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

The new NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification (QRN: 601/2629/2) (verify) has been approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. It has been introduced to entirely replace the current Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (RQF) from September 2014.

This qualification sets the standards that all early years practitioners must meet to ensure that they are able to support and promote children’s early education and that children develop correctly taking care to see that they are kept safe and healthy. The course promotes teaching and learning to make sure that children have the skills they need to start school with a broad range of knowledge.

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) training course and subsequent qualification will enable you to enjoy a childcare work in partnership with colleagues, parents/carers or other professionals.

What is an Early Years Practitioner (EYP)?

From September 2014 anybody who wishes to work as a fully qualified Early Years Practitioner will be required to complete this Early Years Educator course. It will be the only level 3 vocational qualification that will allow you to fully engage in childcare.

Early Years Practitioners will work in various settings to care for babies and children aged from birth to five years old and have an understanding of children aged 5 – 7 years. It will be the role of the Early Years Educator to help the children learn, develop and prepare for school. The EYP may support Early Years teachers or indeed may deliver the childcare and teaching themselves.

Am I required to do a placement?

In order to achieve your NCFE 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 I or 2 settings to cover the following age ranges:

Age range                                                                                         Hours

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

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

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

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.

What about the theory aspect of the training?

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 or via printed material through the post. Also your tutor will come out to visit you 3 times in your work setting. This will give you the opportunity to work with your tutor face to face which is a real benefit for anybody considering studying this home study course.

What can I do on completion of the Early Years Educator course?

Once you have your Early Years Educator qualification you will have a full authorisation to practise as an Early Years Educator. You will be able to work in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors doing things like:

  1. Nursery Nurse
  2. Nursery Practitioner
  3. Early Years Practitioner
  4. Day Nursery Practitioner
  5. Pre School Practitioner
  6. Nursery Teacher
  7. Early Years Teacher
  8. Reception Class Teacher
  9. Pre-School Assistant
  10. Nursery Worker
  11. Home based child carer
  12. Nanny
  13. Child-minder

"Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities." - Source: National Careers Service

How can I progress further with my studies?

On completion of your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification, which has been assigned 61 credits on the RQF (QRN: 601/2629/2), you will be able to progress onto a foundation degree/higher education.

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