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

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UCAS Points

This qualification has the following UCAS Points – P – 32.


NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, it is intended those learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Delivery Methods

London College of Professional Studies provides various flexible delivery methods to its learners which include blended learning, online learning, distance learning and in-class. The learners can choose the mode of study as per their choice and convenience.

Learners are able to:

  • Access All course materials, including online modules and written assignments
  • Gain Teacher support
  • Access LCPS online portal (24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal)
  • Acquire Assignments briefing
  • Receive Excellent quality study notes
  • Obtain Assignment marking and feedback.
  • Gain Fully accredited UK courses
  • Receive Dedicated customer support via chat, telephone, and email (Monday to Friday)
  • Gain Full support until the completion of the course


NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) is accredited by Ofqual regulated awarding bodies

NCFE Qualifications


The programme is available in 2 duration modes:

  • 12 Months
  • 24 Months

Course Delivery

  • Online
  • Blended Learning

Entry Requirements

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English grade C or above. You will need to have a placement in an early-year setting in mainland England with support from a workplace mentor.

Module Structure

The course units have been structured around the following three themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and Well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and Learning for school readiness

Please see the Unit List for details about which units are grouped under each of the themes. Learners must achieve:

  • 23 mandatory units
  • Credit value: 61
Unit no. Unit ref. Title Level Credit
Unit 1.1 L/505/9300 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition 2 2
Unit 1.2 WB A/505/9809 Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise 2 1
Unit 1.3 WB M/505/9810 Support physical care routines for children 2 2
Unit 1.4 WB T/505/9811 Promote children’s emotional well-being 3 2
Unit 1.5 A/505/9812 Understand how to support children who are unwell 3 2
Unit no. Unit ref. Title Level Credit
Unit 2.2 F/505/9813 Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children 3 3
Unit 2.3 WB J/505/9814 Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children 3 2
Unit 2.4 WB L/505/9815 Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice 3 3
Unit 2.5 WB R/505/9816 Working in partnership 3 2
Unit 4.1 F/505/9830 Engage in professional development 3 2
Unit no. Unit ref. Title Level Credit
Unit 3.1 Y/505/9817 Understand the value of play in Early Years 3 2
Unit 3.2 WB D/505/9818 Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development 3 3
Unit 3.4 WB H/505/9819 Promote enabling play environments 3 2
Unit 3.5 WB Y/505/9820 Developing children’s emergent literacy skills 3 3
Unit 3.6 WB D/505/9821 Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills 3 4
Unit 3.7 WB H/505/9822 Support children’s transition to school 3 2
Unit 3.9 WB K/505/9823 Develop children’s cognitive skills 3 2
Unit 3.10 WB M/505/9824 Promote children’s speech, language and communication 3 3
Unit 3.11 WB A/505/9826 Promoting children’s physical development 3 2
Unit 3.12 WB T/505/9825 Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development 3 3
Unit 3.13 F/505/9827 Support children with additional needs 3 4
Unit 3.14 J/505/9828 Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children 3 5
Unit 3.15 L/505/9829 Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs 3 5

Placement hours

During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the Real Work Environment.

To aid Assessors with discretionary decisions concerning individual experience in real work environments across the age range from 0-5 years: direct observations must continue to be used to assess competence with the age range the learner is working with but can be complemented with expert witness testimonies, reflective accounts including prior knowledge and professional discussions to assess knowledge, skills and competence outside of this age range.

Throughout this document, there is a reference made to babies. Please note that babies include children from birth to 1 year and 11 months of age. Our preference for best practice will source evidence for the assessment criteria from direct observation and first-hand experience, however, we appreciate that this may not always be possible due to accessibility and work-related employment, in such cases, evidence to meet assessment criteria can be submitted through alternative methods including:

  • Reflective accounts
  • Professional discussions
  • Summaries from interviews with practitioners.


The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged from 5 to 7 years.


Tutor-marked assignments and workplace observations.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. The Diploma is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners can progress into various unsupervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary, or private sectors such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Early Years Educator
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker
  • Home-based childcare
  • Nanny
Level 3
Duration 15 Month
24 Months
Course Diploma Course
Language English

Payment Plan

Option 1
Classes 4 to 5 Classes
Course fee £2390
Course Discounted Fee £1900
Option 2
Course Fee Instalment Plan Initial-Deposit £300

11 Monthly installments of £190 (For  companies we will charge 20 % VAT)

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