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Qualification name Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation NCFE
Learning method Classroom based
Course type Free Courses for Jobs
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2024
Cost description This course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs offer and may be funded by the government for eligible adults. Check for eligibility at Free courses for jobs - GOV.UK (
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Are you considering a career working with young children? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference to children's lives? If you choose to work in childcare, early years or teaching you will be playing a crucial role in shaping the lives of our future generations. This course allows you to progress onto University degrees and Higher Education based on UCAS points achieved. Study for a career to be proud of with the NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). This will help you turn your dream job into reality. The course offers you the knowledge and practical skills needed for working within the early years sector. Successful completion of the Diploma allows you to progress onto University degrees and Higher Education based on UCAS points achieved.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Applicants must have 4 GCSEs (Grade 4/5) including English Language and maths. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 qualification along with English and maths. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview. Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. You will also need to complete a DBS check, attend an interview and provide satisfactory references.

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You will study the NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education in the first year. Successful completion of the Certificate means you may progress into the second year, where you will complete the Diploma (EYE). You will attend placement for two days per week which will support the studies you do at College. Placement allows you to develop your skills and knowledge working with the age ranges 0-2, 2-3 year olds, 3-5 year olds and 5-7 year olds in different childcare settings including nurseries, reception classes, pre-schools, special educational needs settings.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

Through a combination of classroom based lectures, presentations, workshops, discussions and practical work experience placements.

Find out what material you will need.

All students working with children will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. You will also need to provide costs for text books, a uniform for work placement. A placement uniform will be available to purchase from college.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

To pass this qualification you will need to pass all units. All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods, and graded A* - D. You must also complete an Extended Assessment Task which is externally marked. You will undertake a minimum of 750 hours in work placements over the 2 years, as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

The professional status of Early Years Educator status enables you to work in many different early years roles, such as, Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, or Nursery Manager. You may choose to progress to HE, including our HND in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families, or a Foundation Degree in Early Years Services. You may also progress to degree programmes such as Initial Teacher Training (QTS), Early Years Teacher (EYT) or a BA in Early Year Childhood Studies.

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Name Stratford-upon-Avon College
Address The Willows North
CV37 9QR
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