environment to develop the speech, language and communication of children in own setting

Be able to lead activities which support the development of speech, language and communication of children

 

Module 18: Promoting children’s physical development (A/505/9826)

Understand physical development of children

Understand theory and current frameworks in relation to children’s physical development

Be able to implement opportunities which promote the physical development of children

 

Module 19: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development (T/505/9825)

Understand personal, social and emotional development of children

Understand theory and current frameworks underpinning personal, social and emotional development of children

Be able to promote the personal, social and emotional development of children

Be able to implement an opportunity which promotes the personal, social and emotional development of children

 

Module 20: Support children with additional needs (F/505/9827)

Understand biological, environmental and developmental factors which may result in children needing additional support

Understand how personal experiences, values and beliefs impact on the role of the early years practitioner

Understand the principles of inclusive practice

Understand the role of early intervention in partnership working

Be able to support the additional needs of children

Be able to critically evaluate the provision for children with additional needs in own setting

 

Module 21: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children (J/505/9828)

Understand the role of observation when working with children

Understand observation methods

Understand professional practice in relation to the observation of children

Be able to carry out observations in own setting in line with current frameworks

Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

 

Module 22: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs (L/505/9829)

Understand the purpose of undertaking Longitudinal Studies

Be able to use observations to assess and plan for the developmental needs of children in line with current frameworks

Be able to critically evaluate the outcomes of Longitudinal Studies

 

Module 23: Engage in professional development (F/505/9830)

Understand professional development

Understand theoretical perspectives in relation to reflection

Be able to use reflective practice to contribute to own professional development

Please note: For this qualification you must be working, or have a placement, in England.

In order to achieve your CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification you will be required to do a minimum of 350 hours in a suitable placement.

In order to get the most out of your placement, we strongly advise that placements should be done in 1 or 2 settings to cover the following age ranges:

0 – 1 year 11 months (working with babies) 25 hours

2 – 2 years 11 months (working with toddlers) 133 hours

3 – 5 years (working with pre-school children) 192 hours

Practical evidence is required for all age groups in all units so we recommend that you complete the hours for all age groups throughout the length of your time studying. This will ensure you are able to meet the practical evidence requirements to pass the qualification.

If you have a placement in a setting which provides care and education for children and allows you to get the required experience across these three age ranges (for example a nursery looking after babies from 6 weeks to 5 years) then you do not need to do a placement outside of this one setting.

Our course is designed to be as flexible as possible and allows you to fit it in with your existing commitments. Unlike a traditional college (where you are required to attend lessons at set times) you will be able to study the theory element in your own time and in the privacy of your own home either online.

After each lesson there will be a question paper which needs to be completed and submitted to your assessor for marking. Some of the assignment towards the end of your course will require audio visual evidence to be submitted for some of the competency based assignment tasks.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 486 hrs.

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On completion of this course you will receive the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF) qualification. This qualification is listed on the RQF (Qualification Number: 601/2629/2).

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

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