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Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (Level 3)


Course outline

This qualification will provide you with occupational competence to enable you to work unsupervised or in a supervised capacity in a variety of childcare settings. It is a two year course, which includes placements in a range of childcare settings every week, as well as spending the remainder of the week in College. 

Subjects / Modules include:

  • Child development from 0-7 years
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Development of professional skills

English and maths - skills for your future
Employers and universities really value skills in English and maths. So, building on your existing knowledge of these subjects will help you prepare for your future career or further study. *If you are aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above/grade 4 or above don’t worry - we’ll support you with the right lessons to increase your confidence in these essential employability skills.

Enterprise skills
Our courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you plan to go on to a higher level of study or start a career. Employability and study skills will be included to help you develop the broad skills required by industry. They will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs.

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Central College Nottingham, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6AB


05 September 2017 - 29 June 2019

Course code:


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 including English Language and Maths*
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification including GCSE English Language and Maths* at grade A*-C/9-4

*If you do not have GCSE Maths at A*-C/9-4, we may accept a Grade D in addition to your 5 GCSEs at A*-C/9-4.

Adults who are aged 19+ with relevant industry experience and GCSE English Language at Grade A*-C/9-4 are welcome to apply. You may need to complete an English and maths assessment to determine the right course and support for you.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed by the college and CACHE and this will include written work, assessment in the workplace and examinations.


Further study includes:

  • BA / BEd in Primary Education
  • BA Early Childhood Studies
  • FdA Children’s and Young Peoples Services
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Other Childcare related courses

Want to know more about the careers this course could open up to you? Check out Career Coach here!

Additional information

You will be expected to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service check (approximately £45), purchase a College T-shirt (approximately £10) and fund your travel expenses to and from your placement.

Need help with tuition fees, travel or equipment costs? Click here for more information.

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